Lisa, I'm not sure someone who can't differentiate between "owe's" and "owes" should be criticizing anyone else's writing. But it's nice to see that you're making progress yourself: at least you're not creepily fantasizing about an author's face turning "red with shame" in vibrant detail like you have in the past. Babysteps. I disagree with the author in that I found the Brown staffers' conduct offensive, though I didn't find it as extreme as to be congruent with racism. I have never seen any Indians engage in the tomahawk chop or issue exaggeratedly cartoonish war whoops, so I don't see how that relates more the authentic Indian customs than showing a disembodied fake headdress. I'd actually find the headdress more problematic for utilizing an item that has actual ceremonial significance in many customs. So Brown didn't fire someone after they used a simplistic and disturbing stereotype. Well, Warren didn't resign her nomination or her professorship after using the simplistic and disturbing stereotype, "high cheekbones . . . like all the Indians do." Do you think she should? Furthermore, Brown at least apologized for the incident, unlike Warren. No one said that it was about looks. Like the article says, Brown said he meant, "as you can see, the evidence shows she clearly is not." If we're not taking Warren to task on her "high cheekbones" remark, I think it's consistent to let Brown amend and revise his comments to express his point more clearly. I think the argument centered on asking what Brown has done for Native Americans misleading. He hasn't made their issues the centerpiece of his stint in the Senate, but he also hasn't publicized himself as an authority or representative of Indians. Warren implicitly and indirectly has by telling interviewers she will the the first indigenous Senator from her state. At this point, Brown has responded for to requests for comment from this website, so I'd say an elected official has to be willing to at least talk to you to do anything about helping your objectives. Warren hasn't even done as much (how hard is it to assign a spokesman to issue a reply?) and hasn't done anything for Native Americans throughout her career. So Brown has the leg up on that one. Independents and moderates should definitely support him since he's apparently willing to accept some responsibility for unnerving sentiments that arise from his campaign. If you're far to the left and can't in good conscience support a Republican, then I think you are right: those people should vote for the Green candidate.
Monday, October 1, 2012 - 23:17