[Marxism] George Carlin on Indians

Craven, Jim JCraven at clark.edu
Sun Mar 14 10:35:18 MST 2004

Subject: George Carlin on Indians

"...Now the Indians.  I call them Indians because that's what they are.
They're Indians.  There's nothing wrong with the word Indian."

"First of all, it's important to know that the word Indian does not
derive from Columbus mistakenly believing he had reached India. India
was not even called by that name in 1492, it was known as Hindustan."

"More likely, the word Indian comes from Columbus's description of the
people he found here.  He was an Italian, and did not speak or write
very good Spanish, so in his written accounts he called the Indians,
'Una gente in Dios.'  A people in God.  In God. In Dios. Indians.  It's
a perfectly noble and respectable word."

"As far as calling them 'Americans' is concerned, do I even have to
point out what an insult this is? -----

We steal their hemisphere, kill twenty or so million of them, destroy
five hundred separate cultures, herd the survivors onto the worst land
we can find, and now we want to name them after ourselves?

It's appalling.  Haven't we done enough damage?  Do we have to further
degrade them by tagging them with this repulsive name?...."
"You know, you'd think it would be a fairly simple thing to come over to
this continent, commit genocide, eliminate the forests, dam up the
rivers, build our malls and massage parlors, sell our blenders and
whoopee cushions, poison ourselves with chemicals, and let it go at

But no.  We have to compound the insult."

"... I'm glad the Indians have gambling casinos now.  It makes me happy
that people are losing their rent money to the Indians.  Maybe the
Indians will get lucky and win their country back.  Probably they
wouldn't want it. Look at what we did to it."
James M. Craven
Blackfoot Name: Omahkohkiaayo-i'poyi
Professor/Consultant,Economics;Business Division Chair
Clark College, 1800 E. McLoughlin Blvd.
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disturbing to me...(Karl Marx, "Grundrisse")

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