All they could see was Indians fighting whites, and yet at the same time, they didn’t know why

Mr. Blue talks about historical bias.

Things to think about: 

How have people remembered and/or recorded history? How does this effect us today?

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DL: Any thoughts about New Ulm?

DB: Well, again, the people were not attuned to why this atrocity was committed by the Indians against the white folks. All they could see was Indians fighting whites, and yet at the same time, they didn’t know why. When I used to work for Northern States Power Company, we were stationed there for some time. I just put up with it. I had feelings for it, yet, at the same time, what was I supposed to do. That was history and nothing could be done to change it. The written history as we now know it, again, all of it written by the wasicu, there’s nothing we can do about it to change it. It will never be changed. It will never be put in its proper perspective – never. Because one thing about wasicu is, they’re not going to admit that they made a mistake or mistakes. It will remain as is, which is again in my opinion, and I’m sure this is true with 99% of the Dakota, it’s all inaccurate.

DL: Is it possible that today they don’t know any of this occurred?

DB: No. No, they all know it.

DL: Especially in New Ulm.

DB: Yes.

Oral History- Interview | Narrator Dean Blue Interviewer Deborah Locke, Made in Granite Falls, Upper Sioux Community, MN | Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Citation: Minnesota Historical Society. U.S. - Dakota War of 1862. All they could see was Indians fighting whites, and yet at the same time, they didn’t know why December 12, 2019. http://www.usdakotawar.org/node/1008

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