ARCENCPostings

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

“Pocahontas” Not a Racial Slur, Says Prominent White Expert | The New Yorker


https://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/pocahontas-not-a-racial-slur-says-prominent-white-expert?mbid=nl_Borowitz 112817&CNDID=49147383&spMailingID=12454905&spUserID=MTg0MTIzMDQyMzA3S0&spJobID=1282579237&spReportId=MTI4MjU3OTIzNwS2
Satire from The Borowitz Report

"Pocahontas" Not a Racial Slur, Says Prominent White Expert

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Donald J. Trump's use of the name "Pocahontas" at a White House event honoring Navajo veterans was not a racial slur, a prominent white expert said on Monday.

"If some Native Americans were offended by the use of this term, I'm sorry that they're so wrong," the expert said. "As a white person, I think I'm in a better position to know about this stuff."

She also defended the decision to honor the Navajo veterans near a portrait of Andrew Jackson, who is widely reviled by Native Americans. "Before we held the ceremony, we consulted with a number of other white experts, and we all agreed that Andrew Jackson was great," she said.

At times, the white expert seemed exasperated at having to explain to Native Americans what was a racial slur and what was not. "Look, I can explain it to them, but it's real time-consuming, and I have a lot of other stuff to do," she said.

In closing, the Caucasian said that accusing Trump of intentionally offending the Navajos was absurd. "No one knows more about offending people than Donald Trump," she said.

  • Andy Borowitz is the New York Times best-selling author of "The 50 Funniest American Writers," and a comedian who has written for The New Yorker since 1998. He writes the Borowitz Report, a satirical column on the news, for newyorker.com.

--   Sent from my Linux system.