Lessons from History
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Lessons from History

“Do You Have Any Idea Who I Think You Are… ?”

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Perhaps the seminal act of ‘identity politics,’ predating even Thomas Jeffersons fight for freedom of religion, is the use of the very word ‘Indian’ to describe inhabitants of the continent of North America. Columbus, the story goes, was looking for a direct passage to India and, when he landed upon the Americas he assumed he had found it. Even the term ‘Native American’ is faintly ridiculous as the very word…