american indian racism

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“YOU DON’T LOOK NATIVE” - is something that bothers me greatly. I see it happen all the time, especially to Natives in the US & Canada.

Telling any Native person that they aren’t Native because they don’t fit your superficial stereotype is RACIST! Every single person pictured above is a NATIVE.

This is something that all non-Natives need to understand, there is no “Native look”.

- Not all Native women look like Disney’s “Pocahontas”.
- Not all Native men look like a Plains NDN with long flowing hair.
- Not all Natives have high cheekbones.
- Not all Natives have black straight hair. Some have brown hair, some have curly hair, some have light hair and so on.
- Yes Native men CAN grow beards and have facial hair.
- Not all Natives have brown eyes. Some have blue eyes, some have grey eyes, some have green eyes and some have hazel eyes.
- There are tall Natives and there are short Natives.
- There are dark skinned Natives, light skinned Natives and pale skinned Natives.

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Racism against Native Americans has reached a new tipping point

While Native American protesters were being pepper-sprayed, shot with beanbags and arrested en masse by law enforcement in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, on Thursday, the Cleveland Indians were wrapping up Game 3 of the World Series; emblazoned on their hats was the franchise’s racist mascot — Chief Wahoo.

Over Halloween weekend, as protesters were recouping and taking stock of their diminished numbers, photos went public of Jason Walsh — the white boyfriend of actress Hillary Duff — wearing a feathered headdress, red face paint and a fringed leather tunic at a costume party in Beverly Hills.

These are just two of the many ways Native Americans and their cultures have been co-opted, caricatured and ridiculed at sports stadiums and Halloween celebrations across the country of late. It’s not a new pattern — but these incidents take on renewed irony amid the largest Native-led protests the United States has seen in decades. READ MORE

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1973 - After white businessman Darold Schmidt was charged with involuntary manslaughter instead of Murder after stabbing Wesley Bad Heart Bull to death on the Pine Ridge reservation more than 200 members of the American Indian Movement, or AIM, arrived for the hearing at the courthouse in Custer. Sarah Bad Heart Bull, the victim’s mother, was beaten on the courthouse steps while trying to enter into talks with authorities, after which the courthouse erupted into a riot between police and American Indians, during which AIM burned down the courthouse. [video]

Friends don’t let friends wear redface.

PEOPLE HAVE NO OBLIGATION TO SHARE THEIR CULTURE WITH YOU.

Just something to keep in mind before you get on your little soap box about how ‘blending cultures will end racism!’ or whatever nonsense you want to use to speak over actual PoC so you can wear bindis or warbonnets or wear blackface.

Unless they welcome you into their culture, you are NOT welcomed into that culture. You don’t get to go into someone else’s home and start calling the shots.

[In the image a person in a blue shirt, who appears to be a Native American man, is standing in gift shop holding a dream catcher. An image of the Confederate Battle Flag is painted on a stretched piece of canvas on the inside of the dream catcher. The man has a look of concern and a frown on his face.]

Source: Does anyone know where this image was taken, the date it was taken, or who the photographer was?

It’s Time to Speak Up for Salmon!

Kayla Brown, Hupa, stands with Chief Caleen Sisk, Winnemem Wintu, for Rivers and Water.

The Hupa People are in a crisis situation, with a potential repeat of the 2002 salmon kill on the Klamath and Trinity Rivers. Because the Bureau of Reclamation is refusing to let enough water out of the dams, the rivers are too low and too warm, and the salmon are beginning to show signs of disease.

Excuse me for the rant I’m about to do, but I wanted to point out again that these are the REAL founding fathers of America. Not Christofer or whoever else people say is. Europeans came over and took THEIR land and claimed it as their own. They KILLED and FORCED all of them out if their homes and onto reservations. It pisses me off and we almost NEVER learn about the Native Americans in our history classes even though we are sitting in a school built on THEIR territory but people do not even have enough respect to put them in our education curriculum. And I also wanted to bring this up because summer is coming and people looooove to talk shit about my red skin and say “Ew your skin is so red what the fuck.” “You look like a lobster hahahaha.” and “OMG you’re so sunburned.” So excuse me and back the fuck up. I am not sunburned, that is the color of my ethnicity and race. Saying that shit is just as racist as anything else. If you’re allowed to love your white, tan, and black skin I am allowed to love my red skin. And no, I never lived in a tribe or reservation and I don’t speak any of the languages. But most of you never lived in Europe, Mexico, or Africa or speak a native language so you can stop with that there. And yes, I am part white, but the majority of my family starting from my great parents and back are mainly or full either Cherokee, Blackfoot, or Chickasaw. DO NOT try to invalidate me and my race. I have pride in my people and where I come from, thank you very much.

If your “anti-racism” argument only deals with black and white people, you aren’t any better than who you are arguing. The world isn’t black and white, ya knobs.

Type Asian in the tags. Literally straight fetishism. Native Americans get shit on by all American elementary schools and reduced to corn and feathers. Latinos? If not fetishized, they are made out to be lazy, over-bred, “intruders”, or have their accent mocked. Any complaint about henna being appropriating shows how little people know about their willingness to emerge others in their culture. Middle Easterns are either seen as terrorists or have to deal with people trying to trip over themselves with acceptance. 

If anything, black people are the least oppressed POC in America. At least we get talked about.