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From: Cherokee21 DelphiPlus Member Icon4/5/08 10:24 PM 
To: All  (1 of 9) 
Steve Russell: Addressing ethnic frauds
Friday, April 4, 2008
Filed Under: Opinion

"In my last column, I talked about Andrea Smith's tenure case at the University of Michigan. I am Cherokee, and Smith has in the past claimed that same tribal affiliation. Her e-mail handle, I have learned, is ''Tsalagi.''

In my last column, I mentioned 15 refereed articles, two books written, book chapters written and books edited. These are the currency of academia: what you have done rather than what you are born.

We academics claim to rule a meritocracy. That is why article and book referees do not know the names of authors. The authors might be professors from another field, graduate or even undergraduate students, or current residents of the state hospital for the criminally insane.

If we hold the truth to be self-evident that all persons are created equal, then that equality ends in the nursery. This baby is fussy and that baby seems content. Some adults are drawn to the fussy baby and others to the quiet one with the knowing smile. Depending on which adults work in the nursery, the babies get more or less human interaction based on what they have done, although I hope we agree that a baby's cry is not calculated; not the first few times, anyway.

We disagree about the relative importance of nature and nurture, but most Americans, Native and non, find the notion of hereditary royalty quaint and the idea that we gain nobility by birth absurd. On this continent, before and after the white man, we gain nobility by being noble.

So we come to the question whether Smith is an ethnic fraud like Ward Churchill. My position is that even though not Cherokee, she cannot be a fraud of Churchill's stature. He made public statements that no tribal person I know would endorse. He then abused Hannah Arendt's work when he claimed that her study of Eichmann supported the idea that some undocumented worker washing dishes in the Windows on the World restaurant deserved his fiery death on Sept. 11, 2001. Or, for that matter, some newly graduated kid who was learning to trade stocks because her goal in life was wealth."

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From: Coconut Queen (JEANNE2469) DelphiPlus Member Icon4/7/08 12:40 AM 
To: Cherokee21 DelphiPlus Member Icon  (2 of 9) 
 2412.2 in reply to 2412.1 

Here's Mr. Churchill when he spoke at the University of Hawaii.  Let's yank that lei they gave him off his neck...he didn't react too well when asked if he was Native American or not

I read in the newspaper after this incident where he was invited to speak that some of the people who attended his talk kept after him until he admited he is not Native American.




From: ctj20104/7/08 8:40 AM 
To: Cherokee21 DelphiPlus Member Icon  (3 of 9) 
 2412.3 in reply to 2412.1 

Good morning,   Tim...

And I wanted you to know that Steve is somebody I'm starting to admire too...






From: Cherokee21 DelphiPlus Member Icon4/10/08 10:48 AM 
To: ctj2010  (4 of 9) 
 2412.4 in reply to 2412.3 
Hey CJ:
Yeah, he kinda puts it out there, don't he?

From: Cherokee21 DelphiPlus Member Icon4/10/08 10:52 AM 
To: Coconut Queen (JEANNE2469) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (5 of 9) 
 2412.5 in reply to 2412.2 

Hey Jeanne:

Thanks for posting that. I've seen it.

I'm not a fan of Churchill. You cannot be what you are not. No NDN blood, no NDN. Just because I like tacos doesn't make me Latino, ya know? And no matter how many tacos I eat (which since losing 72 lbs I've had none : ) ) I will not magically turn into one.



From: ctj20104/10/08 2:13 PM 
To: Cherokee21 DelphiPlus Member Icon  (6 of 9) 
 2412.6 in reply to 2412.4 

Since the attitude was and is:

"If you don't make a big deal outta it,   I won't either..."?

Difficult (if not impossible) to figure out which in our particular multicultiracial/multiracial mix takes anybody or anything all that seriously!

So lol,   Steve!

Take care...




From: ctj20104/10/08 2:20 PM 
To: Cherokee21 DelphiPlus Member Icon  (7 of 9) 
 2412.7 in reply to 2412.4 

The brief and to the point answer to your question:

Damn right!

Steve puts forth very on point and (long overdue) on time commentaries...



  • Edited 4/10/2008 2:21 pm ET by ctj2010

From: ctj20104/10/08 2:50 PM 
To: Cherokee21 DelphiPlus Member Icon  (8 of 9) 
 2412.8 in reply to 2412.4 

This political soap opera which is now being played out via the message boards,  etc.,  only reveals what a few of the parties would have us to believe,   as opposed to what I feel and think is the truth...

Brief and to the point?

The person who dared to imply he wants to terminate federal recognition for the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma was not Democrat Congresswoman Diane Watson:

It was and is Republican Senator Tom Coburn...

Though nobody has said or written anything about that since he ousted pro Smith candidate Brad Carson...

And another thing which makes this fella go:




From: Coconut Queen (JEANNE2469) DelphiPlus Member Icon4/11/08 12:48 AM 
To: Cherokee21 DelphiPlus Member Icon  (9 of 9) 
 2412.9 in reply to 2412.5 

Wow, loosing 72 pounds is a major accomplishment!  Congratulations!

I love jamabalaya, but I could eat it every day and I'm not going to be Black!!!

You're right, we can't be what we're not.  The sad part is that he apparently doesn't know that he has value as he is and he's doing his best to squelch that value and be totally obnoxious instead.



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