Greyhawk had suggested that I post this. I have already sent it in to the "Republican" "Letters to the Editor". I cannot stand by and let this man, "Lord Jeffrey Amherst" be celibrated except as the perfidious racist that he was. I submit it for your perusal. On the Celebration of the Naming of the Town of Amherst I knew that the time would eventually come when I would need to write this letter… I just didn’t know when. As I perused the various articles in the “Republican” today, I realized that I needed to sit down and write as soon as possible. I call attention to the piece by Diane Lederman “Amherst Recalls Namesake Lord” announcing the celebration of the founding of the town of Amherst this Friday. I do look forward to attending. I first encountered Lord Jeffrey in a Sociology course which included the study of Native culture prior to and following the European invasion. I learned that the good Lord Jeff was the one immortalized in song and story who was responsible for supplying Native American peoples with small-pox infested blankets to the end of exterminating this noble people whom the General and his cronies deemed “vermin”. If one goes to the Library of Congress web site and accesses the micro-fiche of the letters in question, one may easily see that there was no mistaking his intent. I do not see this man as a hero but a coward of the lowest class and simply one more name to be added to a long list of offenders against the Native American people. Rather than meet the noble warrior in battle, this racist sinner against humanity chose to cripple his enemy with disease. It was of no concern to him that it also killed women and children. After all, he only saw them as vermin to be removed with the greatest dispatch. Have we not chosen to remember that we are not really Americans but European invaders? The only TRUE Americans are the ones who were here first. The exploitation of the Native Peoples is a mark of shame forever emblazoned in our history and one blood stain that will never be removed from our hands no matter how hard we try with academic rhetoric and vague reasoning. We as a Nation “conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal” chose to destroy a proud and noble people who were far more civilized and respectful of the land and each other than we could ever hope to be. The futility of such an attempt is obvious today in the Native American spirit that survives and the history and lore that even the children of the European embrace and value. To honor such a man as Lord Jeffrey Amherst is to insult that spirit and that history. If he deserves to be remembered in history, it is with names like Custer and “Wounded Knee”.
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