women and men are equal

Yes. All Men.

People call rape an epidemic in Indian Country but that word choice has never sat well with me. The rape of First Nations women – disproportionate to their population and far outweighing every other ethnicity, with a shocking 80% intra-racial rate – is a direct result of the genocide committed against the Native population of…

Take the Knee

I spend a lot of time on #BlackTwitter, #FeministTwitter, #LGBTQIA, #MuslimTwitter, and #SocialistTwitter learning from voices who are marginalized by the American Experiment (I spend a fair amount of time learning on #NativeTwitter as well, but I’d like to think I also offer some education in that area). This advice on how white men can…

On Native American Slavery

In my last post I called Native American slave ownership “settler nonsense”. Allow me to clarify, I understand that according to Wikipedia the Five Civilized Tribes practiced slavery. These are the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole. There are currently 566 federally-recognized First Nations in the U.S. If five of those 566 tribes practiced slavery then…

#NativeTwitter vs. #BlackTwitter: Chocolate Pocahontas

    “only concerned ’bout the ones in my circle / I give zero fucks ’bout the rest.” -Omerettà the Great, For What This month when rapper, songwriter, and model Omerettà The Great posted a photo array on Twitter that she dubbed “Chocolate Pocahontas,” she unwittingly stepped into a war that Native women fight daily. The “Princess Pocahontas”…

On Sherman Alexie and Testicles

In between Sherman Alexie’s reading at Books & Books and his reading at Palmer Trinity the next day, he won the National Book Award for Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.  I worked both events just to be close to him. I couldn’t speak a word to the man. Then I attended a trade…

Enough with Mediocrity, Already

Last night on Dancing with the Stars, journeyman baseball player David Ross beat the most decorated American gymnast in history, Simon Biles, by scoring 34/40 and 36/40 in two dances.  Ross had the lowest scores of the night; Biles had two perfect scores.  But America had spoken, and they preferred Ross’s “aw, shucks” tenacity to…