We Don’t Like That Image Of Ourselves

Some poetry from Marlon Brando, starting at 2:36 on the video below:

Our schoolbooks are hopelessly lacking
Perhaps criminally lacking
in revealing what our relationship was with the Indians
When we hear
as we’ve heard throughout our lives
no matter how old we are
that we are a country that stands 
for freedom
for rightness
for justice for everyone
It simply doesn’t apply to those who are not white
We were the most 
rapacious
aggressive
destructive
torturing
monstrous people
who swept from one coast to the other
murdering and causing mayhem among the Indians
That isn’t revealed
because we don’t like that image of ourselves
We like to see ourselves perhaps as John Wayne sees us

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