Dear Editor and reading public,
It recently came to my attention that certain groups on campus were up in arms over a simple sports headline (“SB Scalps Aztecs in 15-8 Win,” Daily Nexus, April 2, 2009). The fact that they took it so seriously and personally, and made outrageous demands of the Nexus and its staff shows that they are narcissistic and hypersensitive.
The headline was meant as a joke. Nowhere in the article does the writer suggest racist ideas or advocate misdeeds towards American Indians. He clearly meant it as nothing more than a clever pun. The groups fail to realize that no one cares about them. Most importantly, no one cares about how much they are offended. White people took the land from American Indians, and there are a few leftover stereotypes about them. GET OVER IT. Guess what? It didn’t happen to you, and it didn’t happen to anyone who has anything in common with you (skin color doesn’t count, unless YOU are a racist). In fact, it happened way before half of the ancestors of the people who live in the U.S. even moved here. You’re an AMERICAN now, just like the rest of us.
I don’t get my panties in a bunch when people make jokes about Jews, gold, the Holocaust, potato famines or Bolshevik Revolutions. In fact, I laugh at those jokes (crazy isn’t it?). And those events are actually relevant to our modern world, too!
No one cares about the struggle of American Indians. Your life today is way better than it would’ve been if Europeans hadn’t come and ruined the lives of those original Native Americans.
Print on, Nexus! I celebrate your attempts to push the boundaries and print whatever the hell you want to.
You are the reason Monique and people like her need to keep fighting. Suggesting that a people who suffered a mass genocide are better off for it and should quit complaining is beyond ignorant. At least the nexus had the sense not to print your bullshit in the actual paper/
I don’t really agree with everything here, but I LOL’d!
you’ve been spending too much time in the labgreat thing about this country is that as Americans we are afforded the freedom of expression that allows individuals like you to express your opinino. You obviously have no clue as to how social/political/racial/economic issues disadvantage indviduals and must deal with them every single day. Congratulations for having such a privilege existence that you don’t have to deal with these issues. But just because you don’t have to deal with these issues don’t mean no one cares. You keep on writing "no one cares aboout the struggle of American Indians" – the… Read more »
Dan’s over the top here, but his anger is completely justified. AIGSA’s heavy-handed reaction is absurd. They are either ridiculously oversensitive, or were just eagerly waiting for a chance to play the victim. Either way, they come off looking bad.
A fellow Graduate Student?"The University of California, Santa Barbara is committed to creating a community of students, faculty, and staff that embraces the rich cultural, racial, geographic, economic, and social diversity of the state of California." (Chancellor Yang, http://diversity.ap.ucsb.edu/message/) It worries me that we have graduate students that are not supporting this commitment. I hope that many graduate students and undergraduate students recognize that creating a community of students, faculty, and staff is built upon respect. Clearly this opinion by Dan Haeger was not written with any respect and I hope that the Daily Nexus starts using better judgment in… Read more »
Disappointing Nexus Staff JudgmentDear Nexus Editors, When I was a student reporter for the Nexus I worked hard to create a safe campus environment for people of other cultures and religions with my writing and media exposure. Your running this racist dribble by noted ignoramus Dan Haegan is unconscionable. Step up to the plate and take responsibility for the inappropriate headline you allowed. At least educate yourself to the issue. I expect better of UCSB Nexus staff. The staff this year really let us down. It was obviously a low blow and an immature move with little thought involved. You… Read more »
A lot of Dans out there. No one said it was going to be easy.
Certainly, they allow materials students to take a History course or two, don’t they? You don’t HAVE to be an historically incorrect, culturally insensitive representative of the graduate student population at UCSB, do you? I mean, MUST you?
You’d like me to get over it? I assume you’re talking about your insensitivity and ignorance. I’m so over you, Mr. Haeger.
Kim Coonen, Oneida Iroquois, Oneida Wisconsin
Please tell me this guy is just trolling.
Wait, I dont get it. Your are writing off History while clinging to it at the same time. Dan, you could defintely benefit from stepping out of your materials lab once in a while and finding something of truth and importance, such as acknowledging existence.
omg. Play the victim? That’s so honky of you.