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Re: Theos-World Lidofsky: A teacher compares George to Adolf

Mar 05, 2006 01:06 PM
by Bart Lidofsky

By the way, if you cite Ward Churchill's work, please note that he is an extremely controversial figure who has been already caught in numerous lies, and there has been a consderable amount of refutation to his theories.

Doing some additional research on the germ warfare during the French and Indian War, it turns out that, by the time the program was initiated, the native Americans targeted were already being ravaged by smallpox, so it is questionable whether or not the blankets actually did anything, not that it excuses the actual behavior.

Back to the Civil Rights movement in the United States, there were certainly many Theosophists involved, as they were involved in better treatment of the Australian aborigines, treatment of the native people in Indonesia, and particularly in India. However, Blavatsky had specifically called for the Theosophical Society as a whole to stay out of politics:

"Those who know us at all need not be told that there is no association in the world which builds its hope of success on Government favour, less than the Theosophical Society. Our business is with truth and philosophy, not with politics or administration."

Bart Lidofsky wrote:

krsanna wrote:

I'll look for an article published around 2003 acknowledging that the U.S. Army infected blankets with smallpox before giving them to the Cherokee, who had been rounded up at gunpoint in the middle of the winter. It made news in the Native American community at the time I worked in Native American Studies at a state university. The acknowledgement was not widely published in the predominantly White media.

Smallpox was definitely transmitted by blankets during the French and Indian War. Of course, by then, an estimated 90-95% of the Native American population in what is now the continental United States had already been wiped out by measles, smallpox, and the Bubonic Plague.


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