Santorum Says 'Nothing' Was Here Before White Colonizers | 22 Words

Rick Santorum has recently sparked fury as he claimed "nothing" was in America before white colonizers arrived and took over.

But that's not all he said...

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The rest of his disgusting remarks also portrayed him as ignorant and uneducated as he delved deeper into how the United States came to be.

Keep scrolling to have a look for yourselves...

Now, whitewashing has always been a problem when it comes to history.

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From the Egyptians to Jesus himself, whitewashing has taken real-life events and told them through the eyes of white people for centuries.

And through word-of-mouth, these stories were passed down through generations.

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Until they became facts that we all re-called in harmony. But historical evidence suggests that what we knew of these events may not necessarily be true.

So what is whitewashing?

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According to Merriam Webster, whitewashing can be defined in such terms: "To alter (something) in a way that favors, features, or caters to white people: such as:

- To portray (the past) in a way that increases the prominence, relevance, or impact of white people and minimizes or misrepresents that of nonwhite people.

But with the lack of technology there at the time, it was hard to prove it.

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However, recent breakthrough discoveries have led us to believe that throughout time, powerful white people have used whitewashing as a means of projecting the idea that "white" was the superior race.

Throughout history, prominent figures have often undergone whitewashing to continue the idea of the "superior race."

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Icons have been whitewashed right before our eyes and even with revelations to suggest otherwise, we still refer to them as such. That's the power of whitewashing.

Let's start off with a man we're all familiar with: Jesus.

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Despite the notable story taking place in the Middle East and his own parents being of Middle Eastern/Arab descent, in every single portrait and story, he was always portrayed as a white man. (He also always had a six-pack, which confused me a lot because I didn't think he would have time to exercise, but I guess he was carved by God?)

And even figures from the Ancient Egyptian era were portrayed as white even though they were African.

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Queen Nefertiti is one of the most famous figures to be completely transformed by western media to portray her as a light-skinned woman with Euro-centric features when in reality, she was more likely to be a gorgeous African woman with Brown skin and Black features.

And, shockingly, even Beethoven was whitewashed for centuries.

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Research from previous years (most notably 2015) highlights that one of the world's most renowned composers was in fact a Black man "in disguise."

Several articles including a recent one by The Guardian explores the idea that Beethoven was actually a Black man who wore powder on his face and had body doubles for portraits.

Not only this, but his "death mask" clearly shows that his features were not stereotypically "European."

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Even though the composer was born in Germany and resided in Austria, it was emphasized that his mother was a North African being born as part of the "Moorish" community.

For those of you that don't know, the Moors were dark-skinned North African Muslims and had direct links to Belgium.

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And not only this but Beethoven himself picked out one of his prized portraits at the time which represented him best and it was a picture where "his face is broad, his hair is unruly, and his skin is very dark."

But where does this whitewashing originate from?

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Colonization, of course.

It's no secret that most countries around the world were colonized by white people who ravaged the land, slaughtered the civilians living there, and stole their assets to pass off their own (you only have to step into a museum to know that to be true.)

But thanks to whitewashing, colonization is portrayed as a positive aspect of history.

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Some have even disguised the barbaric ways of these white colonizers as a method of "helping" the countries that were invaded.

And recently, CNN senior political commentator Rick Santorum did just that.

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He made some pretty disgusting comments about how America came to be thanks to white colonizers, stating that there was "nothing" there before them which is heavily inaccurate.

And his shocking comments outraged a lot of people...

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During a Young America's Foundation event on Friday, he told students this:

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"We birthed a nation from nothing. I mean, there was nothing here. I mean, yes, we have Native Americans, but candidly, there isn't much Native American culture in American culture."

​The comments were quickly slammed by organizations such as Media Matters for America, who called them offensive and inaccurate.

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Indigenous peoples had been living in America for thousands of years before European explorers showed up. They had their own traditions which white settlers tried to erase by forcibly removing Indigenous people from their lands, slaughtering them, infecting them with diseases, breaking treaties with them, and putting them into boarding schools to try to assimilate them into white culture.

Not only that... But it seems as though Santorum isn't aware that the country even paid tribute to the tribes.

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The U.S. Senate even paid tribute to the Iroquois tribes with a 1988 resolution stating: "The confederation of the original 13 colonies into one republic was influenced by the political system developed by the Iroquois Confederacy, as were many of the democratic principles which were incorporated into the constitution itself."

​And just to put things into perspective, Native American culture ― sports, food, dance, art, languages, and spiritual practices are all heavily part of "American" culture.

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But it must not exist because Santorum said so, right? Google is just one click away, there's no excuse to be this uneducated.

Watch the full video of his speech here:

The comments about Native Americans start around the 20:30 mark.

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