Examining a racist passage in the Declaration Of Independence

Published July 2, 2021


NPR’s “All Things Considered” interviewed Donald Grinde Jr. about a racist passage in the Declaration of Independence. The passage in question wrongfully labels Native Americans as “merciless Indian savages.” Grinde said, “This is part of the political rhetoric to justify, you know, wars along the frontier and take land. And so this is part of the politics that's going on at the time.” Grinde said the union formed by the Founding Fathers was imperfect and that modifications to the wording still need to occur. 

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