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

Toby Cockcroft (
Wed, 14 Aug 1996 11:09:39 -0400

In article <>, Joel and Lynn Gazis-Sax
<> wrote:

>I will defer to Steve Barnard that I was wrong on Toby Cockcroft. On two
>counts: First, Toby is a "he" (yes I know some female Tobies), and
>second, that Toby does believe in some version of political correctness.

No I don't beleive in any form of political correctness. It was an
attempt to cover my butt due to the intensity of debate in this thread.
Perhaps I should have left out the terms political and correct (in
conjunction) those words were chosen in haste and were read in a manner
that they were not intended to. The main point of my post was that the
act of naming and renaming one's self is a symbolic attempt to assert self
determination and escape the control of dominant cultures (whatever those
may be, you decide).

I don't subscribe to political correctness I was simply trying to outline
a process.

Toby Cockcroft MA Anthropology University of Western Ontario