[Ads-l] "NA's"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Sep 29 02:09:33 UTC 2015

On Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 9:46 PM, Mark Mandel <thnidu at gmail.com> wrote:

> WTF?! The only way I can make sense of that -- and I do mean semantically:
> parsing is not the issue -- is to assume that the speaker is using
> "immigrant" to mean "not one of Us". (Shakes head in dismay.)

My interpretation is that the writer is claiming that, since the NA's
didn't evolve in the Western Hemisphere, either, but migrated from Asia,
just as white people migrated from Europe, then the NA's are, in fact,
*not* "native" sensu stricto and, therefore, they have no more right to
this hemisphere than "we" do. This land is "our" land.
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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