Thursday, January 15, 2009

George Carlin on Indians

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 the repulsive name of their conquerors?

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 that. But no. We have to compound the insult."...

I'm glad the Indians have gambling casinos now. It makes me happy
that dimwitted white people are losing their rent money to the
Indians. Maybe the Indians will get lucky and win their country back.
Probably wouldn't want it. Look at what we did to it."

Posted by Joy Harjo on her Blogsite
(Thanks to Kristina Bitsue for forwarding this. And thank you George Carlin for your gifts of wisdom, humor and clear vision.)


Mike Upchurch said...

Carlin ruled comedy. RIP, George!

Lane Savant said...

America was named for himself by an Italian cartographer named
Amerigo Vespucci