posted on Dec, 21 2009 @ 06:02 PM
reply to post by Little One
Thanks for pointing that out. Not being from America I'm always a bit nervous with the terminologies. I have, however had posts by Native Americans
where they refer to themselves as "Indians" (for example see www.abovetopsecret.com...
). Messages about this appear to be
mixed. The term also still appears in literature and politics (AIM, BIA, "Indain Counrty", pan-"Indianism").
Then I've also had other Americans criticizing me for using the term "Native American", since their ancestors had lived in the US for generations
and they also feel "native" American.
Especially considering the large Asian Indian comminities in the US, I do agree that the term is a hitorical misnomer that is confusing, dated and
perjorative. Where possible the specifc nation can be referred to ("tribe" may also be offensive), but often a collective term is required, and so
far there is no clear replacement that doesn't endanger one's teeth somewhere or other!
Interestingly in German, there is a clear distinction between Asian Indian "Inder", and Native American "Indianer".
I wonder if there is a general consensus on whether "Indian" was really always intended in the same vein as calling African Americans the "n"
word? "Black" seems to be OK for the African diaspora, whereas "red" would be offensive to Native Americans. That is really for Americans to
address. I will call people as they request: some individuals find the politically correct terminology alienating and regard it as further
mythologizing the past.
Perhaps some Natives have taken ownership of historical labels, just as gays have taken ownership of "queer", and blacks of the "n" word.