August 16, 2008

Trimble to Indians:  Get over it

Charles Trimble, who's looking for a Native Cosby, quotes Sam Deloria, who also blames the Indian, on playing the victim card:

Trimble:  Let go the chains of victimhoodDeloria urges professors to quit perpetuating the theory that Indians are victims of multigenerational suffering because previous generations attended boarding schools: "Get over the trauma," he said.

"These kids should not have to succeed and develop healthy attitudes in spite of those who are supposed to be teaching them in college," he said. "We sell them short when we treat them as victims."
Comment:  Trimble and Deloria, meet the dozen or so Natives who participated in Our Spirits Don't Speak English. That includes a couple of Indians who cried over the pain they felt. Go ahead and tell your fellow Natives to "get over it." Let us know how effective your three-word solution is.

In related news, the Treasury Dept. is going to try "Whip Inflation Now" to cure our economic woes. The DEA's new anti-drug program is "Just say no to drugs." And Bush plans to win the war on Iraq by uttering "Mission accomplished" over and over.

I'd love to hear the last time a stupid slogan accomplished anything. When was that, exactly? Can anyone think of an example?

Back to Trimble, Deloria, and the documentarians...I suggest the two groups engage in a spirited debate. Determine whether multigenerational suffering is real or imaginary. And let us know the result.

I can just imagine Trimble and Deloria at an Indian boarding school. They'd be haranguing the institutionalized students to stop whining. "So your people lost the Indian Wars. So you used to be free. So what?

"Get over it. You're here now and there's nothing you can do it about it, so sit back and enjoy it. You have a golden opportunity to learn English, master a trade, and become good Christian white men. Seize the day!"

For more on the subject, see Blaming the Victim.

Below:  Another deep conservative thinker and his stupid slogan.


dmarks said...

Another similar line to the "get over it" and other lines you listed:

"You better put some ice on that."

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
writerfella always has been amused by Okies who say, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"
Alll Best
Russ Bates

Anonymous said...

I believe Mr. Trimble did go to a boarding school, actually...

Rob said...

Even if he did, I'd still like to hear what he would've said to his fellow students. With his present state of mind, that is.