Even by the 90s, when I knew Crow kids, "second class" doesn't even begin to describe the discrimination they faced. "Prairie nigger" is a term that got thrown around--and wasn't objected to by a sitting US senator.
As far as I can tell, things haven't improved. My nephews' dad is native by race, but was raised by adoptive white parents. Looking "half Indian" nets all kind of assumptions--some innocuous but cringeworthy, others pretty ugly.
I don't know what the right answer is, but the US needs to figure out how to be less shitty to its indigenous peoples. New Zealand is far from perfect, but from my observations there, engagement with Māori is miles better than anything here.
Enforcing the rules, continued support of the expansion of tribal colleges, understanding state money rarely gets to tribes regardless of what the bill says, and actually funding the healthcare might be a nice step forward. Please note, whatever your opinion on the PPACA, it excludes tribes (yes, I read the whole bill). Also, understanding that no bank is going to loan money for housing on a reservation and doing something at the federal level might be a nice thing.
There are some amazing bright spots, but the northern plains is a bit far from them.
Of course, not every tribe has a casino, but if those that do had innovated in this area, we'd have a better idea of the best direction for federal funding.
1) most tribes were sent away from cities which makes casinos problematic, but it didn't hurt on the natural resource front for some
2) I still think the tribal pact with North Dakota that you cannot directly pay members (imagine a business that couldn't pay its owner) is the purest form of evil
Which Senator? (For my notes).
There appear to be are more Maori per capita than American natives (according to Wikipedia about 14.6 percent in the latter case and less than 2 percent in the former - I'm assuming these numbers are true but in general it's probably correct if they aren't) so that's not surprising.
And by 'got away with it', I mean, seriously got away with it. Its not like Australia is held to the same standards as Germany is today, with regards to its racial prejudice and general malaise within the white population towards the history of the indigenous people. I think thats because Germany started a war over their racial policies - Australia just quietly swept it all under the rug in the meantime ..
I grew up in what used to be Indian Territory and there wasn't any of that that I knew about. Not much you can do about individual people, but my experience is much more optomistic.
I would personally have elected not to use it in this case given the wide audience, but I understand that the context was not hateful and it was being used to illuminate a real situation and promote discussion. Just my opinion, not a permission slip obviously.
I said the word non-chalantly to my girlfriend in a sentence the other day (to see what her reaction would be), and she nearly fell out of her chair. We're both white. The word is, and I think will always be, extremely powerful.
> it was used just about every time a Black person was whipped, chained, beaten, insulted, spat upon, raped, lynched, or otherwise humiliated and mistreated by White folks.
Since everyone would know what term was being used anyway, why NOT censor it, given it's vile origins? Why continue to say it?
I appreciate it when people don't nerf their language, personally. It's just more honest.
There is a vast difference between the word rape and the N word.
Good question. What is the cost that you're talking about?
Speech has intent behind it. Peatmoss' comment doesn't seem intended to hurt anyone. It seems intended to drive home the unfairness that they (peatmoss) witnessed, and to remind us that racism is still a widespread problem. I don't think that a bowdlerized version of the comment would've had the same impact.
There's a vast difference between using a racial slur yourself and calling out someone who does.
And why do you think white people look for excuses to use the word? I haven't heard a White person use it since middle school.
For example I am old enough to have seen the last living Civil War veterans and slaves talk about their experiences.
Ive read we tend tomonly know our ancestors up to the living history limit, an no further, unless s/he was a very notable person. We might have heard our grandparents stories about their grandparents.
Republican Rome held a living history party called The Jubilee. A new Jubilee was held when last person who remembered the previous Jubilee died. (It gradually got debased to celebration of a leader who ruled for a long time.)
Only two ladies are alive from the 1800s, but dont remember it.
This could make me sad, but instead I feel somewhat inspired by the character and life course of a person like this.
One common thread from both dad talking of WW2 and grandfather of WW1 was a lifelong cynicism of all things political. My Uncle was in Burma and got to see the River Kwai bridge as a prisoner. He never talked of the war. I only learned of this from dad, but was asked never to mention it. I wish I had chance to talk more in my 30s and 40s when my perspective had matured.
I think I'm quite glad I never lived through events of that magnitude now I've matured past "Oooh I could have flown a Spitfire" of childhood. Despite the terrorism in the media constantly, we're in far safer times.
I am saddened to read in this thread that we seem to have still not figured out how to treat indigenous people well.
Of course, it's stories like this one and others that serve to remind me that maybe I could, or should, contribute to something more positive and beneficial.
And I fully agree with your last point too.
The world would appear less safe to you if you, or someone close to you, were required to serve and fight the wars.
I can relate to that so much. It's the main reason I did a career change after many successful years in IT. I'm now in conservation, where I hope at least a few of the things I do outlast me.
I keep half an eye out looking for a worthwhile OS project I can use some of my coding smarts on before I forget it all. Nothing yet has really enthused me. Something that makes a difference to some lives perhaps. All I can really say is I'll know it when I see it.
Good, because the point is to feel inspired. Do with what you got left what you can. With the world how it is, a life lived without causing pain to others is a damn fine legacy.
> And then the German yelled, “Mama.”
> “That word ‘Mama,’ opened my ears. I let him go.”
Stuff like this really gets to me, for some reason.
There are some books that I believe everybody should read, this is one of them.
For a significant portion of the Native Americans existence in America, there were no horses. They were introduced back into the environment by Europeans.
Which means this rule for becoming chief hasn't always been part of the requirements. It was added sometime in more recent history, and implies that the definition is probably being followed too strictly.
This is like translating holy books literally, when they were written in completely different contexts. I'm sure the tribe could vote to change the definition to bring it up do date, yet still maintain the ideal.
[edit: of course I'm not Crow, I grew up with their rivals]