Does the name "Native American" insult the rest of us?



President Obama, busy dewhitening American history by renaming Mount McKinkley "Denali", unintentionally raises an interesting issue. Does the name "Native American" insult the rest of us? I mean, after all, if the tribes are "native" American, what does that make the rest of us? If one group is labelled "native", it implies the rest of us are foreigners.

I don't know about you, but I was born in America and I don't like the implication of being a called a second class citizen. What if white Americans banded together and said they wanted to be called "Superior Americans"? Wouldn't that be insulting to black and Hispanic Americans? It certainly would, in the same way that "Native American" is insulting to the rest of us who were born here.

The tribes used to be called American Indians, until the PC name "Native American" was thought up to make them sound superior. Neither name makes a lot of sense, since the tribes who were here didn't consider themselves "American" before the colonists got here. They never called it "America" or even had a name for the entire country because they themselves had no country.

If you ask tribal people what they like to be called, they will tell you they want to be called by the name of their tribe, whether it be Lakota, Navajo, or Cherokee or whatever. (No offense meant by "whatever", Megyn!).

"I . . . would rather be known as, 'Tom Arviso Jr., a member of the Navajo tribe,' instead of 'Arviso, a Native American or American Indian.' This gives an authentic description of my heritage, rather than lumping me into a whole race of people."

That's right, tribes didn't consider themselves one cohesive group, any more than a person from Britain would first describe himself as a "European". This is simply a name picked by liberals to show faux sensitivity.

Therefore, I think tribal people should be known by the name of their tribe. If there are a group of Blackfeet, call them Blackfeet. If there are a group of Cherokees, call them Cherokees. If a group of Navajos are riding in a Cherokee jeep, say that Navajos are riding Cherokees. And so on.

But doing so wouldn't fit in with the liberal mindset of lumping all "Asians" together and "Hispanics" and "Native Americans", because lumping them together increases their perceived numbers and political power and implies groupthink.

For me, I miss terms like "Oriental", it tells me someone is from Japan or China or thereabouts rather than Pakistan or India, which is quite different. Now I can only use that word for carpets.

So what do you think, are you offended by terms like "Native American"?

(Abridged version originally published in AT)



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