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Stephen Fry On Political Correctness
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December 03, 2009, 06:30 PM
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Stephen Fry in Maine
"Before the British, before the French, before any Europeans came to Maine there were the tribesmen, the �First Nations’ or Native Americans, as I expected I should have to be very careful to call them. Actually the word �Indian’ seems inoffensive to the tribespeople I speak to around town. The federal agency is still called The Bureau of Indian Affairs and there are Indian Creeks and Indian Roads and Indian Rivers everywhere. It is true that the word was wrongly applied to the native tribes by Columbus and his settlers who thought they had landed in India. But the word stuck, misnomer or not. Sometimes political correctness exists more in the furious minds of its enemies than in reality, which gets on with compromise and common sense without too much hysteria." Stephen Fry in America: Fifty States and the Man Who Set Out to See Them All.