Reflections, Observations: "After the Mayflower"--WE SHALL REMAIN
I glanced up at the screen. I was shocked and stunned with what I saw. Clips of what was to be shown in the next hour or so.... A white family, their cabin behind them, tending to their yard.... Indian men in the trees watching, then, attacking, killing.
For the next half hour, viewers in central Illinois who watch WILL-TV (housed at the University of Illinois) were given a savage-bloodthirsty-Indians-story that We Shall Remain is challenging with its Native voice and viewpoint. The Lively Family Massacre is a documentary of a woman in Illinois seeking her family roots. A documentary of genealogy research that goes back to the 1800s when the Lively family set up a homestead. A professor is interviewed. He says that we don't know why the Kickapoos attacked that family. Maybe they were retaliating for something that was done to them, the professor said, "we don't know." The woman said the Lively family was scalped and one of them was beheaded.
Comment: I don't think The Lively Family Massacre was on in my area. But then, I don't live in an area determined to defend its white privilege via the racist Chief Illiniwek.
Reese and JPM also comment on a reporter who wrote that Geronimo "slaughtered countless Americans." As JPM put it, these are "three loaded words nestled cozily within a sentence that detonates in the brain." Go to the original posting for more on these subjects.