Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Lone American Indian woman gets educational poster taken down

Amherst college is named after a British army General:  Jeffery Amherst, who certainly despised American Indians and did consider sending them smallpox-infected blankets.  There is no evidence that he or anyone else did so, however.  Indians died of smallpox in droves anyway.  That was before the American revolution and during the French/Indian wars. 

But apparently any mention of that is taboo.  The poster appears to have been meant to promote caution about the spread of bacteria

Amherst College is apologizing for a poster some students considered racist and insensitive that was displayed December 5 on a wall in a biology classroom.

The poster is a depiction of Lord Jeffery Amherst, commanding general of British forces in North America during the final battles of the French and Indian War. He is the mascot of this exclusive and prestigious liberal arts school.

Historical accounts point to Lord Jeffery as a pioneer in biological warfare. He is credited with requesting that smallpox-infected blankets be sent to the American Indians, starting an epidemic among them.

The poster, titled “A gift from Lord Jeffrey Amherst,” shows Lord Jeffery gifting a stack of blankets to an American Indian man dressed in leather and fringe, with feathers clinging to a headband. An American Indian woman and child are in the background; a baby is strapped to a cradle board.

 An autoclave is a device used to sanitize equipment with hot steam.



Bird of Paradise said...

Lucy knows that being kissed bya dog spreads germs

Anonymous said...

Meh, this is nothing more than some graphics designer in some poster company trying to justify his worth. The problem is not in the message, but he delivery. We have been so brainwashed to be sensitive and careful how we word things that simple commands cannot be said. We must dance on eggshells so as not to hurt one's fragile self-esteem. Thanks to the Liberal indoctrination, we must now guide people with suggestions, not command them to compliance.

Consider these actual road signs:

"Bridges freeze before roads"
"Courtesy is contagious"
"Children at play"

Whatever happened to

"Slow down: slippery road"
"Yield to pedestrians"
"Slow school zone"

We have become a nation of suggestions, not rules and laws. And it will be our downfall.

Anonymous said...

Is there any other kind of steam?

Anonymous said...

I don't see who this could be offensive to.
The only people I could see being offended are the descendants of Lord Amherst since he seems to be made the villain of the piece. But, as we know, offending white anglo-saxons is no crime.
The Indians, on the other hand, seem to be taking a very cautious and sensible approach. No need for anyone to be offended on their behalf...