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I was going to try and write something yesterday about Indigenous Peoples Day, Columbus Day, whatever you want to call it. But … I had the day off and my wife had the day off, which means my wife bossed me around all day. She didn’t really, but that’s what we say, isn’t it?
I have a lot to say. But I also have a bit of a lazy bone, so I haven’t coalesced what I have to say in a thoughtful, erudite post. Instead, I’ll provide you with a few things my card-carrying Native American wife said to me. Now, it should be noted: One of the things she said to me this morning is “I hate it when you call me a card-carrying Native American. It irritates me.” I responded that I had literally spent a fair bit of time thinking about why I say that. It started out sort of as a joke, but I realize why I really say it. See, my wife doesn’t look Native American. She looks more like her dad’s family, it being from Ireland. Sometimes I’ll see her mom in a look, but not often. If I said to someone, “My wife is Native American,” some folks would say she’s not Native American enough because of how she looks. And this gets at the heart of why identity politics are so divisive and destructive. Identity politics seek to ascribe to certain people an identity that should not only inform their political worldview but also give credence to or take credence from that worldview. If you are a man, your opinion on abortion is suspect. If you are a woman, then your opinion is beyond question. Unless it’s the wrong opinion. But I digress. The point is that my wife is an enrolled tribal member, she grew up on the rez, she owns property on the rez, she works now for tribal government, she has a degree in tribal government from the tribal college on the rez. She’s Native American. So, in the world of identity politics, her opinion on these sorts of things should be beyond question. Except in her case, she hasn’t the right opinions.
So, what did my wife say to me? Here are a few tidbits:
“The problem is that Native Americans have been so brainwashed by progressives that they literally oppress themselves.”
“There is no organization more oppressive to Native Americans than tribal governments.”
“If people want to process their white guilt, they should stop doing it on the backs of my people.”
“The real problem is that the work ethic of the previous generations hasn’t been passed on to the current generations. They all want a handout.”
“All of the progressive ideas out there are implemented on the rez. There’s your real oppression.”
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