The guy on the left is a native. The guy on the right is a Nativist. A Stormtrumper.
A white man and an elderly Native man became pretty good friends, so the white guy decided to ask him: “What do you think about Indian mascots?” The Native elder responded, “Here’s what you’ve got to understand.”
“When you look at black people, you see ghosts of all the slavery and the rapes and the hangings and the chains. When you look at Jews, you see ghosts of all those bodies piled up in death camps. And those ghosts keep you trying to do the right thing. “But when you look at us you don’t see the ghosts of the little babies with their heads smashed in by rifle butts at the Big Hole, or the old folks dying by the side of the trail on the way to Oklahoma while their families cried and tried to make them comfortable, or the dead mothers at Wounded Knee or the little kids at Sand Creek who were shot for target practice. You don’t see any ghosts at all. Instead you see casinos and drunks and junk cars and shacks.”
“Well, we see those ghosts. And they make our hearts sad and they hurt our little children. And when we try to say something, you tell us, ‘Get over it. This is America. Look at the American dream.’ But as long as you’re calling us Redskins and doing tomahawk chops, we can’t look at the American dream, because those things remind us that we are not real human beings to you. And when people aren’t humans, you can turn them into slaves or kill six million of them or shoot them down with Hotchkiss guns and throw them into mass graves at Wounded Knee.”
“No, we’re not looking at the American dream. And why should we? We still haven’t woken up from the American nightmare.”Kent Nerburn, Neither Wolf Nor Dog
A hat tip is owed to another social internet user for putting this quote and this image together. (I first ran across the quote here -ed.) They so masterfully compliment each other that I really hope the quote is accurate, but I haven’t read that book to confirm the veracity. I did take time to track down the author of the book and link his work, as well as track down the artist for the political cartoon, and link his work as well. Due diligence is a particular obsession of mine, some of you may have noticed this about me.
I am reminded of a book I read recently, Steve Inskeep, Jacksonland, a masterful work that puts you right in the middle of the Indian Removal Act and the profits that accrued to Andrew Jackson and his friends as they stole land given to native American tribes; stole it over the objections of the Supreme Court of the time. The narrative of Jacksonland balances the views of Jackson and his cronies with the views of Jackson’s counterpart in the Native tribes, Cherokee Chief John Ross.
Andrew Jackson, who defied a direct order from the Supreme Court being the only president before Donald Trump to demonstrably commit a High Crime and not be impeached for it. We’re 2 & 0 so far.