I wonder if we would have been as tolerant of names like “Chicago Chinks”, “New Orleans Ni***rs”, “Denver Dagos”, “Washington Wops”, “Houston Hebes”…
Somehow I don’t think so. It is a matter of political power and cultural will. Plus the Native American minority is the only one we went to war with, banished to reservations and tried to kill off. For many of us the history and legacy of the indigenous peoples were defined by Westerns on stage, screen and TV.
Savages whose only English words were “How” and “Cowabunga”, danced in circles, lived in funny tents, painted their bodies and burned cowboys at the stake. And heathens on top of it all.
Centuries of such societal degradation takes time to unravel.
So it is now about time.