Can I say something about this, please?
I get the whole “White people/Europeans stole our land” kind of deal, and back then that’s basically what happened. Yes, that is true. And yes, now those Europeans and settlers descendants’ are now residing on the precious, sacred turtle Island that we so happily inhabited…
But those descendents [racist or not…] have every right to be here as we do; they were born here like we were, and this land is the only land they know… Just like us. They can’t control what their ancestors did anymore than we can stop the sun from rising. Yes, there are some VERRRRY racist people. But racists AREN’T just white. I have in fact met some VEERY racist Native Americans who are even racist to Native Americans. And there are very lovely Caucasian people as well who are not racist at all, and actually treat First Nations like human beings and do idle no more rallies with us, and stand up for us when bigots are being dickwads. :)
And as for the snow thing… No. Just no. I realize that this person is trying to be humorous in a sort of sick way, but no.
What about in the case of Inuit peoples? White people reside on their land as well, but do you think they hate snow?
Snow [in the areas and tribes to which it applies] is a very special thing. Sacred, even. It is a gift. I don’t think it’s respectful to associate it with something [in this case in which the person intends] racist and mean.
I think I can say this for all tribes that when we were young back in the days were taught about respect. Respect I believe in all tribes was extremely important. This isn’t respectful. Granted that North America’s governments and it’s employees can be [and are] corrupt and racist to First Nations in SOOO many ways.
Yes, we have been terribly mistreated and continue to be. Yes, there are some very racist Caucasian people. Yes snow is white and tends to be on the land every year. But don’t be racist back. Don’t clump in the racists altogether in with the Caucasian race as a whole, because they are not the same thing.
In order for us to heal, we need to try to get along and be kind to each other. Isn’t that what us NDN’s were taught by the grandfathers? To be kind and respectful? If we are not, then are we any better than the racists and the people who mistreat us? We have to acknowledge the past, but not forget it or let it cloud. We have to correct the racist people with dialogue and knowledge, not hate such as they had directed to us. People are being racist not always because it is in their nature; but because the real bad guys [corrupt politicians for instance] are controlling the media and making sure that nothing bad they do to us gets out, or they sugar coat it, and use propaganda for the cherry on top of the racist cupcake. Some people are dumb. Some people are ignorant. Some people are naïve, and the rest are racist. THOSE are the people who say mean things, but because they are being told the wrong things. We must be kind and correct that. TELL them what’s really going on, and then leave them alone.
I thank you for listening… I’m sorry if you’ve taken any of what I said to offense, because I know this picture wasn’t necessarily supposed to be an all-serious type of thing. It was just a joke… But this is making the rest of us look bad.
This is an important critique, I hope everybody sees it and thinks about it. How do we go about engaging with all aspects of settler colonialism in a good way? What is detrimental to peace? What do you think are the issues with the image I found online and posted, and the larger discourse it is a part of?