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

Stephen Barnard (
Sun, 11 Aug 1996 08:48:50 -0800

Eric Brunner wrote:
> Bryant ( wrote:
> : In article <4udbdo$>,
> : Eric Brunner <> wrote:
> : >: >> Bryant wrote:
> : >: Who said I'm an anthropologist?! Can you guys perhaps attack the
> : >: content of my posts instead of using all these straw-man characterizations?
> : >
> : >Your post had limited content, since you addressed no standing litigation
> : >issues. Sorry I didn't get around to pointing that out to you a few days
> : >ago, my system was being user-unfriendly.
> : Limited or no, and despite it's being rather tongue-in-cheek in nature,
> : my post did posit a question which can be easily answered: Responding to
> : the characterization of Euro- and Afro- and Asian-Americans as
> : "squatters" (presumably on native american lands), I asked if other late
> : comers (like the Dine who dispossessed pueblo groups of their lands)
> : should also be considered "squatters."
> The ease of the answer (possibly the inverse of the utility of the answer)
> depends on what your question really means. Is your question framed in your
> mind as a question of ethics, or morals, or laws?

Bryant is simply trying to determine what you mean by "squatters", and whether
you willing to use the term in a consistent, non-racist way. From the way
you're wiggling around the question, like a politician asked about abortion or
taxes, I have to assume that the answer is "no".

Steve Barnard