The Trail of Tears will go down in history as one of the most shameful episodes in domestic US history. During this shocking endeavour, launched by the US Federal government, the colonial authorities decided to ethnically cleanse the land east of the Mississippi of First Nations people. Tens of thousands of indigenous people from six tribes were forced to walk from their ancient homelands all the way to Oklahoma. If they refused they were punished and/or killed. The Cherokee, Muscogee, Seminole, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Ponca died in their thousands along the way. It is estimated that of the 16,000+ members of the Cherokee who were forced to move, as many as 8000 died along the Trail of Tears.
Given the history of the founding of the United States, it becomes easy to see why the US government should today favour Israel and its horrific policies in relation to the people of Palestine. The Palestinians are now undergoing what the Cherokee went through in 1830 – 1850. The difference is that now the world is being informed of the injustice being meted out to Palestine. In 1830, many inside the US and many more outside had no idea as to the suffering that the indigenous people were undergoing.
No US government has ever moved to appropriately or fully compensate or apologize to the tribal people for all that they went through. The injustice of the Trail of Tears or, as the Cherokee call it, The Place Where They Cried, continues.