All the people reading my posts on here, please pay attention to my last one with not only an apology but agreeing with you. Didn't appreciate receiving tons of messages with people telling me to get my "fat ass" over it and other uncalled-for physical insults. There's no need for arguments, that's just a bit low, for someone who's on YOUR side. Good luck with this tumblr, I'm sure a lot more people will become aware <3
jesus christ people what did I tell you about harassing people on anon.
I’m very, very sorry if people were dicks to you like that. I condone education, not harassment.
I do understand where you're coming from and you're point of views, I'm not even disagreeing with you. Even in my last post I said that I understand what you're doing. I apologise if my costume for a themed party offended you, until knowing about this tumblr I had no idea about it all. I would have been happier if I had of been able to find out in a different way however rather than having some random repost a photo of myself to use as an example, im sure others agree with that.
I appreciate your willingness to admit you didn’t know better.
I think that girl should understand where Natives are coming from. I believe she should understand our standpoint in this. As a Navajo woman, I'm terrified to walk around alone,anywhere. Why? Because people romanticized and sexualized the image of the Native American woman. Men in today's society believe all Native woman still walk around in loin clothes and skimpy clothing. I'm absolutely terrified to go anywhere alone because of this. So please, if you don't want that happeneing to you, stop.
I would also appreciate not being made fun of all the time either. It’s ridiculous how many times a day I get picked on because of the stereotypes.
I understand what you're trying to do here but none of these photos you have posted have been created to try and trigger a racial argument. You're the one creating the arguments yourself. You've posted a picture of my friend and I who were dressed up as Indians for a dress-up party and to try and make a fool out of us you add some sort of caption, I dont feel foolish at all, it was all in good fun. You're making a fool of yourself and going about this the wrong way completely.
So if I dress up like this or this or this, it’s okay as long as I tell everybody it was just for funsies? No, it’s not.
Of course you didn’t take that picture to start a racial argument. When you dress up like a racist stereotype, your intent is completely irrelevant. If you don’t want people to start racial arguments with you, stop doing racist things. It’s really not that complicated. If you’re unsure why dressing up like an “Indian” for a costume party is offensive, you can start here and here and here.
A lot of people think my blog is foolish, but many many more have messaged me to thank me for what I do here. I don’t intend on stopping anytime soon.
As members from an oppressed group we have the ability to question people who claim our identity. We have been oppressed and we have dealt with unique issues because of our ethnicity. We face issues every day because of who we are and where we come from.
To claim our identity as your own is…
This is a great read. As a very, very white-looking half-native person who tries her damnedest to be aware of her racial privileges, it’s frustrating to hear people use their Cherokee great great grandparent as an excuse to appropriate and pull racist shit.
I'd appreciate it if you would take my picture down. Me, posting that of my boyfriend and I, was just for halloween. If you have a problem with that, instead of hating on all these people for simply "dressing up", why don't you file a complaint to the state about how racist and stereotypical we are being? :) it's just a thought to help yourself out. Do you do nothing but look for people and assume things? Maybe I am native american, but you wouldn't know that, now would you.
"File a complaint to the state." Well that’s a new one!
I have never been considered a hipster and if you knew me in person I’m sure you’d all agree.
I have a purely innocent obsession with Native American life, culture, and style; to the point at which I believe I was a Native in my past life. I love everything about their ways of life now and in the past, everything they stand for, and the respect they have for the world.
I had just recently come across a few memes you depicting all the hate and anger the Native population has towards the pictures of obviously white/european people in headdresses and face paint, for being racist towards the Native American culture. As ignorant as it sounds I was shocked these photos could be taken as an insult… Here I am re-blogging them thinking they’re all so creative and beautiful and supporting a culture i love, not knowing that these very pictures had been taken offensively.
The point of this post is just for me to apologize for taking part/ encouraging (in a way) the ‘hipsters’ to continue they’re racism I will do my best to avoid re-blogging pictures of this nature, although I cannot make promises it won’t happen.
I believe the best way anyone of any culture could look at these pictures is to just take it all in as a compliment; They obviously like the way the Native culture is and are trying to be a part of it, unaware of how their actions can be interpreted.
That’s my take on the whole thing— Sorry for the rant.
If people want to love and show appreciation for native cultures, they can start by taking 10 minutes to educate themselves on what is and isn’t seen as offensive.
Your apology is well-meaning, but the italicized part is problematic. Stereotypes are never a compliment, no matter how much the person participating in them intends them to be.
1. Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often. The Great Spirit will listen, if you only speak.
2. Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path. Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that they will find guidance.
3. Search for yourself, by yourself. Do not allow others to make your path for you. It is your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.
4. Treat the guests in your home with much consideration. Serve them the best food, give them the best bed and treat them with respect and honor.
5. Do not take what is not yours whether from a person, a community, the wilderness or from a culture. It was not earned nor given. It is not yours.
6. Respect all things that are placed upon this earth - whether it be people or plant.
7. Honor other people’s thoughts, wishes and words. Never interrupt another or mock or rudely mimic them. Allow each person the right to personal expression.
8. Never speak of others in a bad way. The negative energy that you put out into the universe will multiply when it returns to you.
9. All persons make mistakes. And all mistakes can be forgiven.
10. Bad thoughts cause illness of the mind, body and spirit. Practice optimism.
11. Nature is not FOR us, it is a PART of us. They are part of your worldly family.
12. Children are the seeds of our future. Plant love in their hearts and water them with wisdom and life’s lessons. When they are grown, give them space to grow.
13. Avoid hurting the hearts of others. The poison of your pain will return to you.
14. Be truthful at all times. Honesty is the test of ones will within this universe.
15. Keep yourself balanced. Your Mental self, Spiritual self, Emotional self, and Physical self - all need to be strong, pure and healthy. Work out the body to strengthen the mind. Grow rich in spirit to cure emotional ails.
16. Make conscious decisions as to who you will be and how you will react. Be responsible for your own actions.
17. Respect the privacy and personal space of others. Do not touch the personal property of others - especially sacred and religious objects. This is forbidden.
18. Be true to yourself first. You cannot nurture and help others if you cannot nurture and help yourself first.
19. Respect others religious beliefs. Do not force your belief on others.
20. Share your good fortune with others. Participate in charity.
This is such a bunch of BS I don’t even know where to begin. 50 million people have the same code of ethics? Okay.
This is the Netherlands entry to the Eurovision this year. This is what she said when asked about the headdress. "I wore the Native American headdress because I used to dress up as an Indian as a child with the boy this song is about. I have beautiful memories about these particular moments, so the headdress was a symbol that you always carry your memories with you. I have respect for the Native American culture and I would never wear anything to offend anyone."
Oh sweet, more “I didn’t INTEND to be offensive so it’s no biggie” crap. -k
people throwing fits about a supposedly racist photo of a girl in a cheesy Pocahontas costume holding her hawk. It’s old. Really, please make it stop. You cannot be accidentally racist. It doesn’t work that way. The girl was not attacking anybody in her picture - she just loves her hawk.
Can we move on?
"You cannot be accidentally racist." Are you shitting me? Yes. You. Can. Racism isn’t just blatant wingnut Stormfront neonazis.
“People say that Indians have bigger problems than mascots and the use of Native American images, but I disagree. If you can’t see me as an individual, then how can you understand the problems we have as a people? We have taken much heat, and the backlash has been tremendous, but we can take it. If our children do not have to endure the insults we have endured, then our efforts will have been worth it.”—
white person:hey its not bad if we share from other cultures. it's not really stealing... we're embracing each others cultures you know? give me that feathered war bonnet, who cares if my ancestors killed all ya'll ... that's in the past, yolo. let be wear that bindi on my for head. nasteme I am now a HIndu convert. My first tatto will be genesh on my thigh b/c yolo i'm hindu now. I'm probably going to get dreads too, at some point. i want to wear a kimono at my wedding, and henna on my hands