Racism claim dooms bid to honor Mark Twain in Nevada

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Updated: 5/19 3:48 pm

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A state panel has effectively killed a bid to name a Lake Tahoe cove for Mark Twain, citing opposition from a tribe who claims he held racist views on Native Americans.

The Nevada State Board on Geographic Names this week voted to indefinitely table the request after hearing opposition from the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California, whose ancestral homeland includes Tahoe.

Tribal representative Darrel Cruz says Twain is undeserving of the honor because he made derogatory comments about the Washoe and other tribes in his literature.

University of Nevada, Reno history professor emeritus James Hulse says it's irrelevant whether Twain did so because his writings were insulting to everyone, including governors and legislators.

Twain assumed his pen name as a Nevada newspaper reporter in the 1860s and wrote adoringly of Tahoe.

 

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Kramer - 5/20/2014 12:49 PM
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yeah i vote 4 nepotism 2

Kramer - 5/20/2014 12:48 PM
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considering that they (the Washo) don't have any real land areas there, when once it was all theirs (tho only in use, not 'ownership'), they should have some say at least. After all, it was the whites who destroyed the fishery and started the degradation of the lake itself, so maybe that is an underlying issue for them. Twain used the 'n-word' in his writings as well; maybe we should hear his 'negative' comments in context- he was no Confederate sympathizer either. Twain also wrote glowingly about the lake, and was so accurate that his descriptions have scientific validity even today. For that, i would suggest an exemption.

BDeckwa - 5/19/2014 10:00 PM
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If you don't want to name the cove for Samuel Clemens then name it after his brother who was the first Secretary of State for Nevada.

L T Witt - 5/19/2014 4:51 PM
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Aren't there enough "Racism Accusation" salvos being fired back and forth? Do we really need to resurrect a long dead author, accuse him of these statements, and hold him accountable for them? Are they so heinous that it negates the influence and accomplishments of this man? How small and petty are we becoming that we need to air our "hurt feelings" and demand to be heard. A noble and magnanimous gesture would be for the offended party to make a statement that said... "Even though Mark Twain may have made racist remarks against our people, we are allowing this cove to be named after him, because of his love and admiration of the beauty that is Lake Tahoe." L.T. Witt

L T Witt - 5/19/2014 4:50 PM
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Aren't there enough "Racism Accusation" salvos being fired back and forth? Do we really need to resurrect a long dead author, accuse him of these statements, and hold him accountable for them? Are they so heinous that it negates the influence and accomplishments of this man? How small and petty are we becoming that we need to air our "hurt feelings" and demand to be heard. A noble and magnanimous gesture would be for the offended party to make a statement that said... "Even though Mark Twain may have made racist remarks against our people, we are allowing this cove to be named after him, because of his love and admiration of the beauty that is Lake Tahoe." L.T. Witt

SuperNinja - 5/19/2014 3:35 PM
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Awwww...did Mark Twain hurt your feelings???

nubgnngs42 - 5/19/2014 12:17 PM
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Well it must really make them mad then to have $20 bills used at their tribal casinos after what Andrew Jackson did to them with the "Trail of Tears". Yeah right.

Larry - 5/19/2014 4:52 AM
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OH for FS.
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