I agree that it is totally disrespectful to use the first peoples of this continent as sports logos or mascots. I don't think very many non-native people in the United States even have any idea of who or what we are about. And to be honest, I think alot of them would rather not know. It's more convenient for their personal agendas and self-centered motives to play "dumb". They really aren't dumb, I think deep down they know. They just don't want to face the fact that we are HERE, and we do have a point of view, just like everyone else. For them to really take the steps to acknowledge us fully for who we are and what our people are about, would be the equivalent of raining on their own parade. It's just not convenient. But, I have to say, I have met some non-natives who have been trying very hard to understand to the best of their ability given their life experience, and are trying to encompass our points of view into their worldview. So, I think those kind of people are the ones we have to try to appeal to. I have met non-native people who do care, and do want to make things right. Alot of them just don't know, they've never been properly eduacated in regards to these matters. So, let's keep on working hard to make our voices heard, and give people a chance to do the right thing. Nimziwi.
Saturday, February 12, 2011 - 18:32