I am going to try and thread a very tight PC needle today. Not because I am being silly, but out of respect for all indigenous people. And with so many new things you can say, and not say, I was even scared to address today’s holiday. Within our small community, American Indian names, images and use of cliche stereotypes was common practice. But was it done with ill intent? Actually I think it was the opposite.
Out of respect, and romantic images of exploration, living on the land, honesty, and visually exciting and exotic. So it’s with that I may try and talk about this subject. Have I blown off my insensitive old white guy foot yet? If I did, its also hurt my face, cause that foot is in my mouth most of the time. So. Here goes with pictures and captions.
I tried. I am obviously a tad insensitive, but I always try and respect everyone. Anything I ever say is meant to be positive, even a bad joke which is obviously trying to be sarcastic. Now if you will excuse me, I am late for my mandatory Re-Education classes. Oh boy? Was that joke bad? BTW, did you know there is no one American Indian Language? There are over 500!
Okay, for the record here. Today is about trying to understand more. Not point fingers. And hopefully in some sort of way, we all picked up a little sensitivity about our cultural beginnings, and not feel guilty about the migrations of humanity. I mean at some point my Indigenous family tree left for new areas. Thus not being indigenous anymore. Kinda like being born in Cleveland, and leaving to California. No? At what point, does this start? I am gonna go now again. I think I have done enough damage.