Posts tagged American Indians
Posts tagged American Indians
ICYMI: Actor Armie Hammer, star of The Lone Ranger, gave a ridiculously tone-deaf interview in April to explain why the character of Tonto is not racist. Around the same time, Disney began a PR campaign to highlight their “sensitivity” towards American Indians and indigenous peoples in general.
Since the movie’s recent premiere, it seems Disney’s whitewashing media blitz may have been all for naught. Critics have panned the film as racist, boring, never-ending, or just plain bad. In two days, the $250 million dollar film grossed a paltry $19.5 million, setting it up to be one of the biggest flops in Hollywood history.
But I’m just going to say this: When the star of the flick trots out to the national media at the start of his media tour and basically says, “Every Indian I talked to loves it, so suck it haters” — yeah, your movie has a problem beyond a terrible script and absent plot.
Why do you want to leave Wyoming, Meg?
Oh, I don’t know, THIS. Y’know, that I’m not shocked AT ALL someone would make this comment to a member of the press working for the local NPR affiliate, or make a similar comment to the governor’s staff about Mexicans. As someone who’s freelanced in Wyoming for a decade, this happens all the time, especially when discussing the Wind River Reservation.
All the high-fives for those calling this crap out, especially J at the bottom.
Y’know, Columbus Day.
Posting might be light over the next couple of days, I’m heading out of town to visit my folks.
Hopefully if you get together with your family for Thanksgiving, it’s marvelously uncomplicated.
However, let’s remember the history of Thanksgiving is not uncomplicated - in fact, it’s fairly complex and brutal. This documentary, The Canary Effect, is a sobering look at the marginalization of American Indians in the United States.
The filmmakers, Robin Davey and Yellow Thunder Woman, are also members of The Bastard Fairies. Check them out - they put their own spin on the pepper-spray cop meme:
American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer on American Indians and religious superiority. AFA is supported by numerous Republican politicians, including Newt Gingrich.
I don’t even know what to say here. Thoughtful reflection? Racist theses require being considered with thoughtful reflection? There is no sobering lesson to be learned from Fischer’s thesis - only that this kind of hatred still exists.
"Now, I don’t care to discuss the alleged complaints American Indians have against this country. I believe, with good reason, the most unsympathetic Hollywood portrayal of Indians and what they did to the white man. They had no right to a country merely because they were born here and then acted like savages. The white man did not conquer this country. And you’re a racist if you object, because it means you believe that certain men are entitled to something because of their race. You believe that if someone is born in a magnificent country and doesn’t know what to do with it, he still has a property right to it. He does not.
Since the Indians did not have the concept of property or property rights—they didn’t have a settled society, they had predominantly nomadic tribal “cultures”—they didn’t have rights to the land, and there was no reason for anyone to grant them rights that they had not conceived of and were not using. It’s wrong to attack a country that respects (or even tries to respect) individual rights. If you do, you’re an aggressor and are morally wrong. But if a “country” does not protect rights—if a group of tribesmen are the slaves of their tribal chief—why should you respect the “rights” that they don’t have or respect? The same is true for a dictatorship. The citizens in it have individual rights, but the country has no rights and so anyone has the right to invade it, because rights are not recognized in that country; and no individual or country can have its cake and eat it too—that is, you can’t claim one should respect the “rights” of Indians, when they had no concept of rights and no respect for rights.
But let’s suppose they were all beautifully innocent savages—which they certainly were not. What were they fighting for, in opposing the white man on this continent? For their wish to continue a primitive existence; for their “right” to keep part of the earth untouched—to keep everybody out so they could live like animals or cavemen. Any European who brought with him an element of civilization had the right to take over this continent, and it’s great that some of them did. The racist Indians today—those who condemn America—do not respect individual rights.”
This explains quite a bit of Tea Party/Conservative thought regarding immigration laws like SB1070, and the rights of immigrants, whether or not they are here legally, the rights of Muslims, or the rights of Hispanic people in the U.S. I’m getting increasingly sick of people claiming they aren’t racist for “just asking the question” or whatever. It’s like Glenn Beck explaining away his statement about Barack Obama having a deep hatred for white people or saying to Congressman Keith Ellison in 2006, “I have been nervous about this interview with you, because what I feel like saying is, ‘Sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies.’ And I know you’re not. I’m not accusing you of being an enemy, but that’s the way I feel, and I think a lot of Americans will feel that way.”
Conservatives are increasingly playing the “you’re discriminating against me because I’m white middle class” card without understanding there’s still privilege inherent in being a white, middle-class, straight, cisgendered American (especially male). I know I’m a white female, and I will acknowledge that in and of itself carries privilege. But I won’t stop calling out the bullshit surrounding this new victim class of Tea Party, Ayn Rand devotees who are desperate to “reclaim” the civil rights movement for themselves. THEY MADE IT NECESSARY IN THE FIRST PLACE.
“The true story of Thanksgiving reminds us that the U.S. was born in genocide and slavery — and that the empire today rests on the constant expansion of that.”
Everything we know is a result of centuries of oppression and genocide.
You all should definitely read this.
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