Not a good week out. The weather beavers are making noises about the latest whirly storm coming through Greater Metropolitan Arab. And the oatmeal for brains crowd is making neuroneg noises again.
I ran across a video [Link] this morning entitled “Why Columbus Day Should Be Renamed Indigenous Peoples’ Day.”
Utter, odoriferous Stercus.
Not that I have any attachment to Columbus. He was an opportunistic prevaricator. IOW, a politician, at least in contemporary terms. Put him in an office in Muntgum or Washton and he wouldn’t be discernible from any of the other elected thieves officials.
Nope, what makes it stercus is the “indigenous” part.
For the bogs who think this is a neat word and that they are using in accurately, a bit of dictionary effort:
Indigenous In*dig”e*nous, a. [L. indigenus, indigena, fr. OL. indu (fr. in in) + the root of L. gignere to beget, bear. See In, and Gender.] [1913 Webster]
1. Native; produced, growing, or living, naturally in a country or climate; not exotic; not imported. [1913 Webster]
Simply put, what makes this stercus is that this is pure and simple a prevarication comparable to that of Columbus claiming to have discovered the Americas.
The Americas were discovered by Asian folks who wandered across the Bering landbridge (or paddles along it – I wasn’t there and the anthropologists are lacking in credibility) during the last Ice Age. Or so.
So yes, some old arriving peoples “discovered” the Americas.
It ain’t fer certain – BIG TIME – that the current “Native Americans” – Amerinds – are anywhere near those people. Any more than those of us who meandered over – via ancestors – from Western Europe are.
But the bottom line that we are Ivory Soap sure of is that humans – homo sapiens – did NOT evolve on the American continents.
Everyone who has ever lived in the Americas was a emigrant or offspring thereof.
NO Native Peoples. So cut out this Indigenous Peoples Stercus. It’s laughable and degrading and insulting. The people who settled the Americas were hard working, survival oriented folks and we have no reason nor excuse to degrade them with false labels.
The Canadians do this right. They seem to still have some national rationality, not doctrinaire delusion. They call these folks the “First Peoples.” As long as we silently add American in the middle, that’s better. And not a politician norm lie.
But this Indigenous Peoples Day is as big a nausea spew as is Columbus Day.