This Is How I Want to Remember George Washington

Perusing the Crazy Horse Memorial Wikipedia page (just curious to see if it’s finished yet – a big, fat “nope” on that one), and in the “Controversies” section was this:

Having the finished sculpture depict Crazy Horse pointing with his index finger has also been criticized. Native American cultures prohibit using the index finger to point at people or objects, as the people find it rude and taboo. Some spokesmen compare the effect to a sculpture of George Washington with an upraised middle finger.

First, that would be the awesomest sculpture EVER!

Second, one could plausibly argue that the Washington Monument does just exactly that. 555 feet of “up yours, Britain!”

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  1. zzyzx, I agree with you. Washington didn’t hate Britain, just the gun-grabbing, weenies in its government that wanted to control every aspect of colonial life.

    I’d rather think of the Washington Monument as 555 feet of “up yours,” gun-grabbing, freedom-denying, government bureaucrats.

  2. OK, I’m no expert on Native American or Indian culture, but I’m calling BS on this index finger thing anyway. Think about it — how would they have indicated something if they didn’t point at it? It’s the most innate gesture I can think of; I’ll bet there is no human culture or human baby who doesn’t rely on it. This trumped-up controversy doesn’t pass the smell test.

  3. …… I’m calling BS on this index finger thing anyway.

    Don’t forget we’re talking about people who were as close to the stone age as you can get without having fur, they had no language and they hadn’t even figured out the bleeping wheel….so anything is possible in their “cullllllture.

    And it doesn’t matter anyway, if a liberal makes it up, it’s true to the kind of people who actually care about crap like this.

  4. Differently Thinking Equine?

    Er…more like “Alternatively Perspectivized Equine Anthropomorphization”.

    Being as he may have been certifiable but not actually a horse.

    Perhaps that is why his fellow tribesmen called him “crazy”: his insistence on wearing a riding blanket, a set of stolen U.S. Cavalry reins, and being given oats and apples in a feedbag.


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