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…

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”…

Showrooming: Not Just for Barcodes Anymore

Oh, those folks who roam from shelf to shelf with their smartphones, finding what they want and scanning barcodes to see where they can find it cheapest.  They dart between the stacks, strenuously avoiding eye contact, knowing they are doing you a disservice but putting it out of mind by not actually speaking to a…

Indie Booksellers: This is What We’re Up Against

Steven Rosenbaum’s bedside lamp broke so he bought a cheap replacement on Amazon.  The lamp wasn’t quite right so he returned it, became overwhelmed with the number of online choices, and decided to visit a store nearby for help.  The salesman at Lighting by Gregory finds the exact lamp Rosenbaum needs but alas, it’s out of stock and…