Thursday, April 21, 2011

Fuckwit Bigots Aplenty

Indians Aplenty

Read this outstanding Letter to the Editor in response to anti-Indian racism, then watch as Tiffany Fitzgerald, the Editor in Thief, tries to assert her white male authority in defending John Lindquist's "right" to hate speech and ethnic intimidation.

What else could be expected from a "Tiffany," but a silver-spoon, barbie-doll whine about John Lindquist's hurt feelings?

Shame on you, bigots.

Letter to the Editor: Jokes in event preview crossed line, offended native students
By Brighton Dawn Finger, Tessa McLean, and Scott Jacket

Published: Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Updated: Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Dear Editor in Chief Tiffany Fitzgerald,

In the recent print of The Advocate, from March 16-29, 2011, Volume 27, Issue 25, Backend Writer John Lindquist wrote "Indians aplenty." UCD Native students were outraged by the facetious remark about "…the opportunity to remember that, oh yeah, not all Native Americans died 200 years ago. (Just most of them.)." History books often leave out evidence that American Indians, First Nations and other Indigenous Peoples of North America were historically subjected to genocide, first by colonizers of the Americas and later including the United States government. Indigenous peoples of this land did not simply ‘die'; they were massacred through strategic campaigns, tortured, hanged and burned to death, beaten to death, starved to death, and forced to endure policies of cultural destruction that have been well documented. All of this terror began with an invasion in 1492 – not 200 years ago as Lindquist quips – as a pattern developed in which Native lands were stolen and Treaties were repeatedly broken and manipulated by the conquerors.

Within the United States, there is current legal debate as to whether Hate Speech in America should be extended to include areas where historically people have been brutalized and murdered. The Supreme Court has held that words that "by their very utterance inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace" are not constitutionally protected. Contemporary legal discussion in this country includes the argument that racial insults that injure and do not explore reality should be included in future regulations on Hate Speech, in a context that is least restrictive of protected speech. We view this humor at The Advocate as written in a way that blames the victims while encouraging a continuation and reinforcement of degrading stereotypes. We believe that the aforementioned joke in "Indians aplenty" supports biases based in privilege disguised as tasteless humor. This facetious treatment of the topic of genocide triggers a cellular memory for us in relation to the heinous crimes that were carried out against our ancestors. Even if you say something that you don't believe in, you are still responsible for the message that you put forth through The Advocate. Regarding current US legal debate on Hate Speech, we contend that dismissive jokes about cultural genocide should be included within the parameters of forms of speech that are unprotected by the first amendment (example: Nazi sympathy is outlawed in Germany).

Moreover, Denver is home to a very large and diverse Native community, and the University of Colorado Denver is a hub for Native students. We are members of the Native American Student Organization (NASO), the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), and advocates of American Indian Student Educational Programs and Outreach (AISEPO) within the UCD Office of Diversity and Inclusion. In addition, we continue to represent UCD at the international level as student delegates to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) at the UN headquarters in New York. As Indigenous diplomats of the University, we ask that you grant us the awareness and dignity that you maintain for other groups that have survived genocide. Before writers at The Advocate decide to use jokes about our social gatherings (i.e. the Denver March Powwow) to mask the context of the terror that reigned down upon our ancestors, we ask that you confront the true history by giving respect to our existence as First Nations of the Great Mother we call America.

Brighton Dawn Finger (Cherokee/Western Shoshone)

Tessa McLean (Anishinaabe)

Scott Jacket (Ute Mountain Ute)


Dear Readers,

I must defend John Lindquist, our design editor, from the charge of hate speech presented in the above letter to the editor.

At no time does Mr. Lindquist commit hate speech in his Backend promotion, "Indians Aplenty."

The fact that John Lindquist's writing is not hate speech is not open to interpretation. My letter, this statement of exemption, must be connected to Finger's, McLean's, and Jacket's letter because every time a future employer inputs Lindquist's name into a Google search, their letter will show up and implicate him as a person who practices writing hate speech and who deserves a comparison to Nazi sympathizers—an incredibly damaging statement to him on a personal and professional level.

It is partially my responsibility to absolve Lindquist from such an accusation so that I am not party to printing libelous statements against him.

With that aside, I appreciate any time our readers write in with their opinions, and letters to the editors, like these are a paramount to a free press.

I would normally never run an accompanying letter like this with a printed letter to the editor in lieu of simply editing libelous statements, but in this case, and considering that Brighton Dawn Finger is running in the upcoming election, I thought it necessary to print the complete letter while countering the posited statements. Thank you.

Tiffany Fitzgerald

Editor in Chief

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Veterans advocate kills self after war tours

Guess this Vet woke up one day to realize he was nothing more than a gangbanging nazi.

Who wants to go on living as a bad guy?

Veterans advocate kills self after war tours

By KIMBERLY HEFLING, Associated Press Kimberly Hefling, Associated Press – Fri Apr 15, 9:20 am ET

WASHINGTON – Handsome and friendly, Clay Hunt so epitomized a vibrant Iraq veteran that he was chosen for a public service announcement reminding veterans that they aren't alone.

The 28-year-old former Marine corporal earned a Purple Heart after taking a sniper's bullet in his left wrist. He returned to combat in Afghanistan. Upon his return home, he lobbied for veterans on Capitol Hill, road-biked with wounded veterans and performed humanitarian work in Haiti and Chile.

Then, on March 31, Hunt bolted himself in his Houston apartment and shot himself.

Friends and family say he was wracked with survivor's guilt, depression and other emotional struggles after combat.

Hunt's death has shaken many veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Those who knew him wonder why someone who seemed to be doing all the right things to deal with combat-related issues is now dead.

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