Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Ready, Set G(eronim)o

From The Corner on NRO:

There's an interesting article on the front-page of the WSJ this morning about the mystery of
Geronimo's skull (no free link) — it seems that it may have been stolen from its gravesite some years ago, possibly by members of Yale's Skull and Bones society. This allegation, for which there is some less-than-conclusive evidence, understandably has a few modern-day Apaches upset. But check out this graf:

"Who in the hell would do such a thing?" asks Raleigh Thompson, a former council member for the San Carlos Apache Tribe who has taken part in efforts to bring Geronimo's remains to its Arizona reservation. "I guess it's the way my elders used to explain to me that white people are," he adds.

Can you imagine a newspaper printing a similar comment about non-whites — say, about black residents of New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina? There would be a furor, and deservedly so. But this comment, aimed at America's official oppressor race, will barely cause a yawn.

I love/loathe posts like this. I love them, because they get my panties in a bunch. I loathe them, because they get my panties in a bunch. I'm a complicated (pantied) creature, apparently.

I'm not sure if John J. Miller realizes the literalism of the term "America's official oppressor race" when used in conjunction with the Native American population.

It's very fashionable these days to complain that racism against whites is one of the few remaining "accepted" prejudices. To some extent I'm sympathetic to that. No one likes to be insulted racially, and those people who claim that we somehow psychically deserve the guilt for oppression committed by our ancestors are the same sort of people who enjoy Opus Dei-style thigh barbs.

But let's face it, folks - we done gone and fucked the Injuns over. Not just hundreds of years ago (though, rest assured, we fucked them ROYALLY then), but throughout American history. As Chris Rock commented both hysterically and poignantly, when was the last time you saw a family of Native Americans out to dinner together? Um, never?

Having a group of Ivy-League, Secret Society blue bloods steal the skull of one of your more revered ancestors in some sort of liquor-fueled hazing ritual would indeed continue a pattern of turning the Native American population over and collectively shaking them for lunch money. Or, if you prefer your metaphors blue, a pattern of continually sodomizing them for shits and giggles.

I give Miller credit for realizing that this sort of thing is going to understandably upset "a few modern-day Apaches," but there's a reason that it'll only upset a few of them, John. There aren't many of them left.


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