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August 17, 2006

Offensive language

On Sunday (8/13, Sports) The Star reported that “American Indians have filed a legal challenge to the Washington Redskins’ trademark, contending that the NFL team’s name is racially offensive.” The article concludes: “It is the policy of The Kansas City Star not to use the word ‘Redskins.’ An exception was made in this instance.”

Although this high-minded spirit would be appreciated were it the actual policy of The Star, the fact remains that each July 4 (including this year) the paper publishes an editorial decrying “merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes, and conditions.” (The editorial space is given over to the Declaration of Independence.)

In light of this annual rite of vitriol, I say: Spare me your (newfound) righteous indignation.

Vince Milum



You make a good point, Jack. It's ironic that in the minds of many, the western Indian tribes are viewed as vicious and warring, but the opposite is true. The image of the eastern tribes is that of grand villages and lacrosse, while in fact many of those tribes were quite brutal.


Gimme a break, Vince! Have you ever actually read a book about the Indians and the early wars on this continent?

First they sided with the French (maybe that's why they called it the "French and Indian War"). During that time the Indians would wipe out and scalp every living thing in an Anglo farmstead or village. It was only after these attacks that the Anglo farmers started returning in kind their atrocities.

In the Revolutionary War it was much the same. The Indian tribes sided with the British. They killed and tortured many settlers, including their children.

The Indians had a legitimate beef. The setlers were taking their land. However, the Indians never acted in any "humane" manner toward their enemies. It is quite understandable that the settlers responded in kind.

So please Vince, spare me your righteous indignation.

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