Re: Amerind an offensive term (was: Early Amerind assimilation
19 Aug 1996 16:53:02 GMT (Bryant) wrote:
>In article <4v8a23$>,
> <> wrote:
>> (Bryant) wrote:
>>>Why *should* any of us care less? Questioning motives is an interesting
>>>exercise after it's been shown that somebody's arguments are illogical,
>>>but it's a poor argumentation tactic.
>>>Why not look at the content of one's post, respond to it as though it were sincerely posited
>>I did respond directly to his statements and took them on face
>>value. I of course assumed he ment what he said. Why wouldn't I?
>Sorry! Joel's accused me of going off on tangents on some obscure part
>of a post, and here I've gone and done just that. I've been a tad
>preoccupied, lately, with a common Internet argumentation tactic that
>involves calling somebody a name (be it "bigot" or "sexist" or whatever)
>and then declaring that because they're a (bigot/sexist/whatever),
>there's no need to consider their thoughts on a given matter.
>I'm sorry if I made my point at your expense; that was bad form on my
>part. I just quoted Stephen's comment as an opening for my
>comment. Sorry, it was careless of me, and I quoted you out of context.
>I'll watch that from now on.


......On the other hand, I've not seen
>anything I've interpretted as "anti-Native American" in his posts. I
>think I'd remember, because I've a pretty mean knee-jerk reaction to

I abhore racism and love learning. I try very hard to understand and
appreciate other people and cultures and sometimes become very
frustrated when it appears that others can not or will not do the

Some time ago I beleive it was Steve Russell who was trying to
explain the position of the Native American and wow talk about gang
warfare! I thought to myself "Paloma, don't butt in because you will
not be *nice*." So at that time I did't, but it did seem as though no
one would listen to him. He's a tough cookie and kept plugging away.
Then apparently I unintentionally latched on to a side comment made
by Stephen and let loose so I slapped myself on the hand and said
"bad girl," (sorry Stephen) I do not make it a practice to hurt
feeling or to step on toes but with a racist I'll take the entire

>I'm sure that my query to Eric was also interpretted by some in the same,
>rather unflattering light as Stephen's comments were by you. (I asked Eric
>whether only those with Euro-typical alleles in North America are
>"squatters," or whether his use of the term also applies to Dine
>genotypes within traditionally pueblo lands).

You wear steel toed boots don't you? ;-)

>I'm sorry that my sloppy method (quoting Stephen as an intro to a point I
>was making) unfairly implied that you were saying something other than
>what you meant to be saying. I screwed up, and didn't mean to
>mis-characterize your position.

Thanx again.


"Don't worry about the changes in the key
just play within the range of the idea"

Charlie Parker