Happy holidays to you as well.
Herzlichen dank, mein fruend.
Where does that hatred even come from? That's the part I still don't get. It's not the nicknames and jokes. It's the anger and hatred of so many. Maybe it's easier to blame others instead of taking responsibility for one's own failings or difficulty. But in that case, the anger is really at themselves, and is misdirected to exterior targets. So maybe I should feel sorry for the self-delusional rather than their victims?
Some could be attributed to experience. I often support or try to champion Indian Country. I know a lot of glorious Natives that deserve celebrating, not even because they did something huge, but because they're doing life right. They live right, act right, and have resisted cultural pressures to hate English ways, or Englishers themselves. But on the inside, where I keep things hidden, I still hold a lot of anger towards my own race. Especially as a child, I was softer than any one of you here. Wide open heart. I remember being on the other rez at a playground when 4 or 5 other yutes headed my way. I was 9 or so. I got excited; someone to play with. And about the time they hit the gravel and that little tickle went off in my head, it was too late. 5 minutes later I had been restrained, strangled, beaten, and repeatedly spit in the face by my own people, for little other reason than I just "wasn't Indian enough".
I still carry that. And I do prejudge and stereotype the hell out of them. Any local event and I see a gaggle of them cuttin' it up and smoke dancin', I do wanna join. But... I just can't. It's a risk, a real risk, and I can no longer afford it. So when young women and/or little ol ladies give me the stink eye or curl a wing around their kid and draw them tight when I come through, it hurts, but I try not to judge. Who knows what terror my image awoke in them? Who knows what experience my presence reminds them off?
The rest? I'd wager more simplistic stupidity. I mean, I go off on anti-gunners all the time, because most of their stance seems to revolve 100% around what they see in the movies (not necessarily speaking of those I've argued with here). I see it plain as day, because I'm familiar with this topic, and what they say has literally no basis in reality, though does fit numerous plot lines we've all seen. And seeing this, and in looking at how much media in all forms shapes our lives, I do think some just go with their "experience", this time in quotes because it's not real "experience". I mean, everyone knows a black man in a hoody and sagging jeans is 100% a gang banger, right? /rolleyes
I can't speak for everyone or yours, but the real racists I know are cripplingly stupid. Like, literally have no ability to think, and can only parrot, or form very rudimentary, simple ideas. I can only feel sorry for these types, and whatever anger I may have is completely assuaged knowing that whatever bad I may want to do to them is completely eclipsed by the position they intentionally put themselves in.
As long as we're reviewing what terms are offensive these days, let me bounce this story off the forum for comment.
I mentioned to my son that I wanted to climb Squaw's Tit Peak in Arizona. He responded with, "The term 'squaw' has gone out of favor and is now considered an offensive." I was surprised that part of the peak's name was the offensive part.
Squaw is a real word from the Natives 'round my parts, and simply means "woman". There is nothing in the language that is offensive or insulting.
Rather, the insult came by way of time and usage. Perhaps a good comparison is the word "mathlete". I've used "mathlete" because I thought it was slick. I know the time, energy, and blood, sweat, and tears I put in to become an athlete, so when I used mathlete, it was in no way a slight and very much my intention to form a bond. A sort of "I see your success and I applaud you". It wasn't until teliot expressed umbrage and explained why he felt the way he did that I saw that side of it. The intention of the word was just as I thought, to convey a sense of respect and acknowledge that you have done something impressive. But the word was sort of co-opted by those seeking to disparage, and the word has been lost to the haters.
Squaw is just like that. It means no more or less than "woman", but after a couple hundred years of using it as a disparaging term, it's now considered a "slight" or "offense".
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