remember how they tackled cultural appropriation in Criminal Minds, S1 “The Tribe”, when this thirty-something, power-hungry white dude used half-assed understandings of Native American cultures (just fucking mixed them all together) to brainwash other white teens into killing people…
“You’re not Apache” says the actual Native American activist involved in the case.
“No, you are not a true Apache! Grandfather said-…” shouts the brainwashed white teenage girl. Who then mentions ‘Grandfather’ tested her using the (Gahey?, I apologise if that is incorrect) in the desert, and she goes on and on about how they were true-… but he is having NONE of it.
He’s offended (rightly so) that she was flippantly referring to the (ga-hey?), and tells her they are not what she believes them to be, and she could not understand.
Eventually the guy grabs the bloody blanket of her victims and goes, “Look at this, this is not the blood of an enemy, it is the blood of a little girl like you. You have been brainwashed with half-truths of a culture you do not understand!”
And it was like… get her.
And then the Grandfather dude tries to upset the only actual Native American person (Black Wolf) when they finally confront him. Etc.
Not to mention, the show gives a lot of time to having the agents blatantly labelling the bad guys here “American Defense League” or whatever they called themselves… as racists. And state that “450 guns between 200 people isn’t self-defense”.
The plot is real fucked up bc of what the white people did in order to play on the stereotypical rhetoric of the ‘savage indians’, but you can see it happening in real life?
This was made like… tn years back or whatever, and it’s kind of like… yeah, that could still happen, even now. White people with guns kicking down school doors for some stupid reason… etc.
Dunno, was just rewatching it and it was like… interesting. This sounds like Donglord Trunk’s approach to victim-blaming…