I, for my part, am irritated by the insinuated interpretation of Professor Falk's remark which I understand in the following way:
The incriminated subclause "because they are Indians" -- in the phrase: "they want to be taken as authorities, because they are Indians" -- does *not* specify the reason of "their" wish for being "taken as authorites" (in the sense: because they are Indians, they want to be taken as authorities, i.e. Indians want generally to be taken as authorities). Instead, it specifies their presumed *individual* reason for being "taken as authorities" (= they want: to be taken as authorities merely for the reason that they are Indians). One may agree or disagree to this analysis of their motives, but I cannot see any reason for being "appalled and saddened" by this phrase.
With best wishes