There's nothing inconsistent about me pointing out the contradiction in appointing yourself an arbiter of writing quality without being more attentive about your own writing. I'm outlining the presumtuousness of the practice, not condoning it, so it's rather irrelevant whether or not I didn't hit the space bar in "babysteps." I think you yourself demonstrated a personal and visceral reaction with the rather disturbing tangents about Mr. DeLaune acting like royalty and imagining his face turning red with shame in old age. Op-eds by definition are commentary, as well, so I don't see the difference between commentary above the "Comments" section and commentary below it. If you're intent was to inspire the reaction "backing away slowly," you definitely succeeded in your take on previous pieces. There is a distinction between ignorant offensiveness and scary anti-Indian bigotry, just like there's one between someone saying, "oh, Indians are such an exotic minority," or asking if you grew up on a reservation versus someone saying, "Indians are all drunks," or expressing the sentiment that Indians should be exterminated, for example. The war whoops and tomahawk chops were offensive, but, no, they did not seem to originate in a hatred toward Natives. Asking what Scott Brown has done for Indians is misleading in a specific manner within the setting of this race because it sets up an implicit comparison with an ideal candidate who has done something for Indians. That's not the case because he's running against a woman who has done even less for Indians than he has, even when you adjust the consideration for the fact that she has no votes to judge. Sometimes an election is the lesser of two evils. In my opinion, Brown has acquitted himself of that for Indians who are in the middle or able to bring themselves to vote for a Republican. They've both offended people, but the only one who has even made a superficial attempt to take some sort of responsibility and address the issue is Brown. Warren hasn't even done that. Sure, I understand that some people simply can't pull the lever for a nominee with an "R" beside their name, which is why I said they should go Green.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 19:02