The Geography of Conquest

Garance Franke-Ruta responds to my post on the United States’ fetishization of Native American culture by remembering that in New Mexico where she grew up, it wasn’t quite as much of a trend to name streets and mascots after Native tribes, perhaps because so many Native people still live in the Southwest.

This makes sense to me, and also confirms my unease with the kind of "Indians are neat" rhetoric I grew up around. It would be odd, for example, if all the Lubavitchers were deported from Brooklyn and then Williamsburg was renamed "Chasid Village." Don’t you think?

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