“Native Americans incensed over pro-gun rights billboard in Colorado”
Me, I’m amused at their being incensed. But then, I tend not to let PC culture turn me into a ridiculous scold.
Two billboards in which images of Native Americans are used to make a gun rights argument are causing a stir with some residents who say the image is offensive and insensitive.
The billboards in this northern Colorado city show three men dressed in traditional Native American attire and the words “Turn in your arms. The government will take care of you.”
Matt Wells, an account executive with Lamar Advertising in Denver, said Monday a group of local residents purchased the space.
“They have asked to remain anonymous,” he said.
He also refused to disclose the cost, but said the billboards are only appearing in the Greeley area. Wells said he has not received any complaints so far.
“I think it’s a little bit extreme, of course, but I think people are really worried about their gun rights and what liberties are going to be taken away,” Wells told the Greeley Tribune (http://tinyurl.com/cdtkgj2).
Greeley resident Kerri Salazar, who is of Native American descent, said she was livid when she learned about it. She said she doesn’t have a problem with the gun rights message, but she’s offended the Native American people were singled out, apparently without their consent.
“I think we all get that (Second Amendment) message. What I don’t understand is how an organization can post something like that and not think about the ripple effect that it’s gonna have through the community,” she said.
Irene Vernon, a Colorado State University professor and chairwoman of the ethnic studies department, said the message on the billboard is taking a narrow view of a much more complicated history of the Native American plight. She said it’s not as if Native Americans just gave up their guns and wound up on reservations.
“It wasn’t just about our guns,” said Vernon, a Native American.
Maybe not. But it didn’t help.
As for being singled out without their consent, let me just remind the Native American community that they don’t own American history. Nor do I ever remember them complaining about singled out “without their consent” for being routinely depicted as wise reluctant warriors — stewards of the earth, one solitary tear at a time — who are pitted against profane, knuckle-dragging ultra violent whites bent on extermination.
So you take the good with the bad — and more importantly, if you really do, as you claim, understand the billboard’s message, then why feign outrage over a perceived slight you don’t believe was intended, but rather only exists in the realm of your own perceptions and the imagined perceptions of those hypothetical viewers you believe to be less adept than you at sussing out the meaning you’ve been able to suss with little trouble?
(h/t Guido and Terry H)