ZIN’S A PEOPLES HISTORY Saydee Bennett 11-28-11 Period 2 English 11
Zin’s Bias“When the Spaniards took prisoners they hanged themor burned them to death. Among the Arawaks, masssuicides began, with cassava poison. Infants were killedto save them from the Spaniards. In two years, throughmurder, mutilation, or suicide, half of the 250,000Indians on Haiti were dead.”I think Zinns bias is that the Spaniards are vicious coldhearted people who worked the indians to death, tookthem prisoner raped their women and children, and
Zin’s Bias“They ... brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and manyother things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawksbells. They willingly traded everything they owned... . They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features.... They do not beararms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took itby the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron.Their spears are made of cane... . They would make ﬁne servants....With ﬁfty men we could subjugate them all and make them dowhatever we want.”Zin made the Natives out to be kind hearted, intelligent but no somuch, strong and handsome.
Noble Savage“Arawak men and women, naked, tawny, and full ofwonder, emerged from their villages onto the islandsbeaches and swam out to get a closer look at thestrange big boat.”I believe he is romanticizing the noble savage.
Noble Savage“The Indians, Columbus reported, "are so naive and sofree with their possessions that no one who has notwitnessed them would believe it. When you ask forsomething they have, they never say no. To thecontrary, they oﬀer to share with anyone...."He Depicts the native americans as strong, handsome,and very giving people.
ConclusionWe demonize people by opinion. We do not do it topeople of our own culture because we believe we arethe better more proper race. We romanticize peoplebecause they are a diﬀerent more mystical race, theirsmore mystery to them.
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