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…

Dear White People: I Want You To Come From a Place of Strength

Does the title of this post feel condescending?  Because it feels that way when it’s directed at me. Spend any amount of time on the color line and you’ll hear this, or some variation of it, that people of color need to stop seeing themselves as victims (or more often “playing the victim” because identity…

Sherman Alexie Wrote This Just for Me

The first story in Sherman Alexie’s War Dances involves a guy who tragically, accidentally, kills an intruder – a black teenager who has never been in trouble with the law.  Right wing pundits praise him for his heroism, left wing pundits cry racial bias.  Sitting at home, watching live coverage of the intruder’s family holding a vigil,…