Image via WikipediaWhen we were kids, we used to cannonball into the pool or lake or whatever was at hand. As I recall, we might have shouted an enthusiastic "Geronimo!" as we did so.
The term, as used, was simply an exclamative. We were not referring specifically to an individual of any particular ethnic group.
I doubt if this explanation would satisfy the current PC grievance crowd.
“Think of the outcry if they had used any other ethnic group’s hero”.
But, what about this: Setting the record straight.
And this: "The U.S. Army's 101st Air Assault Division has used "Geronimo!" as its battle cry since its origins as the First World War 101st Infantry Division, though during its parachute drops on D-Day, the unit temporarily substituted "Bill Lee!" in honor of General William C. Lee, who was unable to lead the division following a heart attack." (In other words, the word chosen is a mark of honor, not disparagement.)
Now, back to work.