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From David Hamilton <>
Subject Re: Why I am opposed to retaining the name Geronimo, and whi I consider this VOTE to be biased.
Date Thu, 18 Dec 2003 10:38:11 GMT
Absolutely right - much better to use a symbol of WASP cultural 
imperialism itself rather than any of this ethnic stuff...
.. my suggestion is Custer!!!!

[End sarcasm]

Serious point:  The 'correctness' of the use of Geronimo name would 
depend on which usage was intended:

* If it is intended as a genuine mark of respect for what the name 
Geronimo stands for, and an appreciation of the culture then it should stand

* If it is used in the 'jump off cliff' sense (as I suspect it might be, 
given the context of the project), then it is a misappropriation of a 
culture which is likely to cause offence, and should be dropped


Danny Angus wrote:

>2/ With regard to the name itself I believe that it would be an expression
>of anglo-saxon imperial arrogance to appropriate a cultural symbol of
>another culture in this way unless it was with the blessing of the culture
>concerned. That we have done it in the past, and that others may also be
>doing it is no defence. Consider how you would feel should some refrence
>from your cultural history be misappropriated in this way. We are a mixed
>community, from innumerable different backgrounds, surely between us we can
>exhibit some sensitivity.

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