Re: What's appropriate material for anthro-l? (was Re: Marcial

Robert Johnson (johnsorl@COLORADO.EDU)
Fri, 17 Feb 1995 07:47:05 -0700

On Sat, 18 Feb 1995, Danny Yee wrote:

> I wasn't going to reply to this, but, as you all know, I'm loath to
> drop things.
> > Danny, I would suggest you get the advice of a constitutional
> > lawyer on this matter. This is an open forum on the subject of
> > anthropology on U.S. government funded internet. It is subject
> > to provisions in the U.S. Constitution as well as U.S. Civil
> > Rights Act. This new change in your thinking could conflict
> > with your obligations in this matter.
> I have *no* such obligations; I am not a US citizen and am not
> resident in the US. Nothing in the US constitution or the US Civil
> Rights Act is relevant to me. The Internet is not US government
> funded. Some of the networks which make it up may be, but that is
> a different kettle of fish entirely; as someone recently pointed
> out in alt.culture.internet, you could take the entire US out of the
> Internet and it would continue to function quite happily, albeit with
> lots of resources (like this list) no longer accessibe.
> I find it amazing that someone who is so concerned to stress the rights
> of indigenous peoples should reach for the US Constitution as if it
> were universally applicable. Marius Johnston did exactly the same thing
> not so long ago, but that wasn't so surprising.
> > I for one, in consideration
> > of the blood spilt from Yorktown to Gettysberg to Little Bighorn,
> > would be very careful in any matter even remotely akin to
> > censorship.
> I wasn't aware that any of the battles you mention were fought for
> freedom of speech, and would question why they are any more relevant
> to the topic than (say) the battle at the Eureka Stockade (the closest
> thing Australia had to a Civil War) or the battles Aboriginal groups
> fought during the occupation of Australia by the English. (Less
> dramatic than native American resistance, but even less well known.)
> > If there are those who wish to have or discuss
> > anthropology in an environment which permits discrimination
> > against anyones views, then I suggest they create their own list.
> You seem to think that anyone who disagrees with you is discriminating
> against you. Let me assure you that a) I have no power to censor this
> list and b) I have no desire for it to be censored.
> > Let us hope that we don't return to the days in which Black people,
> > Chicanos. Jews, Asians, gay people, or others are discriminated
> > against because of their skin, beliefs, or ways of expression. Or
> > anyone else for that matter.
> So at the moment these groups aren't discriminated against at all????
> > I for one will not permit it.
> I'm glad to hear this; I can stop worrying about racism and discrimination
> and relax, secure in the knowledge that you have everything under control.
> Danny Yee.
> P.S. I strongly recommend that you see a psychiatrist. You write well and
> you have interesting things to say; if you weren't so paranoid I think
> you'd be an extremely valuable contributor to the list.