Turns out Lord Jeff gave smallpox-infested blankets to the Indians. Not exactly what the song says, is it?
To the Frenchman and the Indians he didn’t do a thing
Here’s an extract from the New York Times article:
“Amherst College finds itself in a position where a mascot — which, when you think about it, has only one real job, which is to unify — is driving people apart because of what it symbolizes to many in our community,
And here’s the link to the full NYT article: