I was appalled watching this program when it originally aired. However, I 'm a white gal,and if so many Indians were pleased with the program -- as the original comments seemed to indicate -- who was I to disagree. To my mind, program portrayed the two worst sides of how whites deal with Indians in this country. The conservatives rebuke the communalism of Indian country and point to how a few individuals have made something of themselves -- hidden message, so why can't they all do that? While liberals want to continue seeing Indians as primitive, naive souls who could possibly succeed, but only with the help of good white people. Casinos and American Indian activists working to solve their own problems don't play into either scenario and are usual ignored, at best, or vilified by the mainstream media. l can't believe they even showed that patronizing laugh when the young man told Ms. Sawyer he wanted to become pregnant. She covered by saying it wasn't funny but "wonderful" . The only thing missing was the wink to all her white viewers.
Friday, November 18, 2011 - 12:08