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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Just In Case... were under the impression that only Conservatives can be bigoted, narrow-minded and clueless, comes this from John Aravosis at AmericaBlog. Some of the comments are very well thought-out, the ones that don't just consist of screaming obscenities at John, who is otherwise about as liberal as they get. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised, being from the South, that football can sometimes be thicker than water, but John's arguments, especially that Indians have to "prove" that a particular image is offensive, is asinine. In case you aren't interested in scrolling through 400+ comments to find mine, my point was this: the question boils down to, who gets to decide whether depictions of Indians and Indian sacred artifacts are "offensive" or not? Indians or white people? We would never EVER in a million years tolerate these kind of depictions of ANY other racial or ethnic group or their use as "mascots," whether they were intended to "honor" them or not. Why then are Indians held to a different standard? Not far from my home, we have the Alvarado Indians and the Sq**w Valley Golf Course; does it matter what the intent of Alvarado ISD or the Sq**w Valley Country Club was? Alvarado is still using a stereotypical picture of an Indian in a feathered headdress as a good luck fetish for teenage football players and the Country Club is still using a sexual and racial epithet to encourage people to play golf.
Hat tip to Wampum.

UPDATE: Pandagon suggests this is a cyclical phenomenon, like a plague of locusts, perhaps.

UPDATE 2: And that's all folks...

UPDATE 3: Avarosis has disabled the link to his original post and has evidently been deleting comments left and right. Fortunately, Wampum has preserved the comments at her site.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi - I was reading your posts over at ABlog, and followed you here. In your comments I thought you really hit the nail on the head, so to speak.

I'll bookmark this site and check back occasionally.

As to this rant -- unfortunately its the same song, 6th verse (that I know of). Always the same: post something stupid, commenters try to reason and post thoughtful opposing viewpoints, he starts deleting comments and banning people willy-nilly, blames everyone else, calls them names, then (did you notice this?) frantically posts other threads so this one will go further and further down the page, and eventually deletes ALL the comments.

The first I remember was his rant on the Holocaust Museum in DC. Then the absurd "We Saved Haiti," then the "Big Girl" thread where he thought calling someone a Big Girl was a fine insult, even though all his women commenters and 99.99% of the men disagreed. Then Cynthia McKinney, then McKinney Redux, then his handling of Alito's nomination.

Umm, well then, I guess this makes at least verse 7.

I lost all the respect I had for him after his second hissy fit. Actually I no longer even think its sad. Just to be expected.

2/18/2007 9:14 PM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

Wa do! Thanks for dropping by. Make yourself at home and help yourself to some frybread and Dr. Pepper. Tell all your friends about us.
Frankly, I haven't been that big a reader of AmericaBlog, except as a source of links, because most of his stuff (even the stuff I agreed with) seemed exceedingly shrill. As for this kerfuffle, I don't even know what to say. I suspect he had no idea how big a can of worms he was opening.

2/18/2007 10:51 PM  

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