Fair points about the lack of interest generally displayed by Republicans, but if you're dismissing the initiatives by Reagan/Bush I/Nixon, then you have to apply that same disregard for the past and the focus on the present to the Democratic party, and we're left with President Obama's role in the Cobell debacle, of which Mrs. Warren had no part. . . Both parties display a poor track record when it comes to indigenous rights and issues, which is why it's disingenuous and weird to suddenly declare that Natives are inherently working against their best interests by not supporting a woman who has demonstrated zero willingness to listen to Native voices that might disagree with her positions. It's not just about her appearance. I believe the previous article to which this one links talked also about her complete inability to point to anything beyond cheekbones when discussing her relationship to Cherokee culture. How exactly is her enviable bone structure going to permit her to invest the Senate or Cambridge with a Native perspective that she claims to possess? And she's the one who inserted the matter of superficial physical features into the discourse when she talked about those cheekbones. So she can't, on one hand, rely on the importance of external racial characteristics to bolster her argument and then cry "racist!" when the flipside of those external characteristics is pointed out. I have to agree that the Horton comparison is not really making sense to me. If the GOP had tried to align itself with the black community back then, that might be more comparable to the fact that the Republicans stand to hold a seat if Warren loses. But for this to be a reoccurence of the Horton saga, they'd have to be using mug shots of Indians to make them representative of a scary menace. And Horton was, in fact, a menace who should never have been furloughed (why would you need a furlough if you're supposed to spend the rest of your life or most of it in prison?), though the Atwater ads that stoked white fear of blacks in general were definitely distasteful.
Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 23:22