November 27, 2006

Crosby vs. Chumash

Opinion: Lack of facts, bitter tone betray author's ignoranceJohann Wolfgang Von Goethe, a German poet and novelist, wrote: "Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action." David Crosby's new book is out and his chapter on the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is a perfect example of ignorance in action.

Although I have become accustomed to his constant rants against the tribe, I was deeply disturbed to read his comments about the tribe in his new book. Clearly, Mr. Crosby's emotions got the best of him and he decided to base his comments on fantasy rather than facts.

For an individual who represented the 1960s, a time of peace and love, there's nothing peaceful or loving about Mr. Crosby's bitter tone. He seems to have become the head cheerleader for the tribe's vocal opponents in the Santa Ynez Valley. It appears that the only remaining elements left over from the '60s with Mr. Crosby are his drug and alcohol addictions.

1 comment:

Rob said...

Yes, it's the David Crosby of Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young. Yes, he has a history of conflict with the Chumash tribe--a classic case of NIMBYism. This posting refers to his new book, Since Then, which just came out.