Re: Amerind an offensive term (was: Early Amerind assimilation

Stephen Barnard (
Tue, 30 Jul 1996 19:59:46 -0800

Mary Beth Williams wrote:
> Oh, you're offended by the truth? In the US, if you claim Native
> American status, you are making a claim to membership in a legally
> defined class of persons. So what is your tribal affiliation?

I have a maternal great grandmother who was a Jew. That was considered
shameful at the time by my family, so everyone said she was a
"Cherokee". Since the Jews trace their ancestry matrilinearly, I guess
I'm of the Hebrew tribe, and damn proud of it.

I find this one-upsmanship of victimhood and group identity ridiculous.

Steve Barnard