Use of Geronimo's name should not be ...

Use of Geronimo's name should not be seen as an insult

There are 31 comments on the Alamogordo Daily News story from May 6, 2011, titled Use of Geronimo's name should not be seen as an insult. In it, Alamogordo Daily News reports that:

There is always someone objecting to just about anything. I read in May 4's issue of the Daily News that Osama bin Laden is not Apache and the servicemen who attacked his compound were in error to shout "Geronimo" when they attacked his compound.

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ontheotherhand

Cloudcroft, NM

#21 May 9, 2011
There is also this explanation:

This appellation stemmed from a battle in which, ignoring a deadly hail of bullets, he repeatedly attacked Mexican soldiers with a knife, causing them to utter appeals to Saint Jerome ("Jeronimo!"). Americans heard this and thought his name was Geronimo, and the name stuck.[3]

Regardless. It was the name he was known by. What difference does the source make.
my2sense

Albuquerque, NM

#22 May 9, 2011
House of Critters, thanks so much for the very civil debate on the intent the government had in using the name Geronimo for the recent terrorist execution. While I think we can agree to disagree, and hold very dissimilar views on this issue, our discussion was informative and friendly. Appreciate it.
House of Critters

Cloudcroft, NM

#23 May 9, 2011
my2sense wrote:
House of Critters, thanks so much for the very civil debate on the intent the government had in using the name Geronimo for the recent terrorist execution. While I think we can agree to disagree, and hold very dissimilar views on this issue, our discussion was informative and friendly. Appreciate it.
Civil? On Topix? Whatever are we thinking???
AWO

United States

#24 May 10, 2011
Geronimo? A terrorist? What if a million muslims invaded your land and tried rule you? Brought you diseases. Killed off your food sources. sent you to a concentration camp 2000 miles from your home. killed your family and friends. Would you fight back or would that make you a terrorist?
AWO

United States

#25 May 10, 2011
On the flipside, the name Geronimo, having been hung upon this Great Warrior and chief by those white invaders that are so reviled by our indiginous Peoples to begin with Is still used today by his extended Family as a surname.
If using this name in reference to Osama Bin Laden is seen as disrespectful why isn't it seen as disrespectful to use this same name not only in reference to the man himself but as a surname for his Family.
It seems the definition of dishonor has it's contradictions.
chris

Tuba City, AZ

#26 May 10, 2011
my2sense wrote:
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For someone that usually displays a degree of common sense this analogy is ridiculous. Now, if you had compared Geronimo with, say, the hater Louis Farrikan, you may have actually caused some debate/thought. To simply insinuate that the poor red/black man can not be expected to succeed, just look at their collective past, does each race a great disservice. After all, my ancesters had to cope with the Irish potato famine so I guess I should be allowed minimal expectations of success, eh? That seems to be your logic.
Regardless of the way the plight of the "Native American" has been romanticized Geronimo was a terrorist. Not misunderstood, or unloved as a child, or even just politically disillusioned. To dangerously romanticize the killer is beyond inexcusable. But many not very well read, gullible, otherwise well meaning people buy into this farce.
Perhaps you forget that the "Native Americans" were being pushed and pursued by the US Govt. We took their land and we "stuck" them on reservations.
I would not be happy about my name or the history of my people being associated with the most notorious and most wanted terrorist in the world.
Having grown up with, and having gone to school with so many of Geroniomo's decendents, I can tell you, they are lovely people. Should they be proud of their heritage? I think so!!
gregG

Alamogordo, NM

#27 May 11, 2011
AWO wrote:
Geronimo? A terrorist? What if a million muslims invaded your land and tried rule you? Brought you diseases. Killed off your food sources. sent you to a concentration camp 2000 miles from your home. killed your family and friends. Would you fight back or would that make you a terrorist?
I took a class in medical anthropology and this is exactly what happened. Geronimo wasn't a terrorist. any way it's a weird debate this whole thing.

“Pro-Constitution , Anti-Obama!”

Since: May 10

Capitan, NM

#28 May 14, 2011
I hear when the seals go to take out Qudaffi they are gonna call him Cochise. LOL
Come on people this is crazy. To many people will throwing the race card out its assinine!
Kay Kay

Albuquerque, NM

#29 May 19, 2011
Oh for "Geronimo sake" Those freakin engines need to put a damn lid on their stupid smoke signals already. In fact you know they really need to get off our land already because we could really use the extra room for toxic waste dumps.

“Pro-Constitution , Anti-Obama!”

Since: May 10

Capitan, NM

#30 May 20, 2011
Come to find out "Geronimo" was Bin Ladens code name. The offensive was called that.
tncflyfree

United States

#31 May 25, 2011
listen to my song:"Why use Geronimo's name", www.myspace.com/tncproductionsflyfreestudios

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