February 13, 2005

Lunacy...of the common sort

Robert Crawford pointed me to this piece in the Washington Examiner (a new paper, I think).

Nobody knows what the ancient people of the American Southwest called themselves, but officials at the National Park Service want the public to quit referring to them as the "Anasazi." Their desire to purge this familiar term is so intense that Colorado's Mesa Verde National Park -- home to the finest examples of cliff dwelling architecture -- is refusing to sell books that have "Anasazi" in the title or the text.

That means government officials are blocking one of the best guides to archaeology in the region -- Understanding the Anasazi of Mesa Verde and Hovenweep, by David Grant Noble -- from going on sale at a bookstore specializing in this very subject...

And the term rock art is also verboten. Why? "Activists" find the words offensive, and of course, what the "activists" want the "officials" leap to provide. The whole thing is lunatic lefty idiocy for a whole slew of reasons. You can figure them as well as I can.

And no one ever asks "activists" why they don't do something practical to help Native Americans, rather than concentrating on stupid symbolic gestures. They probably care about actual tribesmen about as much as Lenin cared about actual workers. (And they will probably become professors at the University of Colorado.)

Posted by John Weidner at February 13, 2005 7:21 AM
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