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”…

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…

Hate Mainstream Media? Sorry, Facts Don’t Have a Liberal Bias

Retiring conservative talk show host Charlie Sykes complained that after years of bashing from the right wing, the mainstream media no longer could perform their function as reporters, observers, fact dispensers, and even truth tellers, and he said we needed them.  Like Goebbels before them, conservatives understood that they had to create their own facts,…

A List of Shots I Have Thrown Away (and One I Took)

In dueling, throwing away one’s shot meant deliberately firing into the ground.  Usually both men threw away their first shots to prove they meant business, which I find hilarious.  “You think I’m afraid to fire my pistol?  Check this out.”  BAM!  “Hole in the ground.”  Macho posturing, on the playground or the dueling ground, is…