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Marc Simmons: Mangas Coloradas was powerful Apache chief
Marc Simmons looks at the life of Mangas Coloradas, one of the most powerful Apache leaders:    Who was the greatest Apache chief and warrior of them all? Geronimo, Cochise, Victorio, Nana? Men raised in the border country invariably claimed that honor belonged to Mangas Coloradas. 

THIS BOOK IS RACISTSweeney is always describing the Indeh as ferocious, bellicose, wild, untamed, and stubborn. I couldn’t finish his one on Cochise and in his final book From Cochise to Geronimo Sweeney stated “the Chiricahua Apache have gained the reputation for being fierce, uncompromising, and unmerciful adversaries of the Americans and Mexicans. But were they warlike by nature? One of my earlier statements in my Cochise biography makes that assertion,  but I would now argue the reverse” its funny cuz he only seemed to have come to that conclusion when the Indeh entered a period in which they were on the losing end of the wars against whites and thus Mexicans and suffered greatly. So Native people are savages when they strong enough to kick the asses of racist invaders and are only humanized when they are raped, starved, naked, diseased, depressed, nearly exterminated, and forced off their land? Yeah that makes sense…if you adhere to white supremacy. Sweeney’s books are very ethnocentric and inconsiderate of Apache people. When citing Apache sources, his bias leans towards those who supported American occupation. He believed American expansion to be inevitable and called Indigenous peoples stubborn for resisting it and through critical of things like massacres (to masquerade his racism) Sweeney generally supported military action against Native peoples.  He extols General Crook who has this liberal “i understand you savages and i care enough to listen to you but you still live in my white mans world” approach which white historians love when in reality it just reflects the White Man’s Burden. Sweeney also labeled those forced on reservations who did not want to adhere to that life as indolent.  He hated on indignant Apache people (who were rightfully indignant). He just a flat out racist. If you are going to write about a group of people dont you have to respect them first?  And when it comes to the Mexicans, I know the Indeh had the capacity to merciless to them, but it was a direct result of the tension caused by the white Spaniards who enslaved southwestern Natives and forced Christianity on them starting in the 16 century and that tension lasted and caused coutnless wars between the Indeh and spanish speaking peoples. Also although mestizos would often be fighting against Natives, the white or light skinned men of Mexico were in charge. So the Mexican wars against natives were white supremacist imperialist wars.   these books have a lot of information, but a lot of issues too.

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Marc Simmons: Mangas Coloradas was powerful Apache chief


Marc Simmons looks at the life of Mangas Coloradas, one of the most powerful Apache leaders:
    Who was the greatest Apache chief and warrior of them all? Geronimo, Cochise, Victorio, Nana? Men raised in the border country invariably claimed that honor belonged to Mangas Coloradas.

THIS BOOK IS RACIST
Sweeney is always describing the Indeh as ferocious, bellicose, wild, untamed, and stubborn. I couldn’t finish his one on Cochise and in his final book From Cochise to Geronimo Sweeney stated “the Chiricahua Apache have gained the reputation for being fierce, uncompromising, and unmerciful adversaries of the Americans and Mexicans. But were they warlike by nature? One of my earlier statements in my Cochise biography makes that assertion,  but I would now argue the reverse” its funny cuz he only seemed to have come to that conclusion when the Indeh entered a period in which they were on the losing end of the wars against whites and thus Mexicans and suffered greatly. So Native people are savages when they strong enough to kick the asses of racist invaders and are only humanized when they are raped, starved, naked, diseased, depressed, nearly exterminated, and forced off their land? Yeah that makes sense…if you adhere to white supremacy. Sweeney’s books are very ethnocentric and inconsiderate of Apache people. When citing Apache sources, his bias leans towards those who supported American occupation. He believed American expansion to be inevitable and called Indigenous peoples stubborn for resisting it and through critical of things like massacres (to masquerade his racism) Sweeney generally supported military action against Native peoples.  He extols General Crook who has this liberal “i understand you savages and i care enough to listen to you but you still live in my white mans world” approach which white historians love when in reality it just reflects the White Man’s Burden. Sweeney also labeled those forced on reservations who did not want to adhere to that life as indolent.  He hated on indignant Apache people (who were rightfully indignant). He just a flat out racist. If you are going to write about a group of people dont you have to respect them first?  And when it comes to the Mexicans, I know the Indeh had the capacity to merciless to them, but it was a direct result of the tension caused by the white Spaniards who enslaved southwestern Natives and forced Christianity on them starting in the 16 century and that tension lasted and caused coutnless wars between the Indeh and spanish speaking peoples. Also although mestizos would often be fighting against Natives, the white or light skinned men of Mexico were in charge. So the Mexican wars against natives were white supremacist imperialist wars.   these books have a lot of information, but a lot of issues too.