I find the relationship between the Native Americans and the Europeans to be very interesting. The European civilization is far more advanced technologically than the Native Americans, yet they struggle with basic survival skills. The Native Americans prove to be the superior group, in that they could easily feed their people, and attaining enough food to get through a tough winter was relatively easy, while the European group had to resort to cannibalism and other horrible methods of survival. The incompetence of the early European settlers however had a terrible effect on the future of the world. The ideas about race being a factor in whether or not someone should be a slave began to sprout here. The ideology of white privilege took form among other horrible things. The white European settlers developed a mindset that they deserved more than the Native Americans, and other people of color, so they took action on this mindset. The European settlers laid waste to many Native Americans and their lands essentially because they were better at the game of survival.
The horrible mindset the European settlers grasped onto is very relevant today. The United States of America has officially abolished slavery and almost everything connected to it, but racism has done anything but gone away with it. The way European settlers and early Americans set a precedent that black people are lesser than white people has permanently affected the mindset of so many people even today. I think it is very important for people to read “drawing the color line,” so people can see the horrible nature of what so many people believe. This chapter outlines slavery rooted in race, and it provides a new perspective to the black lives matter movement today that I think people need to understand.