Posted on April 10, 2017

Editor of Mother Jones Is Slammed on Twitter for Claiming That ‘Tomahawk Missiles’ Are Offensive to Native Americans

Anna Hopkins, Daily Mail, April 9, 2017

The editor-in-chief of a prominent liberal news organization has been slammed on social media for suggesting that Tomahawk cruise missiles are an example of cultural appropriation.

Clara Jeffery, who runs the non-profit publication Mother Jones, received a barrage of responses after speculating that Native Americans might be offended by the naming of the missiles which were launched by President Trump this week.

Twitter users immediately disparaged Jeffery’s statement and her account was inundated with responses that went viral.

Utilizing the names of Native American tribes is a common practice among the US military, which has drawn inspiration from countless tribes for machinery and aircraft over the years.

Jeffery’s critics argue that her perceived hypervigilance for a culture that isn’t her own is ill-informed, and that her concerns are misplaced.


Some users argued that Jeffery, being a white woman, did not have the authority to speak on issues that didn’t affect her racially.

Donald Trump Jr retweeted a response from television host Ben Shapiro, in which he offered a name for the missiles inspired by his Jewish nationality.