They were very religious people that come over here from the old country. They were very human. They would shoot a couple of Indians on their way to every prayer meeting.”
— Will Rogers – Cherokee
Word. We have to kill people in order to save them…while going against “thou shalt not kill”…
And this quote really spoke of Rogers’ wisdom and “getting it”.
“Every man’s religion is good. There is none of it bad. We are all trying to arrive at the same place according to our own conscience and teachings. It don’t matter which road you take.”
More Native American wisdom here.
**edited to add: I found this tidbit of Rogers’ death:
While Rogers is now touted as the Favorite Son of Oklahoma, he never lived there. Born in the Cherokee Nation in 1879, Rogers grew up among his people. He left home to travel the world in 1902, five years before Indian Territory – renamed Oklahoma – was subsumed into the United States. ”We spoiled the best Territory in the World to make a State,” Rogers wrote. Only later would he master the lariat and become one of the most popular men in the country. He would return home throughout his life and always hoped to reside there after his stint in popular culture. Unfortunately, he died in a 1935 plane crash before he was able to retire.
…died in a plane crash…hmmm….