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  •  huh twisted thinking? you mean real talk (0+ / 0-)

    honesty, and transparency. the condition of first nation's people and black people are at times similar and at other times very different. oppression takes on many forms.

    re: Native Americans there are many who choose to pass for white.  This is a huge issue among native people. Tragically, the Racial State and Jim and Jane Crow America ran schools and programs--Dartmouth's being one of the most famous--to civilize and deracinate our indigenous brothers and sisters. That legacy continues today.

    I am a pretty happy guy. I hope you are trolling, but on the off chance you are serious I hope that you realize that as a person of color--and heck, if you aren't rich, the Mitt Romneys of the world have it in for you both because of your color and your class.

    •  well, I didn't write that very well (5+ / 0-)

      My writing was meant to respond the those "tragic mullatos" in the diary who make a concious decision to 'pass', not you or those who choose another path. So I'm neither trolling nor unserious. I just didn't make my point clear and hit post too soon. Here is what I wanted to respond to...

      The young tragic mulattoes on CNN understand this fact. The black people who can pass for white in Pike County, Ohio certainly understand this fact: there, one of them even states that being black in America is too difficult, and who would want to be such a thing?

      Thus, a provocative question: would any "rational" actor choose to be black (or not white) in America?

      The issue of 'passing' is a concern to us because we really need those young folks who leave the tribe. We are trying to live red in a sea of white so it's very hard to lose anyone. It's been happening at such a rate for so long we're kinda numb to it. It's very common for us to meet and talk with people who want to reconnect with their "Indian Heritage" because their folks had chosen to pass sometimes in their past. Or they were forced to do so which is another story too.

      Today most of them don't even do it by a concious choice. They just drift away, sometimes over generations. Intermarriage has taken it own toll along with adoption and child stealing. The governments "relocation" programs of the 40's -70's took a major toll on our people. We were given money and job assitance to move off the rez to cities and many were never seen at home again.

      America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

      by cacamp on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 04:00:50 PM PST

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    •  chauncy - carter (cacamp) is not trolling (1+ / 0-)
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      i realize you may not participate much in other diaries/communities here but you perhaps need an introduction

      our brother fought at Wounded Knee - and is one of the strongest anti-racist voices here at Dkos.

      jes sayin'

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      by Denise Oliver Velez on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 08:22:24 PM PST

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