i am apache

I am part Chiricahua Apache from southern New Mexico- We were raised with Nothng but respect for our Native Primos who didn’t abandon they’re culture- Family history tells us that when the US took the land from Mexico, the Spanish, Mexicans, Natives and even whites that lived there from before the war, all spoke Spanish as it was the Lingua Franca of the region - When the Soldiers and Census people came in and started classifying people by race, many bilingual Natives, Mexicans and Mestizos all chose to identify as Mexican instead of Native as the war continued long after for the Native Rebellious and they were the most prejudiced against. Another reason they chose not to identify as Native is you would be confined to the Concentration Camps they called Reservations in those days and we’re more likely to starve to Death or be Murdered. Unfortunately for the rest of us mixed and full bloods who were fluent in Spanish and a Native language, we swapped the Native for English and have been calling ourselves Chicanos ever since to distinguish us from being either being deported to Mexico or to a Reservation-

Writing on a group’s issues to which you have no connection

I want to write a story that basically protests colonial powers, particularly the French and their continued tyranny over West African countries. However I’m worried that it might turn out as a white person talking about black peoples issues and I’m not comfortable with that. Is there a way to write it and avoid this, or should I downright abandon this idea?

So long as the authority is people directly affected, should be fine. I mean, technically a white author wrote one of my favourite Native protagonist books (I Am Apache, which describes the Apache resistance to settlers) but she used actual survivors of the war to build her account. It’s a gorgeous book.

-Mod Lesya

I have no solid yes or no answer to this, as some people will be fine with it while others may feel you’re encroaching on an issue that you have no strong, legitimate claims to. 

As this is a story (fiction) be careful about blatantly preachy “This-is-bad” themes as it doesn’t typically make for an easily digestible story, and also don’t treat your characters as puppets for your theme. 

Most people know x is bad so illustrating the intricate horrors, effects, and just how bad x is, is more effective than drilling in the basic message of x being bad. 

I think you’d benefit from reading the ask Writing a genocide to which you have no personal connection.

-Mod Colette