Sunday, April 4, 2010

Petition to save Equal Opportunity

Dear Friends,
This is a reminder that the NAACP's petition drive to save the Community Relations Officer/Affirmative Action Officer position with the City of Carbondale is coming to a close, since the relevant City Council meeting occurs April 6, 2010.

This blog doesn't allow me to attach copies of the petition documents (a petition sheet and cover sheet for registered voters and another for "residents"; list of Community Relations Officer duties). However here is the contact info for Ms James.
Community Relations Officer

200 S. Illinois Ave.
P.O. Box 2047
Carbondale, IL 62902-2047
email -
Please note that the petitions should be turned in to the NAACP drop box at the Eurma Hayes Center in Carbondale Illinois. We are past deadline but of course additional sheets will still be accepted through the 6th. It would also be good to have others from this group of recipients show up and speak in support of retaining the position.

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George Carlin speaking on the topic "Indians"

"Now the Indians...I call them Indians because that's what they are. They're Indians. There's nothing wrong with the word Indian.
First of all, it's important to know that the word Indian does not derive from Columbus mistakenly believing he had reached ' India .' India was not even called by that name in 1492; it was known as Hindustan. More likely, the word Indian comes from Columbus 's description of the people he found here. He was an Italian, and did not speak or write very good Spanish, so in his written accounts he called the Indians, 'Una gente in Dios.' A people in God. In God. In Dios. Indians. It's a perfectly noble and respectable word.
As far as calling them 'Americans' is concerned, do I even have to point out what an insult this is? ----- We steal their hemisphere, kill twenty or so million of them, destroy five hundred separate cultures, herd the survivors onto the worst land we can find, and now we want to name them after ourselves? It's appalling.
Haven't we done enough damage? Do we have to further degrade them by tagging them with the repulsive name of their conquerors? You know, you'd think it would be a fairly simple thing to come over to this continent, commit genocide, eliminate the forests, dam up the rivers, build our malls and massage parlors, sell our blenders and whoopee cushions, poison ourselves with chemicals, and let it go at that.... But no! We have to compound the insult.'...
I'm glad the Indians have gambling casinos now. It makes me happy that dimwitted white people are losing their rent money to the Indians. Maybe the Indians will get lucky and win their country back. Probably wouldn't want it. Look at what we did to it."