Who said: "Our tradition is: We shoot cannibals"?
September 2, 2014 1:30 PM Subscribe
I told this story, which I believe to be a true story, to my son recently. He would like to source it. I have no idea how to find it. I have done some googling but I don't have names or dates or anything to go on. Please hope me.
posted by Michele in California to Grab Bag (8 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
The gist of it is that a British guy reports for duty as the new guy in charge at some British colony. The natives practice cannibalism. He is told he needs to put a stop to this practice. He goes to the local chieftain and tells him they have to stop this. The chieftain calls upon what I guess was Britain's version of Star Trek's rule of not interfering with local culture and he tells him "You can't make us stop. It is our tradition." And the British guy replies to the effect of "Okay. We respect your tradition. And you respect ours. Our tradition is: We shoot cannibals." And the cannibalism did end.
I know that is really vague and hand-wavy in some sense. I am hoping someone knows who said this or what British colony this was or what the tribe was or SOMETHING. Because googling seems to be not productive so far.