White America, we need some serious history education, and we need it desperately.

Ranging from well-intentioned white people to absolutely atrocious human beings who play at running a government, we’ve all got one major thing in common: A serious lack of historical knowledge and context. In particular, we really lack a clear knowledge of what our country truly was founded on.

To get us started, here recent examples from some of the current 2020 Democratic hopefuls who’ve been using this rhetoric throughout debates and in response to tragic events (that would probably not happen if what they say is true):

Steve Bullock: “Our nation is founded on the basic idea that every American’s voice matters.”

Beto O’Rourke: “We very consciously started out 243 years ago on the premise that we’re all created equal. We never quite lived up to it, but until now, until this administration, we never stopped trying.”

Joe Biden: “America was founded on the ideals of equality, equity, [and] fairness—but has failed to live up to that promise for all people.”

Jay Inslee: “As president, I will accept historic numbers of refugees—because we need to live up to the promises of diversity, equality and inclusion that our nation was founded on.”

The problem is that this rhetoric, this “we used to be better than this” ideology—regardless of whether or not they intend for their meaning to not be this, is… completely and utterly inaccurate for American history.

So, let’s take a look at what was happening before and during  the founding of the United States of America. Today, I’m going to look at three different historical moments involving Indigenous peoples across the country. (And just so I don’t have to say it, this is not an

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