“Great” does not necessarily mean “good”. This was not ‘America’ before 1492. Most every single border in the entire world was made by war. Even those ‘natural’ borders were fought over and won or lost. In this land, before 1492, Native tribes fought each other and made territory boundaries. Humans are human.
Were Native Americans mistreated, abused, nearly wiped out in genocide? Yes. That was the way of the world then and before. Many indigenous people were slaughtered, enslaved and worse Was it right? No, and surely not by our standards today.
The United States of America was founded some 300 years later on Great principles, Great Ideals and Great values As a Nation we did not always practice those words written to law, but what we have done was to correct those that we came to recognize as being wrong, and were capable of correction. We do not move fast enough, and we are not finished doing so, and never will be. As long as our Constitution says “…in Order to form a more perfect Union” WE, the People, and that means ALL the People, are charged with the continuing effort of making every single one of us free and equal.
November 20, 2017