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Fri, Mar. 30th, 2012, 07:24 pm
sashajwolf: Welshman claims to be Apache

A man on trial in Swansea, Wales, for illegally possessing badger paws and eagle wings is claiming as part of his defence that he is "a member of a Native American Apache tribe" and "lives with these communities in summer". It seems he's appropriated the name of Mangas Coloradas, who was an important tribal chief in the 19th century.

I first got linked from Twitter to this version of the story, which says that the US Government refused to let him join a reservation in 1997. Can't imagine why not. He is also quoted as saying "we Natives don't believe in letting anything go to waste". Ugh. (The Mail has a very poor reputation, though, so it's always possible that the quote is made up.) Other sources for the story:

HuffPo
This is South Wales
Mirror

Thu, Feb. 16th, 2012, 05:12 pm
freelark: Shit White People Say to People of Color

"The Shit Girls Say" meme may have had some not-so-good origins, but Franchesca Ramsey changed that when she made "Shit White Girls Say . . . to Black Girls" to expose some of the microaggressions black women deal with on a regular basis. (Thea Lim and Tami Winfrey Harris have written more about the sequence of events.)

Here is a round-up of some of the anti-oppressive "Shit Girls Say" videos I have found; each features a person of color giving us a glimpse into hir world.

Here is the original and its sequel:

Shit White Girls Say . . . to Black Girls

Shit White Girls Say . . . to Black Girls: 2

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Does anyone have more?

Tue, Jan. 3rd, 2012, 09:24 pm
nicoli_dominn: This Voting Rights Spiel Keeps Getting Hairier

Tennessee GOP-drawn redistricting plan could cost Dems nine seats, officials say

Because I'm kind of n00b when it comes to the more detailed Voter Rights Laws, I couldn't explain to you how this is screwed up. I just know it is, as, apparently, does the author of the article. (Sher doesn't exactly display bias here, but the fact that he was paying close attention to race matters while reporting on the possible redistricting shows he is skeptical of Republican motive, I think.)

Fri, Dec. 30th, 2011, 07:01 pm
annwfyn: PoC Cinderella movie

I found this on youtube while roaming today.

http://youtu.be/V6xKT9rq-i8

Someone has uploaded the whole of the 1997 version of Cinderella with Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as the Fairy Godmother. I thought that it might be a worthwhile resource for some people, especially parents. I know that I spent ages ago looking for non-white portrayals of traditional fairy stories heroines for my goddaughter a while ago, and this was recommended but I couldn't find it at the time.

It is kinda crazily race-blind - Prince Charming is Filipino, his father is White and his mother is African-American - but that comes across as part of the fairytale feel of the whole thing. It's also got some really fun songs.

Anyway, I thought this might be of interest.

Thu, Dec. 22nd, 2011, 07:46 pm
freelark: Trans People of Color's Oppression

fire_fly once noted that white women's oppression plus men of color's oppression does not equal women of color's oppression. It is also the case that white trans people's oppression plus cis people of color's oppression does not equal trans people of color's oppression. The following comes from Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey:

NIMH [The National Institute for Mental Health] also reports that generally African-Americans, Latino/ as and Asians have much lower suicide rates than whites and American Indians; our sample [of transgender individuals] showed a different pattern of risk for suicide by race, with Black and Latino/a respondents showing dramatically elevated rates in comparison to their rates in the general population.

In fact, while 38% of the white transgender respondents reported having attempted suicide (which is already quite alarming, considering that only 1.6% of the general population in the US reports having attempted suicide), among the respondents of any of the other racial/ethnic groups listed (American Indian, Asian, Latino/a, White, and Multiracial) the percentage was higher.

In regards to suicide and other important matters the Black respondents faced oppression so much greater than the others that the organizations conducting the survey wrote a separate detail elaborating on their experiences, which can be found here:

Detail on the Black Respondents

Thu, Dec. 1st, 2011, 04:15 pm
teaberryblue: Kentucky Church Bans Interracial Couples from Participating in Worship

A small Kentucky church has voted to ban interracial couples from participating in worship services (with the exception of funerals) after a white former church member invited her black fiance to sing with her at the church.

"...the Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church does not condone interracial marriage. Parties of such marriages will not be received as members, nor will they be used in worship services and other church functions, with the exception being funerals. All are welcome to our public worship services. This recommendation is not intended to judge the salvation of anyone, but is intended to promote greater unity among the church body and the community we serve."

Article Here
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Thu, Nov. 24th, 2011, 05:36 pm
alephz: Deconstructing the Thanksgiving Myth

I don't know if it's been posted before but I came across this and thought I'd share it with everyone.

Deconstructing the Myths of "The First Thanksgiving"

Just a little food for thought.

Mon, Nov. 21st, 2011, 01:33 pm
smashboredom: Debunking help, Native Americans, "joke."

Okay, email forward, so brace yourself.
On a recent trip to the United States , Tony Blair, Ex. Prime Minister of the UK , addressed a major gathering of Native American Indians. He spoke for almost an hour on his plans for a Carbon-Trading Tax for the UK and Europe At the conclusion of his speech, the crowd presented him with a plaque inscribed with his new Indian name - Walking Eagle. A very chuffed Tony then departed in his motorcade, waving to the crowds. A news reporter later asked one of the Indians how they came to select the new name given to Tony Blair They explained that Walking Eagle is the name given to a bird so full of shit that it can no longer fly.
My first reaction upon reaching the end was that I was glad it wasn't something worse (privilege?) I have an idea of what is wrong with this joke, but I wanted to be able to articulate it better, so wondered what others here thought.

The concept that Native Americans just give out names willy-nilly, not to mention "funny" ones. It's obscured because in the story the Native Americans are making fun of Blair (which should be a global pastime), but to a white outsider it does seem to perpetuate the idea that all those names Native Americans have are amusingly descriptive and straightforward (totally unlike the origin of Smith, of course).

This email has probably been tampered with to reflect a person and a policy that somebody hates. But the annoying thing is that European politicians probably should be going around informing indigenous people of the ways in which they intend to not continue their colonial legacy of dumping their problems overseas (eg. carbon emissions) (well or by less carbony video conference where appropriate).

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