I was ranting abt this this morning so I thought I'd make a post abt it. I know everybody probably knows all this but I just wanted to write it.
The city of Los Angeles was, as with most of the US, built upon the genocide of non white people, but the degree to which is completely obscene and not talked abt in American education.
Long before any europeans came to California, the site of downtown LA was home to a massive Native American settlement called Yaanga. It was considered one of the most important trading posts in the southwest and people as far away as Yuma, AZ (several hundred miles) knew of a giant tree which stood at the heart of it.
And then the Spanish came. The spanish created what should really be known as a concentration camp but is called a Mission and rounded up the Native Americans to work in it in slavery. Using this labour, they built what would before the first city of Los Angeles. After the Spanish-Mexican war, the land was sold to developers and the village forcibly evicted across the river.
Never ones to be outdone in a genocide, the Americans took the city in the mid 1800s. While the Spanish had had a program of forced-assimilation, elimination, and slavery, the Americans just insituted a program of elimination. The first governor of California said "that a war of extermination will continue to be waged between the races until the Indian race becomes extinct must be expected."
The Americans paid bounties, subsidised by the federal government, to anybody who killed Native Americans. The Los Angeles City Council approved the burning of the Native American settlement to the ground one night. Most of the people moved throughout the city into improvised living encampments near where they worked (unpaid Native American labour was still heavily relied on by the early city).
This was also around the height of Chinese migration to California. Chinese immigrants were housed in a dedicated part of the city near where the Native Americans had once been forced to live. This area became Chinatown which today is all good and wholesome 💯 reddit chungus.
However the Americans hated the Chinese too. In fact, Chinese Americans were not allowed to be buried properly at all and were instead dumped into unmarked mass graves. After railroad construction was finished, the new train station was constructed with the goal of eliminating Chinatown from the city. The LA Times said: "Union Station would not be built in the "midst of Chinatown" but rather would "forever do away with Chinatown and its environs.""
Today, as the city builds its new subway lines, bones of Chinese and Native American victims of American genocide are unearthed. So many people were killed that nobody even knows where they are.
Anyways, that's enough out of me, but growing up here, they would take us on tours of these spanish slave camps "Missions" and be like, "oh look they taught the Natives to read!!! how wholesome!!!" The American education system does a shit job of informing people about the bloody history that occured, in many cases, right under our feet where we go about our lives today. I know everybody here knows this, but holy fuck is it disturbing.