August 31, 2012

Custer-loving Republican resigns

The outrage over Republican Pat Rogers's e-mail about Custer continued to reverberate through Indian country:

President of Oglala Sioux Responds to Pat Rogers’s Custer Remark

By John Yellow Bird SteeleWe are outraged by the remarks of National Republican Committee member Pat Rogers to Governor Susanna Martinez’s staff that the Governor disrespected George Armstrong Custer by meeting with the Pueblo Indian tribal leaders.

First, General Custer was on a genocidal mission to rob our Lakota people of our treaty-protected lands when our Chiefs and warriors killed him and his command in self-defense. Prior to their demise, Custer and his men had just attacked our peaceful Lakota and Cheyenne village within our 1868 Treaty lands, killing mostly women and children.

Under International Law, we—the Lakota people—were acting within our rights to defend our women and children. Any expression of lament over Custer’s demise at this late date by political leaders is a racist statement made in disregard of our human rights. The statement also disregard’s the historical fact of Custer’s genocidal mission. To raise his demise today as a reason not to respect Indian tribes is truly misguided, astonishingly ignorant and contrary to our human rights.
Finally, Rogers the racist got what he deserved:

Pat Rogers resigns from top law firm following Col. Custer email fallout

By Adam CampPat Rogers, a Republican National Committee leader, resigned today as a partner from a prominent Albuquerque law firm due to comments he made in an email sent to Gov. Susana Martinez staffers that many Native Americans deemed offensive.

Modrall Sperling President, R.E. Thompson accepted Rogers' resignation Friday afternoon.

"Recent revelations of private e-mail communications have distracted from our mission, and Pat Rogers has tendered his resignation from the Firm," Thompson said in a statement.
Comment:  I wouldn't be surprised if he loses his Republican party job. On the other hand, there's something to be said for leaving him in place. That way, we can continue to label the party racist.

For more on conservative racism, see Sikh Shootings Reflect White Supremacy and Racists Hate and Fear Minority Babies.

1 comment:

dmarks said...

Who was worse for Natives? Custer or Andrew Jackson? And it is the Democrats who often have Jackson on their logos and have 'Jefferson Jackson dinners'.