There’s a term that’s been around for decades, if not centuries. “Squaw” has been used to describe a wife or woman who is of Native American descent. It’s an offensive word that is meant to be disparaging.
It’s not a word that most people use, though it is categorized as an ethnic and racial slur. The reality is that there are a lot of slurs used in the English language.
While it would be great to ban them all, it’s simply not possible.
Yet, with all that is going on in the country and around the world, the Biden administration has decided that they want to stop everything so that they can focus on eliminating “Squaw.”
There is a long list of names and websites that the administration wants to delete simply because government officials have deemed them “derogatory.” Apparently, simply listing them as words that shouldn’t be used in everyday language isn’t enough. It comes back to whether the government is actually trying to eliminate our freedom of speech.
Deb Haaland, the U.S Interior Secretary, has declared “Squaw” to be derogatory – and will begin a process where the word is excised from any and all aspects of the federal government. The reason for this move is to make public lands and waters “accessible and welcoming to people of all backgrounds.”
Now, “Squaw” wasn’t always a bad word, either. It meant “woman” in the Algonquin language, but it has morphed into a bad word over time.
The name is featured in a few geographic locations and features across the U.S. – and California lawmakers have already proposed for it to be removed.
So, is this really about getting rid of a derogatory term, or are we erasing more history that we simply don’t like?
Either way, this seems like an odd thing for the administration to focus on with everything else that is going on.