The War of 1812

You remember all the fuss about the confederate flag? Is this any less offensive? At least the confederate flag always admitted what it was about, ( Heritage not hate not working, nice try.) This Is The American Anthem! Based on a song exalting the side invading Native lands, attacking Canada and fighting against their very own escaped slaves, the OG Colonial Marines.

America, specifically Southern Slave states and the expansionist West, destroy the Natives posse decided to take France’s side in the great French English war. To announce this, we attacked Canada. This resulted in England burning the Capitol and basically kicking American ass for being cheeky.

“In the fall of 1811, Indiana’s territorial governor William Henry Harrison led U.S. troops to victory in the Battle of Tippecanoe. The defeat convinced many Indians in the Northwest Territory (including the celebrated Shawnee chief Tecumseh) that they needed British support to prevent American settlers from pushing them further out of their lands. Meanwhile, by late 1811 the so-called “War Hawks” in Congress were putting more and more pressure on Madison, and on June 18, 1812, the president signed a declaration of war against Britain. Though Congress ultimately voted for war, both House and Senate were bitterly divided on the issue. Most Western and Southern congressmen supported war, while Federalists (especially New Englanders who relied heavily on trade with Britain) accused war advocates of using the excuse of maritime rights to promote their expansionist agenda.

In order to strike at Great Britain, U.S. forces almost immediately attacked Canada, then a British colony. American officials were overly optimistic about the invasion’s success, especially given how underprepared U.S. troops were at the time. On the other side, they faced a well-managed defense coordinated by Sir Isaac Brock, the British soldier and administrator in charge in Upper Canada (modern Ontario). On August 16, 1812, the United States suffered a humiliating defeat after Brock and Tecumseh’s forces chased those led by Michigan William Hull across the Canadian border, scaring Hull into surrendering Detroit without any shots fired.” –

The first colonial marines! Escaped slaves and freedman, hired and trained by the British, who played a key part in part in dropping bombs on US forces, that aforementioned burning of the capital I mean.
“The Corps of Colonial Marines were two Marine units raised from former slaves for service in the Americas by the British at the behest of Alexander Cochrane.[1] The units were created at two different times, and were later disbanded once the military threat had disappeared.
The first Corps was a small unit that served in the Caribbean from 1808 to 12 October 1810, recruited from former slaves to address the shortage of military manpower in the Caribbean. The locally-recruited men were less susceptible to tropical illnesses than were troops sent from Britain. The Corps followed the practice of the British Army’s West India Regiments in recruiting slaves as soldiers.[2]

The second, more substantial, Corps served from 18 May 1814 until 20 August 1816.[3] The greater part of the Corps was stationed on the Atlantic coast, with a smaller body occupying a fort on the Gulf coast in Florida.[4] Recruits were accepted from among escaped slaves who had already gained their freedom on coming into British hands and who were unwilling to join West India Regiments.[5] The establishment of the force sparked controversy at the time, the arming of former slaves representing a psychological threat to the slave-owning society of the Americas).[6] As a consequence, the two senior officers of the Corps in Florida (George Woodbine and Edward Nicolls) were demonised in Niles’ Register for their association with the Corps and inducing slave revolt.” –

Also allied against United States forces, natives, who were trying to protect their land from invasion.

“The War of 1812 was an important conflict with broad and lasting consequences, particularly for the native inhabitants of North America. During the pivotal years before the war, the United States wanted to expand its territories, a desire that fueled the invasion of native homelands throughout the interior of the continent. Tribal nations of the lower Great Lakes, including the Shawnee, Potawatomi, Ojibwa, and others saw their lands at risk. The same was true for the Muscogee Creek, Seminole, Choctaw, Cherokee and Chickasaw in the south.

The Native leaders who emerged in response to this expansion shared a single concern, that of protecting tribal lands. There were Indians who sided with the Americans — Red Jacket and Farmer’s Brother led a Seneca faction to help the Americans at the Battles of Fort George and Chippewa. But most Indian nations sided with the British against the U.S, believing that a British victory might mean an end to expansion. In all, more than two dozen native nations participated in the war. In addition to the Lower Great Lakes Indians, led by Tecumseh, and Southern Indians, the Mohawks fought under Chief John Norton to hold onto their lands in southern Quebec and eastern Ontario.

The Shawnee war chief, Tecumseh, and his brother the Prophet, also known as Tenskatawa, played crucial roles in leading the Indians in the war. By 1811, Tecumseh had built a confederation of more than two dozen Indian nations, all of whom hoped to stop the American settler encroachment on their lands. One might ask why would they be concerned? The answer is clear. Tecumseh and his followers had observed eastern coast and upper Great Lakes Indians being removed from their lands by settler expansion, and they had seen a domino effect as one removed nation encroached on another’s land. The residential order of more than one hundred eastern Indian nations had been permanently disrupted. Furthermore, both the French and Indian War, called the Seven Year’s War in Canada (1756 to 1763) and the American Revolution (1775 to 1783) cost many native nations lives and land. The Indians in Tecumseh’s confederation had every reason to be concerned about the future.”

This is the war the national anthem was written for. True the offending verse isn’t sung, but this is the war. Not just the British but native allies and escaped slaves, fighting against those who enslaved them. This is the song young Colin ain’t feeling, and from young John Crawford, Tamir Rice, to the insane Grand Jury for big Mike, you can see where the saltiness is aimed. Some have mentioned his status and Whiteness as signs of hypocrisy, rejecting systematic police violence and black disparity in sentencing. To which I say, “say whut?”

It has nothing to do with all White people, nor portions of the justice system that don’t practice bad tactics, he is using his public figure status to speak on it. He is risking money and status, but the dam is breaking for us all. Cameras have brought us the worst excesses of policing and social media has turned the consumption of the knowledge to cracklike levels. 

I didn’t have fun learning this bit of history perspective, but the core facts here are not opinion. Americas getting better, but dang, time for a new song. What about America the beautiful until we get a better flag song wrote?

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