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The U.S. military’s ongoing slur of Native Americans
Washington Post ^ | Jun 26th 2014 | Simon Waxman

Posted on 06/27/2014 9:55:16 AM PDT by Second Amendment First

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In the United States today, the names Apache, Comanche, Chinook, Lakota, Cheyenne and Kiowa apply not only to Indian tribes but also to military helicopters. Add in the Black Hawk, named for a leader of the Sauk tribe. Then there is the Tomahawk, a low-altitude missile, and a drone named for an Indian chief, Gray Eagle. Operation Geronimo was the end of Osama bin Laden.

Why do we name our battles and weapons after people we have vanquished? For the same reason the Washington team is the Redskins and my hometown Red Sox go to Cleveland to play the Indians and to Atlanta to play the Braves: because the myth of the worthy native adversary is more palatable than the reality — the conquered tribes of this land were not rivals but victims, cheated and impossibly outgunned.

The destruction of the Indians was asymmetric war, compounded by deviousness in the name of imperialist manifest destiny. White America shot, imprisoned, lied, swindled, preached, bought, built and voted its way to domination. Identifying our powerful weapons and victorious campaigns with those we subjugated serves to lighten the burden of our guilt. It confuses violation with a fair fight.

It is worse than denial; it is propaganda.

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Noam Chomsky has clarified the moral stakes in provocative, instructive terms: “We might react differently if the Luftwaffe were to call its fighter planes ‘Jew’ and ‘Gypsy.’ ”

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Simon Waxman is managing editor of Boston Review.

This is insanity!

1 posted on 06/27/2014 9:55:16 AM PDT by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First
Let's just outlaw the English language. It offends too many people.
2 posted on 06/27/2014 9:57:21 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: Second Amendment First
It looks like an effort to erase Native Americans from world history. Without a name to remember them by, they will truly become a forgotten people.
3 posted on 06/27/2014 9:59:03 AM PDT by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

From the comments: Oh please. Another article that makes me embarrassed to be a liberal.


4 posted on 06/27/2014 10:00:12 AM PDT by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First
We are surrounded by idiots.

They are called "liberal media".

Not to be confused with just plain old dumb ass liberals.

5 posted on 06/27/2014 10:00:23 AM PDT by OldSmaj (I am an avowed enemy of islam and obama is a damned fool and traitor. Questions?)
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To: Second Amendment First

“Why do we name our battles and weapons after people we have vanquished?”

Kind of a reach there ain’t it simon? Pretty sure it’s done in honor of those folks and not to offend. Get a life will ya?.............GEEZ.


6 posted on 06/27/2014 10:00:26 AM PDT by V_TWIN (white pri)
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To: Second Amendment First

7 posted on 06/27/2014 10:00:33 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: 2001convSVT
It looks like an effort to erase Native Americans from world history

I agree. That was my first thought.

8 posted on 06/27/2014 10:00:45 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Second Amendment First

Okay, Mr. Waxman, let’s name the Redskins the Panzers. You oaky wit dat?.........


9 posted on 06/27/2014 10:01:14 AM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,743 threads and 84,837 replies.)
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To: Second Amendment First

“Another article that makes me embarrassed to be a liberal.”

That should occur during every waking moment.


10 posted on 06/27/2014 10:02:07 AM PDT by V_TWIN (white pri)
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To: Second Amendment First

Will Harry Reid Tell This 100% Navajo Indian High School Their ‘Redskins’ Mascot is Racist?
http://www.tpnn.com/2014/06/19/will-harry-reid-tell-this-100-navajo-indian-high-school-their-redskins-mascot-is-racist/


11 posted on 06/27/2014 10:03:15 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Second Amendment First

We name our tanks after great American Generals. I do think we should name the next helicopter The Honkey. We name our ships after states.


12 posted on 06/27/2014 10:04:49 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Second Amendment First

Well, what about all those Army posts named after Confederate Generals? Lee, Hood, etc. Isn’t that ‘racist’?


13 posted on 06/27/2014 10:05:39 AM PDT by DugwayDuke
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To: Second Amendment First

I know some Comanche who were upset that RAH-66 did not go into production; they felt like their tribe was not being honoured with a combat machine.


14 posted on 06/27/2014 10:05:45 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Second Amendment First

We did to the Indians what they were trying to do to each other. We are, in sum, the best thing that has ever happened to Mankind period.

Indians WERE often as brave in battle as Men can be and as such are worthy of Tribute in the minds of Men who understand Human nature in battle.


15 posted on 06/27/2014 10:06:27 AM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: Second Amendment First

So should lots and lots of presidants, admirals, US cities and States be offended at having ship named after them? Should various general be mad that they had tanks named after them? No. It’s a sign of respect. That’s why there is no US helicoper named Hitler.


16 posted on 06/27/2014 10:07:26 AM PDT by thorvaldr
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To: Second Amendment First

could SImon...POSSIBLY be the offsrping of ...Henry Waxman??


17 posted on 06/27/2014 10:07:57 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Second Amendment First

You have got to be kidding. Honoring great warriors is now an insult? Or more likely, a reason for empty headed holier than thou “liberals” to feign offense on behalf of others. Bunch of posers.


18 posted on 06/27/2014 10:09:10 AM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party ...or else it's more of the same...)
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To: Second Amendment First

This story is such a... White Lie....

;-)


19 posted on 06/27/2014 10:09:52 AM PDT by navyguy (The National Reset Button is pushed with the trigger finger.)
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To: TalBlack

Excellent post.


20 posted on 06/27/2014 10:10:57 AM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party ...or else it's more of the same...)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

sort of like there was never a civil war or Confederate States of America. Their flag is banned everywhere and history is being rewritten by the Politically Correct liberal idiots.


21 posted on 06/27/2014 10:12:30 AM PDT by fish hawk (no tyrant can remain in power without the consent and cooperation of his victims.)
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To: Second Amendment First

portraying our native friends as violent, militaristic people.


22 posted on 06/27/2014 10:13:33 AM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Taliban, Fast and furious, VA, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: Second Amendment First

These liberal fools have nothing better to contribute to America....it speaks volumes. Useless bastards...that can only make trouble for others.

The DemocRat platform...just keep attacking problems that do not really exist.


23 posted on 06/27/2014 10:13:43 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: Red Badger

While we are at it; I would suggest that we rename the EPA the “Green SS”, the IRS could be renamed the “Internal $$ and one of my favorites, the BLM can become the “T-SS”. It’s for the turtles after all.


24 posted on 06/27/2014 10:14:42 AM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: Darksheare

The aurhtor of the article mentions your favourite schmuck - Noam Chomsky.


25 posted on 06/27/2014 10:16:27 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Second Amendment First
This line shows that this buffoon has no concept of what we in the military honor:

If the native tribes did not stand a chance, this does not imply lack of resistance or of courage; regardless, it doesn’t much matter in this context. Whatever courage they had, the U.S. military is not heir to it. If honor matters to the members of our armed forces, they will agree.

Honor does matter and we honor those who fought bravely against us. That is our, undying honor to those with whom we have faced on the field of battle.

26 posted on 06/27/2014 10:17:44 AM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: Second Amendment First

The moral of the story...don’t get conquered.


27 posted on 06/27/2014 10:18:35 AM PDT by strider44
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To: Second Amendment First

My rototiller has a 1938 Tecumseh engine on it and I only live about 30 miles from Tecumseh MI.


28 posted on 06/27/2014 10:19:44 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

And outlaw English people since they’re all razist anyways.


29 posted on 06/27/2014 10:23:10 AM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal (Bible Summary in a few verses: John 14:6, John 6:29, Romans 10:9-10)
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To: Second Amendment First

30 posted on 06/27/2014 10:23:25 AM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: Second Amendment First

Thank goodness that those of us who are not white, have sniveling, liberal whites available to tell us what should offend us....

31 posted on 06/27/2014 10:23:52 AM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: TalBlack

While you’re right on, libtards will have us believe that all “Native Americans” lived in peace, harmony, tranquility and established a utopian society that excelled in mathematics, sciences and human evolution.

No diseases, no killings, all one with nature. I’m not kidding either.....


32 posted on 06/27/2014 10:26:11 AM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal (Bible Summary in a few verses: John 14:6, John 6:29, Romans 10:9-10)
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To: 2001convSVT
Without a name to remember them by, they will truly become a forgotten people.

IIRC, the HMS Beagle (unforgotten because of Charles Darwin) was of a class of ship named after an American Indian tribe.

Mr. Waxman has his work cut out for him...

33 posted on 06/27/2014 10:27:38 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Second Amendment First

So what are going to do, outlaw anything that references a Native American, because there is a whole lot out there, probably more than imaginable. Or do we just want large entities to pay up enormous sums of money...


34 posted on 06/27/2014 10:28:17 AM PDT by jughandle (Big words anger me, keep talking.)
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To: Second Amendment First

I believe that US Military has already stopped using American Indian terms for exercises. Under Bush43, maybe.


35 posted on 06/27/2014 10:30:12 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Second Amendment First
Why do we name our battles and weapons after people we have vanquished?

Do we have Rebel drones, now?

36 posted on 06/27/2014 10:30:53 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: Red Badger

“Okay, Mr. Waxman, let’s name the Redskins the Panzers. You oaky wit dat?”

Careful, you might get the detroit tigers (tanks) in trouble. lol


37 posted on 06/27/2014 10:36:23 AM PDT by V_TWIN (white pri)
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To: TalBlack

Honoring the warrior is exactly right. I dread anything being named after the head of this administration. Getting sick at the thought.


38 posted on 06/27/2014 10:36:24 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: Second Amendment First

The destruction of the Indians was asymmetric war’

Oh screw off you victim of collegiate thievery. The warfare wasn’t asymmetric. Both sides were fighting in many instances.

You were robbed by your college. You paid them good money and you were given a wholly inadequate education. It is criminal how they robbed you.


39 posted on 06/27/2014 10:39:41 AM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: thorvaldr

The U.S. Navy use to name their Ocean going fleet tugs after American Indian tribes.


40 posted on 06/27/2014 10:39:43 AM PDT by X Fretensis
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To: rjsimmon
"Whatever courage they had, the U.S. military is not heir to it. If honor matters to the members of our armed forces, they will agree."

A warrior's combat worthiness is measured by the combat worthiness of the warriors he has defeated in combat.

With that in mind, defeating Arabs in combat isn't a noteworthy achievement, so I don't think any future U.S. Army aircraft will bear Arab names.

41 posted on 06/27/2014 10:40:32 AM PDT by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war,and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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To: Second Amendment First
Denials of racism are further proof of your racism.

Now shut up and board the freight car.

42 posted on 06/27/2014 10:40:44 AM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Why can’t these news rags just fold already?


43 posted on 06/27/2014 10:41:24 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Second Amendment First

now this is just getting silly.

Native Americans are part of our history as America.

its the same reason why we have Corinth Mississippi, Syracuse New York or a number of Londons are Berlins around the country.

Greek Titans aren’t real but we still name Missiles after them.


44 posted on 06/27/2014 10:44:29 AM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: TalBlack
We did to the Indians what they were trying to do to each other. We are, in sum, the best thing that has ever happened to Mankind period.

Indians WERE often as brave in battle as Men can be and as such are worthy of Tribute in the minds of Men who understand Human nature in battle.

I don't much care about what happened to the Indians. What happened to them has happened to every indigenous people when a more advanced civilization expanded into their area. The same thing happened to the Gauls, the Celts, etc in ancient times as the Romans moved further north and west. When descendants of those people moved into the New world, they moved out the primitive indigenous people here as well. It's always been that way. Somehow, the bad treatment of American Indians is the only instance of this that we ever hear about.

45 posted on 06/27/2014 10:45:03 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte (Psalm 14:1 ~ The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”)
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To: Second Amendment First

The US government has been using the letter “R” for decades. CENTURIES even!

Personally I am offended by the government’s profiteering and using the letter “R” in tax codes.

I demand that they pay me $9 Billion dollars.


46 posted on 06/27/2014 10:58:04 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: DugwayDuke
*Well, what about all those Army posts named after Confederate Generals? Lee, Hood, etc. Isn’t that ‘racist’?*

What about all the things that the military uses that are here on the Earth? The Earth was created by God. Everything that they use comes from the Earth or is on the Earth.

Isn't there some violation of the “separation of Church and state” by mentioning an object that is on the Earth? /s

47 posted on 06/27/2014 11:01:17 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: Second Amendment First
“Apache, Comanche, Chinook, Lakota, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Black Hawk, Tomahawk”
- Bad

“USS Gabby Kelly Giffords”
- Good

48 posted on 06/27/2014 11:06:01 AM PDT by Selene
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To: Sans-Culotte

I agree completely. The Indians lost because they fought using Stone-age tools against guns and cannon. And they were a bunch of backward barbarians who hadn’t progressed technologically in eons.

Time doesn’t stand still. So boo freakin’ hoo for the Indians. Crap like this isn’t going to help them get past their defeats.


49 posted on 06/27/2014 11:22:51 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: strider44

another moral of the story

look what happens when you have an open border policy


50 posted on 06/27/2014 11:28:50 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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