Well, so if the Makah can cite cultural legacy and historical precedent as their excuse (sorry, I guess I mean justification) for going out and killing whales (using mechanically assisted vehicles and harpoons), to what other currently neglected practices can we also apply this doctrine? What other ethnically distinct groups can cheerfully begin once again to walk in the ways of their ancestors?
-The descendents of the Aztecs in Mexico can return to mass human sacrifice
-the descendents of the Phoenicians can begin once again to indulge in child sacrifice by immolation
-People of Celtic ancestry will be free to decorate their Yule trees with the hanged corpses of their captives taken in holy fratricidal wars. And they shall grind the bones and blood of their enemies' children into the mortar they use to build their houses
-In North Africa the slightly lighter skinned people shall happily continue to enslave the slightly darker skinned people as they have for the last 6000 years and as they do today. They shall use night vision goggles and infrared detectors to ease their task
-The Russians shall reinstitute the pogroms. The Germans will lock their Jews back up in their Ghettos. All of Europe shall expell and harrass whoever they don't want hanging around
-The WASPS in America will reestablish their old cultural traditions of slavery and racism and extermination of the Native Americans
-In Melanesia and Western Polynesia, Central Asia, Brasil, Central Africa, cannibalism can come back into style. God knows there are enough extra people around. We could use modern mechanised methods of harvest and production, buy yearling chops wrapped in plastic at the supermercado
-All over the world polygyny can once again become the norm, as well as female infanticide
What do you think, my Makah fellow humans? Do you really want to bang on that hornet's nest? Are we going to go forward into higher realms of behavior, using our past as the fertilizer out of which we grow our more beautiful human culture, or are we going to worship the dirty and ignorant past from which we came?
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