Greeley resident Kerri Salazar, who is of Native American descent, said she was livid when she learned about it. She said she doesn’t have a problem with the gun rights message, but she’s offended the Native American people were singled out, apparently without their consent.
“I think we all get that (Second Amendment) message. What I don’t understand is how an organization can post something like that and not think about the ripple effect that it’s gonna have through the community,” she said.
Irene Vernon, a Colorado State University professor and chairwoman of the ethnic studies department, said the message on the billboard is taking a narrow view of a much more complicated history of the Native American plight. She said it’s not as if Native Americans just gave up their guns and wound up on reservations.
“It wasn’t just about our guns,” said Vernon, a Native American.
Since the the owners of the billboard have decided to remain anonymous, who the hell are these people assuming the billboard was put up “without their [Native Americans] consent or without “thinking about the ripple effect” or without knowing that Native American history IS more complicated than just the gun rights bit.
Sheesh people. The billboard is great. It’s a simple and important message that gets the point across to people going by. It has the whole country talking about it. Whoever put it up, put a LOT of good thought into it. There was no way they weren’t going to offend somebody.
AND if you assume that the folks who put up the billboard are NOT Native Americans [and I don’t know why you would do that], as Jeff Goldstein says:
As for being singled out without their consent, let me just remind the Native American community that they don’t own American history. Nor do I ever remember them complaining about singled out “without their consent” for being routinely depicted as wise reluctant warriors — stewards of the earth, one solitary tear at a time — who are pitted against profane, knuckle-dragging ultra violent whites bent on extermination.
UPDATE: From the comments at the Protein Wisdom (Jeff’s) blog:
Awesomeness says April 30, 2013 at 3:19 pm
What exactly is the proper process for getting the “consent of the Native American people”?