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

Matt Silberstein (
Fri, 23 Aug 1996 20:02:12 GMT

In sci.archaeology wrote:

>Stephen Barnard <> wrote:
>> wrote:
>>> Stephen Barnard <> wrote:


>As I have mentioned before I have only watched this thread
>intermittently and may have missed some points of view. I don't mean
>to pick on a side comment but why should you not still be satisfied
>with Native American? The indigenous people here were and still are
>not Indians.

The argue that with -the people who are decendants of the people who
lived here when Columbus arrived- who approve of the term "Indian".
Then maybe you will understand the original question.

BTW, perhaps the above phrase should be adopted. If we can't use
language to communicate, at least we can amuse. ;-)


>>> Well the white-bread midwesterners may be on to something. Does
>>> the word Hebrew ring a bell? JU-daism is a religion. Remember, the
>>> one that came before Christianity and Islam, numero uno in the
>>> chronology of the big three!
>>What's you point?

>My point is simply that the "white-bread midwesterners" you spoke of
>seem to want to be correct or at least polite in how they address
>any group of people and the word Jew has and still is used by

Having been in that situation, it is more likely that that person was
uncomfortable with Jews.

>May be in light of this the word Jew had lost its flavor to
>these people and they were atempting to soften, on their own, what
>they perceive as an *offensive* reference with an acceptable

Who gets to pick the substitutes? In place of Jew I prefer Grand
Exalted Pooba. But I settle for Matt most of the time.

>But what they did not do was create a cutesy yuppy style,
>white wine and cheese *slang* reference such as Amerind! What the
>h--- is an Amerind?

I accept that Amerind not a prefered word, and do not use it. But for
sheer sound, I like the word. I also like "Inja Indian" spoken in an
upper class Britiah accent.


>>I'm not speaking for "white America". I'm speaking only for myself.

>I do not take your remarks as speaking for white America, however, I
>do feel your comments mirror the smug sentiments of most of white
>America. If you did not intend to give an impression of being smug
>or intolorant may be you should try, if you can, divorcing yourself
>from yourself and listen and hear your own words as if they were
>coming from a stranger. You may be surprised at what you learn.

In they use an irony meter on comments like this. Mine is
broken, but I would guess this post gets at least a 8.5 (on a scale of

Matt Silberstein


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