The long history of canine violence against minority groups


I never thought about dogs this way. Today’s needull throws light on some important history related to canine violence used against minority groups.

Yet examining the history of canine violence in European and Euro-American colonialism is not an easy task. Dogs do not write their own history and few have written it for them. Only in the past two decades or so have scholars in the field of animal studies aimed to uncover the historical experiences of creatures that hold no verbal or literary commonalities with humans. Given the close relationship between humans and dogs, historians can examine how human-canine relations are expressed through episodes of camaraderie, domination and violent subjugation.

Because of their propensity to be fiercely loyal, certain dogs have been bred and trained with the specific intention of racially subjugating those non-white populations that resisted imperial expansion. Conquistadors devastated indigenous communities with this method. Dogs sailed with Iberian colonists and were used to track, subdue and sometimes kill indigenous peoples.

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Tyler D. Perry — History Today

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