The powers of ignorance are rearing their ugly heads again, this time with the sanction of the Department of the Interior. The department’s recommendation that Kennewick Man be summarily sentenced to the care of the tribes is a virtual guarantee that he and his story will be buried quick and buried deep.
Such shameless pandering for the sake of political correctness is difficult enough to stomach in any circumstance. With Kennewick Man, however, it means that we must willingly turn our backs on a chance to increase our knowledge of human history simply to keep a small but overly vocal segment of our citizenry quiet. If this decision is allowed to stand, it will be no less a celebration of stupidity than the destruction of the library at Alexandria or the burning of books by the Nazis. The fact that the proper study of this archaeological find was ever an issue at all makes one wonder how man managed to become the dominant species.
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