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Re: “Burners Torched Over Native Party

Not so.

While there is no copyright in cultural practices, there is something known as cultural sensitivity, which suggests people have the obligation of respecting other people's practices and iconography.

I realize a public event may be sanctioned by city and state laws and should therefore be allowed to proceed, but you can't predict or dictate how people should feel about it.

I am not advocating violence or even dissent, but I recognize people are entitled to gather and protest another people's gathering if it conflicts with their beliefs.

Without having to address the old '500 Years' diatribe, anybody with a modicum of education knows that native people of this continent retain the right to peacefully assemble in an effort to gain redress and vindication. I am of the opinion that perhaps some people may have overreacted but then again, that's the risk you take when you make a private affair public.

Posted by Miguel Alvarado on 04/06/2009 at 1:24 PM

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