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

anonymous asked:

do you identify as a white person or a poc

i look completely white i could go the rest of my life and not tell anyone about my native american heritage and nobody would second guess me and i benefit hugely from that even if i don’t agree with it i personally don’t feel like i have any business calling myself a poc bc i don’t face any of the problems, bigotry or racism poc face.

it does kind of make me sad when people are like “you’re a white person stop talking about race” bc no matter what i look like i am lipan apache and oglala lakota and native americans are severely underrepresented and underserved and native people are still dying, native people are still battling addiction and poverty at alarming rates, and native women are still getting raped 3x more than any other race of women and i feel like my identity gets erased when that happens, i feel like i can’t speak out about native centric issues because i don’t “fit” the stereotypical “native” look, whatever that is to people of all races, and i just get written off as a white girl with a big mouth talking about shit she doesn’t understand but i do understand it, it’s half of me, but i know that it’s a far cry from what non white passing people face and i need to stop complaining but it still kind of hurts bc i’ve worked so hard to understand my native side and learn about a culture that’s been systemically denied to me.