How not to get your point across
Yesterday, the Seneca Nation of Indians held a rally in downtown Buffalo's Niagara Square to protest against the state's possible move to tax sales of cigarettes and gas to non-Indians on Nation territory. It's a hot button topic here, and people with long memories may recall a similar move by then-Gov. Pataki in 1997, in response to which the Senecas shut down the New York State Thruway. A video from WNYMedia.net:
The rally was typical and uneventful, and I thought that they made their point rather effectively, except for this one 15 year old kid who held up this sign: The Senecas certainly suffered a great deal in their history, and they have a right to enforce their legal sovereignty, such as it is, but does this Sagdiyevesque expression of dissent offend you as much as it did me? Doesn't equating the Holocaust with a sales tax dispute seem like a bit more than mere hyperbole?
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