“Franklins Argument about Native Americans”
Benjamin Franklin wrote “In Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America” because he wanted people to understand that those so called savages are really different from us and that’s okay. Every culture has some form of rudeness and politeness in it. Not all cultures are the same, and everyone’s life is different. Benjamin explains the differences between our society and their nation. Also, he explains that their manners differ from ours. Benjamin Franklin argues in this writing to restore the respect of Native Americans.
“Savages we call them, because their manners differ from ours, which we think the perfection of civility; they think the same of theirs” (Franklin, 1784). It is not nice to call a culture “Savages” because not only is it disrespectful, but who are we to criticize anyone? Franklin wants people to respect the Native Americans and stop discriminating against their culture. He wants people to realize that every culture has a little bit of good and bad in it. Everyone likes to have their privacy, and Benjamin Franklin understands that. So, he wrote “In Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America” to make the people understand that Native Americans like their privacy too, which is definitely part of respect.
“If a white man, in traveling through our country, enters one of our cabins, we all treat him as I treat you; we dry him if he is wet, we warm him if he is cold, we give him meat and drink, that he may allay his thirst and hunger; and we spread soft furs for him to rest and sleep on; we demand nothing in return. But, if I go into a Whiteman’s house at Albany, and ask for victuals and drink, they say, “Where is your money?” and if I have none, they say, “Get out, you Indian dog”(Franklin,1784). Benjamin is trying to point out that Native Americans should not be treated like dogs. They should be treated with the same respect and no differently.
People should not view Native Americans...