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if you believe that your work as a white anti-racist is to simply prove how unlike other white racists you are, you are totally wrong and need to re-evaluate some things
What are your thoughts on mestizxs 'reclaiming' their native heritage? I've heard some debates about it from Latinx bloggers, but what is the discussion like north of us?
I am not a Mestizx and I haven’t seen a whole lot of the debate so I don’t think it’d be appropriate for me to voice my opinion when I know so little. Although, I do see a lot of Latinx people trying to reclaim their Indigenous roots by learning Nahuatl when in actuality, there are so many other Indigenous languages in Mexico and Central/South America and the Nahuatl language may not even be the language that their ancestors even spoke. I think before you proceed even claiming anything, you should try bothering to learn about your heritage a bit more because it erases many other Indigenous groups that live in Latin America.
As for the Mestizx thing, anybody wanna say something? - mod M
Do any of the mods know much about the BIA? Are they the good guys, and run by natives?
I’m assuming you’re referring to the Bureau of Indian Affairs? I can’t say I know too much about it. I skimmed through the wiki article, which I’ll take the info with a grain of salt because wiki isn’t that reliable but there have been a couple of NDNs who have worked for the BIA. I’m not too sure about what’s up with it today though. (Also I believe the one you’re referring to is situated in the United States and I don’t live there. We have a similar one in Canada but I’m pretty clueless about that one too.) - mod M
*Forgot to add but I wouldn’t say the BIA are ‘good guys’ considering the things I’ve heard.
One of my relatives has worked for the B.I.A for almost 18 years, they have treated her really good but as for the department as a whole meh, I honestly don’t know much about them other than they used to be the police on my rez and I heard they were pretty brutal to both ndns and non-natives but I also heard they kept everything in line better than our current police dept. but I dk for sure don’t think I was born yet when they were here.
I'm mixed Black, White, and Native American.IWould wearing a feathered neckless be considered cultural appropriation toward Native American cultures? Or would it actually have to pertain to a certain act,tribe, or custom?
Depends, just wearing a feather necklace isn’t, however wearing a feather necklace then splash lipstick on your face then start posting pictures, saying things like look how Indian I am, tiger lily/Pocahontas style or whatever then yeah it pretty much is. -mod A
Just wanted to say keep up the good work! I support this blog so much. I am Australian Indigenous and its great to see a blog like this.
Thanks! We try! -mod A
So are sports teams named things like "the Chiefs" offensive? It's still making mascots out of parts of a culture. My friend was arguing that it was acceptable because it wasn't a slur or anything and some names have other meanings (like "brave").
I think so, because their fan base generally thinks it gives them a free pass to get a way with redface and the rest of those idiotic stereotypes. -mod A
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