Steve Waxman, managing editor of Boston Review, pens the whiniest, most smug opinion piece we’ve seen in a while, lashing out at the US military for having the audacity to name helicopters and weapons for Native American tribes and people.
But even if the NFL and Redskins brass come to their senses and rename the team, a greater symbolic injustice would continue to afflict Indians — an injustice perpetuated not by a football club but by our federal government.
In the United States today, the names Apache, Comanche, Chinook, Lakota, Cheyenne and Kiowa apply not only to Indian tribes but also to military helicopters. Add in the Black Hawk, named for a leader of the Sauk tribe. Then there is the Tomahawk, a low-altitude missile, and a drone named for an Indian chief, Gray Eagle. Operation Geronimo was the end of Osama bin Laden.
Steve doesn’t bother finding people who take issue with the naming of the Army’s helicopters or such. No, it’s enough that the current manufactured outrage over the NFL team exists that we must all grovel at the feet of the PC police, even if no one is actually offended by any of this.
As Apache pilot extraordinaire Dan McClinton notes:
One of the most ridiculous things I’ve seen in quite some time. The Apache nation for instance endorsed the naming of the AH-64…maybe he should get his facts straight?
But you see, the left doesn’t care. How dare the Apache nation approve of such a thing? That denies the grievance industry the opportunity to take a meaningless stand to feel morally superior and smug compared to, well, just about everyone, without having to actually do something.
There’s plenty of injustice in our world. Let’s stop inventing moral crises until we’ve addressed the real ones.
H/T to reader Steve (not Waxman)