And what about the name of our state itself, in itself a most offensive characterization of Native Americans? How can the sensitive in the newspaper’s executive suite overlook “Indiana” as a stereotype, applied by exploiting Europeans, based on skin color and the ignorant assumption that the disparaged were people on another continent entirely?
One more thing, as a full-blooded journalist (both my parents are of newsroom descent), I find offensive the use of “Journal” in the trademarked Journal Gazette. Its editorial made mockery of a noble professional heritage of a long-suffering, ink-stained, overworked and underpaid people, a heritage going back to giants like Martin Luther and Ben Franklin but also winding its way through the twisted brain of a Hunter S. Thompson.
Indeed, Thompson, founder of my generation’s Gonzo Journalism, could have had the Journal Gazette in mind when he said: “With the possible exception of things like box scores, race results and stock market tabulations, there is no such thing as objective journalism. The phrase itself is a pompous contradiction in terms.”