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OK, Donald: Our Obsession with Elizabeth Warren on Behalf of Native Folks (And lack of awareness of candidates’ Tribal Policies).

Dear Non-Native Folks,

Your criticism of Elizabeth Warren on Native folks’ behalf is distracting and harmful if you’re not actually looking at candidates’ Tribal Policies or listening to and uplifting Native voices (within and beyond the Cherokee Nation).  And feels a bit missionary.  

I’m not even actually sure what you are doing that the president you want out of office didn’t already do himself on Twitter.

It happened. Colonialism and all of its narratives are tricky as fuck. It’s been addressed. It’s still problematic and still requires un and re-learning. It won’t be forgotten.

But re-sharing (often racist and harmful)  memes that might as well be the president’s Tweets and outdated news articles as further evidence of something that was not denied, but rather owned in problematic ways followed by an entire acknowledgement and apology tour through Indian Country makes you look foolish.  

Check out some Indian news sources.

Share those links if you’re still angry and want to do something about it.  Be careful not to confuse criticism of the harm Warren caused as any candidate’s endorsement.  I’m just going to let you know now that most of what you’ll find is focused on other issues, not white-centered media buzz. And not settler-colonial politics.

My brother’s hesitation

the sudden hesitation in my brother’s voice when he is telling me about loving women

the way he would talk to my other brothers about women

the way he talks to his friends

“I can’t talk to you about this, it’s weird.”

we dance around my sexuality as if it’s the thing always making everything weird

a women loving woman

Woman

and suddenly he realizes that I am a woman

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.                                            what’s weird for him is that he respects me