So I’ve posted a lot here about the history of the local Native Americans, their experiences during the settlement period, and the racism that unfortunately still exists.
Fortunately, most Native Americans don’t focus on the negative and even find a way to laugh at the ignorance and racism of others. My husband is a member of the Yurok Tribe and recently received the following in a little newsletter from the Yurok Indian Housing Authority.
Top ten things Native Americans should say to “white” people…
10. How much white are you?
9. I’m part white myself, you know.
8. I learned all your people’s ways in the “Boy Scouts”
7. My great-grandma was a full-blooded white American princess
6. Funny, you don’t look white.
5. Where’s your powdered wig and knickers?
4. Do you live in a covered wagon?
3. What’s the meaning behind the square dance?
2. What’s your feeling about Las Vegas Casinos? Do they really help your people or are they just a short-term fix?
1. Hey, can I take your picture?