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Posted: Saturday, June 28, 2014 7:00 pm | Updated: 10:38 am, Mon Jun 30, 2014.

Hampton Sides is a marvelous writer but a moral relativist. He thinks right and wrong are determined by the times, not by permanent values. He believes Kit Carson should be judged by the “brutish” age he lived in. He thinks that naming public parks after him is simply history. I dissent.

In the 1860s, Carson first starved out the remnants of the already decimated Navajo tribe at Canyon de Chelly and then force-marched the survivors — including women, children, the frail and the elderly — hundreds of miles from what is now eastern Arizona across the width of present-day New Mexico to a concentration camp (one of the world’s first) at Bosque Redondo. Many died en route; many more died in captivity.

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1 comment:

  • Dr. Michael Johnson posted at 4:32 pm on Sun, Jun 29, 2014.

    Mike Johnson PhD Posts: 23

    Mr. Gross, did you actually read what you wrote after criticizing Mr. Sides for "moral relativism" as it relates to Kit Carson? You then went on to equate FDR's reprehensible actions toward the Japanese-Americans in WWII to Carson's against the Navajos, yet you mention no retribution or actions against FDR's reputation, as if Reagan giving them some of our money made it all OK. I do wonder if you just excuse FDR and thus would not want to rename the hundreds of monuments, streets, bridges, parks, lakes, etc. named in honor of that morally reprehensible person, yet Carson you want to treat differently, why the hypocrisy? One park recently named for FDR is in NYC and called "Four Freedoms Park", would you propose to reduce the number of freedoms listed for that park to recognize FDR's unconstitutional actions agains the freedoms of Japanese Americans?

     

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