geronimo #3

»The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) is very grateful and proud that the United States government has captured one of the biggest terrorists known to mankind. However, in doing so, the U.S. government has contributed to the stereotyping of Native Americans by utilizing a historical Native icon such as Geronimo, to set the scene for American ridicule by comparing him to the capturing and killing of Osama Bin Laden. […] We ask the Federal Government could there not have been another name used in reference to this attack? Could we not have used another infamous enemy in reference to Bin Laden perhaps, Custer or Columbus? […] It is unacceptable for the U.S. to equate Geronimo with Osama bin Laden. Geronimo stood up for his people, their traditions, and the land they lived upon. Geronimo was no terrorist. He was a member of North America’s homeland security, and Native North Americans will never forget that.« (Rhonda LeValdo, President der Native American Journalists Association)

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