Monday, August 22, 2005

Peeeeyeeewwww: Somebody's speaking truth to power again

Vernon Bellecourt of the American Indian Movement is representing the National Coalition on Racism in Sports and Media on Michael Medved right now, decrying Indian names for sports teams and weapons (Apache helicopter, etc.). He just said (I'm paraphrasing) that at least 16 million Indians were killed by "germ warfare" in North America. Paraphrasing again, "It's like the Nazis wiped out the Jews and then said, let's honor the Jews by naming weapons after them." Charming.

Update: Boy, I paraphrased that second Bellecourt quote so faithfully it bore almost no resemblance to what he actually said. He actually said giving sports teams Indian names was like the Nazis wiping out every Jew on earth and then, to honor them, naming a soccer team the "Berlin Jews." Sorry, Vern.

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