Tuesday, May 03, 2016
"Reservation" is a bad word
The P.C. shame mobs that populate vast swaths of the internet turned their sights on an unlikely target this week: Hillary Clinton. As the New York Post notes:
Hillary Clinton drew ire from Native Americans on Saturday over her use of the phrase “off the reservation” in a CNN interview.
Activists pointed to the saying’s dark origins in late-19th-century laws restricting Native Americans to reservation lands.
“When reservations were first established, going #OffTheReservation meant you were going to be hunted down and killed,” Ruth Hopkins tweeted.
The social-media firestorm forced Clinton’s campaign to apologize — also on Twitter.
“Divisive language has no place in our politics,” tweeted Amanda Renteria, Clinton’s national political director. “Hillary Clinton meant no disrespect to Native Americans. She wants this election to be about lifting people up, not tearing them down.”
This is, of course, patently absurd. Language derives from human interaction. All words and phrases have an origin, and as time goes by, those words tend to soften in meaning. That is to say, no one says "off the reservation" with an eye towards slandering Native Americans.
Conservatives, and Americans with half a brain realize this, despite the best efforts of Hillary and her ilk to push a radical P.C. agenda. Perhaps now that she's had a taste of her own medicine, she'll see it for what it is: divisive poison.