ignorance of native americans

anonymous asked:

do u think its bad to have white skin? bc i get a lot of crap for it, even though im mostly native american. i was just born with really pale skin--

i don’t think it’s bad at all! you can’t help what your skin tone is like. ignore people who say “you’re not really native american” because of your skin tone. it’s great + you’re wonderful the way you are ♥ 

On Being a Non-Native

Dear Tumblr,

I am surrounded by beauty.  Each day I am greeted by the sun rising over the mountains on my morning walk to work.  Weekend hikes take me to awe-inspiring views.  This is sharply contrasted by the people I am here to serve.  People who are marginalized and forgotten about by most of society.  People who have welcomed me into their lives.

I elected to spend a month working for the Indian Health Service because, quite frankly, I am ignorant about Native Americans.  I come from a white, middle class background and my exposure to cultures not my own is lacking.  Though many of my peers are seeking to do audition rotations or overseas trips for 4th year, I wanted to broaden my experiences here in my own country.  So my girlfriend and I packed up the car and drove to our assigned Native American reservation.

The health problems here are dramatic.  Crime and violence reach rates seen in downtown L.A.  Patients are brought to the Emergency Department with BACs of 0.80 and walk out with BACs of 0.40 (for the record you are considered driving impaired when your BAC is 0.08).  Some areas of the reservation seem more like 3rd world countries in regards to poverty and living condition.  The impact of western culture is ever present in the sky-high diabetes rates.  

But the people are kind and noble.  They are more than the statistics presented about their population.  They are intelligent, yet quiet.  After just a few weeks I am finding myself comfortable in their presence, and more adept at making them comfortable in mine.  My introduction now includes a brief joke; my interview is less direct than what I might use with anglo people in my own community. 

The hospital we work for is small enough that providers literally work in all departments.  Board certified pediatricians see adults; internists see pregnant patients.  Hospital Wi-Fi is non-existent, and sometimes the internet is so slow we use paper charts.  It is a magical community where doctors practice the type of medicine I dreamt about before med school.  My heart feels a longing to stay in this simpler place forever. 

But this cannot last.  Before long I have to return to the hustle and bustle of an academic medical center.  My hospital has its own magic, thought it has lost its luster from the hours and hours I have spent inside its walls.  Perhaps it will seem a bit shinier when I return; or perhaps I will shine a bit brighter from this experience.  And maybe I will return one day, to this mountain hospital.  But for now I have to begin preparing for my next big training adventure.  

T-minus 6 months until I officially become an MD.      

Hopefully I will have time to write more about my experiences in the coming days.

Always yours,

The Disagreeable Doctor

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I've fucking had it , so here's my rant

Hey so how about this guys!

STOP MAKING JOKES ABOUT SANDRA BLAND
STOP TRYING TO MAKE YOURSELVES RELEVANT BY SAYING SOME DUMB SHIT LIKE “BLAH BLAH REVERSE RACISM BLAH BLAH ALL LIVES MATTER”
FOR ONCE IN YOUR PRIVILEGED LIVES STOP MAKING IT ABOUT YOU
BLACK PEOPLE ARE BEING LYNCHED STILL
NATIVE AMERICAN ARE BEING JAILED FOR NO FUCKING REASON
ASIANS ARE STILL SEX SLAVES
AND WHAT IS HAPPENING THATS SO WRONG TO WHATE PEOPLE?????
FUCKING NOTHING.
YOU ARE NOT BEING KILLED BECAUSE OF YOUR SKIN COLOR
YOU ARE NOT LOOKED DOWN UPON BECAUSE OF YOUR HERITAGE
YOU ARE NOT SEEN AS A LESSER HUMAN BEING
YOU WANNA KNOW WHAT IGNORANT WHITE PEOPLE HAVE DONE?
STEAL LAND FROM NATIVE AMERICANS
MAKE ASIANS BUILD IT
AND HAVE BLACKS MAINTAIN IT
THERE IS NO WAY IN HOLY HELL IGNORANT WHITE PEOPLE KNOW HOW IT FEELS TO BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST
I AM A 5'1 18 YEAR OLD HONOR STUDENT AND WHITE DADS PULL THERE CHILDREN IN THE HOUSE BECAUSE I WALK BY
CALL ME “NIGGER”
AND DISRESPECT ME BECAUSE MY SKIN COLOR IS A THREAT
YOU IGNORANT MAYONNAISE JARS WANNA MAKE YOURSELVES RELEVANT?
GET A FUCKING HISTORY BOOK
DO SOME FUCKING RESEARCH
AND SUPPORT US
GET ON THE WINNING TEAM
AND MAKE YOURSELVES RELEVANT THAT WAY
THE FUCKING END

But there is a trend here:

Ignorant America: “We are AMERICA and it is time to stand up to these Muslims who want to take away out freedom!!!”



Ignorant America: *Enslaved blacks for hundreds of years*

Ignorant America: *Put Japanese citizens in concentration camps*

Ignorant America: *Celebrates a dead man who was not only a racist bigot but also practically committed genocide on a bunch of native Americans… just to have a day off.*

Ignorant America: *Puts Native Americans in small reservations while we take the rest of America… which is like… 98%.* 

Ignorant America: *Passes anti-gay laws bc CHRISTIAN COUNTRY!!!!!!*

Ignorant America: *Still thinks we can abuse black people just because they walk around in hoodies*

Ignorant America: *Basically learned absolutely nothing from our history of racism and bigotry.*

Ok this is SO wrong on so many levels I am in shock this was ever given the green card like what the fuCK??

-the g-word is a RACIAL SLUR this is NT a word that should ever be used it is a name given to the romani people and it is NOT equivalent to “free spirited travelor” that is your ignorant talking

-misappropriating native American clothing and calling it festival? how??? why??

-DREADS???ON A WHITE GIRL???

this is probably the worst ad I have ever seen who the fuck thought this was ok?? rampant cultural appropriation and calling it tribal pixie earth! email etsy and tell them to take down this ad I was gagging when I saw this