Moving at the Speed of Creativity by Wesley Fryer

Language over Native American forced re-location matters

Note the language used in today’s NewsOK editorial about cotton prices:

“…by Indian tribes removed to the state from the southeastern United States.”

Is “removed to the state” the politically correct terminology? What language do members of different tribes prefer? Does this choice of language matter? I’m inclined to think it matters a great deal.

“Trail of Tears” as a descriptive phrase conveys different images and a different meaning than “removed to the state.”

Words matter. Words can be powerful. Use them wisely.

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