CBS is airing the final installment in the Lonesome Dove series, Comanche Moon. Now I have never read any of this series and have not seen any of the previous installments of the series on TV when they were made into TV movies, but the commercials are really bothering me. They seem overly racist. They portray the Comanche as blood thirsty savages who the pioneers had to kill just to protect themselves. This suggests that the settlers were minding their own business, just trying to live and the Comanche decided to attack for no reason. Well, I hate to try and correct the history, but it seems to me that the indigenous peoples were here much longer than the white settlers. It seems to me that we took over their land, brought disease that killed them and in many instances began the wars. From the invasion of Mexico by Cortez and the Spaniards to the concept of Manifest Destiny where the US had to expand itself "from sea to shining sea", the settlers and invaders did nothing, but destroy the land and attack the indigenous peoples. We created any violence that was found here. I am not saying that the Native Americans did not have wars among themselves over land and such, but there were set boundaries to where tribes lived and hunted. The Comanche did not decide to just take over the land of the Apache or Cheyenne because they needed all of the land. They did not wage wars on other tribes because the other tribe was "in their way". They did not destroy the vegetation and animals, hunting the bison to extinction purely as a sport, in order to expand across the land. And they sure as fuck didn't ask the damn white settlers to kill them.
So, why is it OK to show such blatantly racist shit on TV? Why is it OK to show the white settlers as declaring war on the Comanche or any other Native tribe and then blaming the tribe for fighting back? Why is it Ok for us to now romanticize this time in our history that we should be so ashamed of? It is no longer OK to romanticize the pre-Civil War south. It is not OK, anymore, in our society to show the slaves simply as racist caricatures of singing, dancing buffoons whose sole purpose in life was the servitude of their owner and yet... And yet it is still OK to portray the Native Americans as violent, vicious, ruthless savages who wanted nothing, but to kill the white settlers. Why is this OK? Can anyone answer me?