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Pantings of a Cromwellian Comanche, May 31, 2007
By Brent M. Davids "Film Composer" (Saint Paul, MN USA) - See all my reviews
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Cromwell would be proud of David Yeagley's self-proclaimed "new" book, "Rantings of a Comanche Conservative," although `new' is a stretch. The book is actually a compiled collection of his blogger efforts in 195 pages. What can one expect from this read? Well if it's any indication, Yeagley's publisher disavows the content while promoting it for strictly commercial purposes (however lackluster that may be).

The publisher was unwilling to adopt Yeagley's own book title "American Patriotism, Indian style" preferring the change to the current "Rantings" title, thereby removing accountability on the publisher's part to any of the innards. A rather smart move on the publisher's part, considering some of Yeagley's most characteristic and disgraceful writings are not suitable for children or adults. In the author's own words:

YEAGLEY — "The darkness of the Negro has always repulsed other races" (3-1-02); "The same people who want to remove the word `n_gg_r' want to remove `Christmas,' and `God'" (12-8-06); "Superior beauty is in the white race... In the darker races, everything is always the same, dark brown and black--?a beastly bore" (2-26-02); "Hitler may have wanted to dominate the dark races, but, he didn't want to destory [sic!] them" (1-16-07); "I'm beginning to think there's no such thing as racism. If there is, it is very rare" (4-22-05).

What's rather puzzling is the financing of the compilation by a seeming pastor turned get-rich-quick enthusiast, and a minister turned divorce counselor, who both have children. Would you or I subject our own children to the rather obscene quotes pontificated by a hate blog or the resultant compilation? I suspect not. However, both of these investors are so-called family men: Randy Allsbury of Edmund, OK (5 children), and Jim A. Talley of Oklahoma City, OK (3 children). How anyone can support Yeagley's advocating the return of the word "n_gg_r," and in the same breath counsel couples on the best ways to raise their children is beyond me.

More to-the-point of the compilation's content, its purpose seems to be the championing of "an unheard-of voice," according to Yeagley, a voice other than the "university educated" Indian, although it must be quickly pointed out, ironically, that David Yeagley, D.M.A. (in piano performance), is of the `university educated' variety. The book's purpose seems quite unclarified and unsupported.

To truly understand Yeagley's compilation however, one must comprehend his blogger efforts and their seeming purpose in context. A quick look at his blog confirms what most American Indians familiar with Yeagley already know, that he writes more like a white supremacist than a Comanche, with a particularly denigrating attitude toward nonwhites.

From this author's perspective, Yeagley's blog predominantly relies upon Yeagley's misperceived impression that he labels American Indian "failure," which probably accounts for his general unpopularity within Indian Country. Yeagley cannot write authentically about people he does not really understand, namely American Indians.

If I were to give my overall assessment of his position, it would be similar to the sinking ship analogy. In Yeagley's world, Indians are supposedly sunken already if not sinking with the ship (his writings about the "failure" of "Indian men" confirms this observation). So, in response to a misperceived Indian `failure,' Yeagley has decided to jump ship and head for the frothy shores of white supremacy, where he abandons the dying concerns of old Indian Country in favor of squatting in the white wing of the shiny city upon a hill. So rather than supporting the struggles of American Indians to write their own histories and correct degrading stereotypes, Yeagley attempts to actually champion those negative stereotypes from the bleached sands of his own perceived white superiority.

I give the blogger compilation "Rantings" a poor rating of ZERO STARS for its general lack of understanding key American Indian issues. If you are searching for accurate and reliable information on how American Indians are treated today, I highly recommend an alternative book, one that I own and admire: American Indians: Stereotypes & Realities (Devon A. Mihesuah). Try it instead.
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