Fun History Fact: The overwhelming majority of cowboys in the U.S. were Indigenous, Black, and/or Mexican persons. The omnipresent white cowboy is a Hollywood studio concoction meant to uphold the mythology of white masculinity.
What? This is not true at all how does it have 13,000 notes I don’t understand.
"Because cowboys ranked low in the social structure of the period, there are no firm figures on the actual proportion of various races. Censusrecords suggest that about 15% of all cowboys were of African-American ancestry—ranging from about 25% on the trail drives out of Texas, to very few in the northwest. Similarly, cowboys of Mexican descent also averaged about 15% of the total, but were more common in Texas and the southwest. Other estimates suggest that in the late 19th century, one out of every three cowboys was a Mexican vaquero, and 20% may have been African-American." (Pulled from Wikipedia)
People are so weird on this website. Seriously what gave anybody the idea that the “overwhelming majority” of cowboys were not white?
“He stood, cursing himself because he had made up his mind that he would not be tired. After a while, he went back to his task; he decided that pain was not a valid reason for stopping.”—Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged pg. 36