You really should not lump all white people into the same box. I am of Celtic, Norwegian, Swedish, and Finish background who grew up in the Dakota's who has always felt the Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, and the tribal bands they belong to should be thanked for dispatching George Custer before he could inflict himself upon the United States by becoming President. My mother's parents came in the early 1900s after the Native American wars were over and a great majority of the Native Americans were isolated to the Rez's or scattered into the wasteland of the cities of the United States becoming the invisible minority. I am well aware of the past history of demeaning attitudes that much of the whites have had toward Native Americans. I am also aware that Native Americans feel that the traditional liberal point of view is just as prejudice as the conservative point of view and sometimes worse. But it is not all whites today that have these attitudes because all whites are not the same but also whites belong to many different ethnic groups which are scattered to many different countries. From my experience teaching on Native American rez s that in at least Navajo have a collective noun such as one for vehicle or white people but differentiate the particular individual members of that group by what it does such as vehicle that flies or vehicle that floats. In your usage of the words "white people" there are no qualifiers that indicate which particular white people are being talked about and what particular attitudes that they have that bother you. As with the usage of the label Native Americans cannot imply anything particular about any of the individuals who identify themselves as Native Americans except in the broadest sense. It simply implies that your ancestors lived on the continents now labeled North and South America before any of the earliest ancestors European American immigrated here. That is all it indicates. Today there are many people of mixed ancestry who wind up on the frontiers of the ancestral disputes such as myself. For can I say I am Irish if I am only half Irish. Then what about my Norwegian-Finnish ancestors or my Swedish ancestors. Can I say that I belong to those ethnic groups also? Or do I simply deny my ethnic back ground and just say I am American as many do? Using the term "white people" and speaking of them as being all one and the same, is just as bad as using the term, "Native American" and saying they are all one and the same. We both know that this isn't true.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 13:51