Clara Jeffery, editor in chief of Mother Jones magazine, suggested over the weekend that the name given to the missiles that struck Syria last week — tomahawk missiles — represents a classic case of cultural appropriation.
Jeffery made the suggestion on Twitter Saturday when she said Native Americans must be "enraged" by the name.
"That the missiles are callled tomahawks must enrage a lot of Native Americans," she wrote.
That the missiles are callled tomahawks must enrage a lot of Native Americans— Clara Jeffery (@Clara Jeffery)1491672366.0
By definition, cultural appropriation is the use of "elements" from one culture by another. In this case, Jeffery is suggesting that because tomahawks are a classic Native American tool, Native Americans must be upset that the U.S. would name a missile after it.
That idea, most concluded, was just pure ridiculousness:
@ClaraJeffery I think generally they have actual things to be enraged about... ♂️— Wholesome Bare (@WallaBare) April 9, 2017
Only those looking for a reason to be pissed off. It's tribute not mockery. https://t.co/wYAk08PMWN— Jonah Goldberg (@Jonah Goldberg)1491673366.0
@ClaraJeffery Oh my gawd I thought this was a joke... then i saw your Twitter page and realized you are actually serious. Seek help.— ❤⚾ magan ⚾❤ (@megdogwuff) April 8, 2017
@ClaraJeffery Only a SJW liberal would say such a silly thing.— (((David Ritter))) ن (@BlessedTex) April 8, 2017
@ClaraJeffery Asaad is killing and gassing people and your are worried about how people feeeeeeeeel about the name of a missile???— MedicineBird (@RedCardinal07) April 8, 2017
One person even hit back at Jeffery by making light of Massachusetts liberal Sen. Elizabeth Warren's claim to be part Native American:
@ClaraJeffery I asked Elizabeth Warren. She said "how"— James O'Neil (@Jimoneil359) April 8, 2017
While others just pointed out that the U.S. military likes to name things with Native American names:
@ClaraJeffery Apache attack helicopter— Political Line (@PoliticalLine) April 8, 2017
Black Hawk utility helicopter
Chinook heavy-lift transport helicopter
Tomahawk cruise missile