He and others like him are capitalizing on America's birthday at Jamestown to train people to reject the last 400 years of historical interpretation in favor of what I call "the new mythology" of Jamestown.
This new mythology is "new" because it has recently been invented.
It's trendy. It's hip. It's also baloney.
And it's even more insidious than the absurd portrayal of a provocative Pocahontas and her environmentally conscious animal kingdom presented by Walt Disney.
The new mythology teaches that America was founded by ruthless Christians who, very much like Nazis, engaged in a "holocaust" against an innocent and peace-loving people. One "new mythology" exhibition in Jamestown portrays the Indians as "in harmony with the life that surrounds them." On the other hand, America's Founding Fathers, we are told, came from a land of "limited opportunity" ravaged by economic despair and governed by a "small elite."
Phillips thinks Indians are rewriting history because their oral traditions lack documentation. In contrast, Europeans wrote down their beliefs and motivations. Let's see what they thought in their own words:
[King George] has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers . . . the merciless savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
This is the kind of nonsense one sees a lot from WorldNet Daily,which has a far-right fundamentalist flavor. The fact that the Jamestown 400 folks have been as open as they have to the Virginia tribes deserves credit, I think.
Writerfella here --
We should not waste the opportunity to get Don Imus and David Yeagley included here as modern fundamentalists. Their background families MUST have come through Ellis Island, after all. There was a special on TV today that said 30% of America's current population had such an arrival. writerfella thinks that such a figure way is low and the actual percentage is far higher. Natives, it should be noted, knew of the island and picnicked there quite often. But none of the Native people had that place as their original landing spot...
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