'The Good Old Days' Were Only Good for Whites

Harlan McKosato

A few years ago my son and I were attending a Sunday service at the Albuquerque Indian Baptist Mission here in my neighborhood. The regular church pastor, who is Creek/Arikara, was out of town and he invited a guest speaker to give the sermon. It was an older white gentleman who was a former coach. As he began speaking he made the comment that times had changed in America – for the worse. He said something to the effect that this country was not the same as he once knew it.

I listened and he kept on making references to people not being as courteous to one another as they once were, and that neighbors on his street barely knew one another’s name or each other’s family members. Teenagers lacked respect for their elders and so on. As I read between the lines of his message it struck me what it was that was making me uneasy. He wanted to go back to a simpler time in America when things were more segregated — a time when there wasn’t so much diversity in our society.

I was reminded of that Sunday morning message when I saw a picture on my Facebook feed of four white women at a Trump rally and their t-shirts read: “Make-America-White-Again” — with a not-so-subliminal link to Trump’s rallying cry “Make America Great Again.” Even though the photo has been refuted and Trump supporters say it was photo-shopped, it wasn’t so far-fetched that at first sight it made perfect sense.

That’s what is driving this Trump phenomenon as he tries to snatch the Republican nomination for President. The unspoken mantra among many white people is they long for the days when they, and only they, ruled the roost. Civil rights, Native rights, Gay rights, Women’s rights – dammit, what about White rights? That’s when America was great and we can make America great again, by God. Black lives matter, well white lives matter more. It says so right there in the Holy Scriptures.

The problem with white privilege is that when that’s all you know and you’re comfortable with it; then you’re confronted with an equality movement that you didn’t necessarily see coming, you probably do feel like you are being discriminated against. Trump has tapped into that emotion, although we all know white privilege is not going away anytime soon. It may get ugly in Cleveland (I should say uglier) during the GOP convention this summer. But why is this campaign so highly charged?

Native Americans are all-too-familiar with double-speak coming from the white man’s forked tongue. It’s been scientifically proven that many white straight males have evolved over time and are now able to speak out of both sides of their mouths at the same time. Let’s “Make America Great (White) Again.” Sometimes I listen to these guys speak real closely and try to uncover their ventriloquism, but it’s really hard to catch it.

Let me clarify. I like white people. Some of my best friends are white. I don’t hate anyone. It’s simply not healthy for the soul. I grew up in a little Oklahoma town that was 95 percent white. But my siblings and I excelled athletically and academically. We weren’t subjected to out and out racism, although the subtle discrimination against the Indians in my community wasn’t realized until later in life. I grew up with white boys. I could beat them on the athletic field and court. I got the attention of their girlfriends, and that’s why I do not have an inferiority complex. Enough said before I get myself into trouble.

I have news for you White America. America will never be white again — through your nostalgic lenses. In fact, minorities will be the majority in a couple of decades here in the great USA. A revolution has already happened. Send all your wealth to offshore banks. It doesn’t matter. If your definition of Make America Great Again is white domination, it’s not going to happen, unless you totally segregate yourselves from the rest of us.

Maybe you guys can build a space station on Mars and move there. That would make the rest of us who have had to put up with your holier-than-thou attitudes and behaviors for the last millennium justified that you never really belonged here in the first place. Amen.

Harlan McKosato is a citizen of the Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma. He is the director of NDN Productions, an independent media production company based in Albuquerque.

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turbojesus's picture
full blood native americans are extremely racist against mixed blood people, white, black people. I remember going over to a friend's house and his parents would neither speak to me or be in the same room as me. I lived by a casino and would see one of the chiefs driving his Ferrari so obviously things haven't been too bad for the real native americans.
tmsyr11's picture
As much as "YOU" want to make out the election a race-base, cultural issue, the REALITY (welcome to the real world) is PEOPLE (black, white, brown, yellow, green, blue) are FED with the 8 years of economic stagnation that should have been the focus (but yet instead, the distraction was the political manuevering to exploiting the sensitivities of race, sex, cultural attitudes, behaviors, etc.) Why does it cost so much now to get a hotel room with the buying power of income/earnings? Why are 100 MILLION people out of work and why do these non-workers don't get reported by the TV-nightly news anymore? The federal dollars and appropriations show be going to Americans (young, old, white, black, brown), but instead they go to illegal…(I mean) undocumented, unreported migrants. A US Govt. that doesn't acknowledge nor report anymore the acceptance of Syrian economic refugees at 10,000+. Job growth under Barry's policies are much worst than Ray-gun's 1980's efforts. It just isn't about race-based politics as much you want to proclaim. Race issues and topics were sensitive enough to be left out, but in light of Democrat policies and practices, race topics can be exploited now and it seems it is fair-game to practice in spite of having America being dilipidated and behind….the "good old days" when everyone, black, white, brown, benefited to opportunity galore. I still recall the good old days when Fed-Mart - Window ROck, Arizona was the "Wal-Mart" of its time in the mid-late 1970s. When people from Gallup, Farmington (border-towns) were actually coming onto the Reservation lands, to buy! It can be done and has been by Indian people alike. They just didn't stand around and wait for somebody else to carry it out and/or preach intolerance….
shood1943's picture
Actually, Harlan, there is another game plan in affect besides sending which people to space. lol, lol,
shood1943's picture
The Downfall of Everybody by Will Cuppy is about as truthful report of history as anything. It is also a good read. Have you ever read it.