Although disguising themselves as Mohawk–perhaps a symbol of resistance and insubmission–was a serious act of indecency, given the colonialists’ role in the genocide against the Mohawk and other indigenous nations of North America, their defiance of the British East India Company and the British government was well founded, and their decision to mask their identities was wise, given the harsh consequences that would follow. Interestingly, m0st of the Independence movement, including George Washington, the richest colonialist, denounced this massive act of property destruction. Why? They said it gave the movement a bad name, or that it justified harsher British repression. Sound familiar? If the internet existed at the time, surely some blogger would have spread the theory that the tea party was the work of provocateurs.
Boston Tea Party
Posted on January 3, 2013
Posted in: Masks throughout history