It’s Not About The Word “Pocahontas”

It’s about the fact that this man lacks even the most basic understanding of human decency.  THAT’s what it’s about. After Donald did this today…

… Elizabeth Warren responded by saying, “It is deeply unfortunate that the President of the United States cannot even make it though a ceremony honoring these heroes without having to throw out a racial slur.” This was followed shortly by a Press Briefing where Sarah Sanders was asked the question, “[The president] referred to Senator Warren as ‘Pocahontas.’ Why does he feel the need to say something that is offensive to many people while honoring the Navajo Code Talker, these genuine American heroes?” She responded by saying, “I think what most people find offensive is Senator Warren lying about her heritage to advance her career.” And then Twitter exploded with debate over whether or not the word “Pocahontas” is a racial slur. As if that is the issue…

Which, first of all, it absolutely IS a racial slur. If someone identified as “black,” and the president didn’t think he was black enough, and gave him some flippant “Whatever, Kunta Kinte” or called her “Aunt Jemima,” it would TOTALLY be an offensive racial slur. And the reason we know this, is because there are enough black people around to make some noise when people are this colossally stupid… Unfortunately, white people have killed almost all of the Native Americans off, so there aren’t a whole lot around to make some noise. Now, when people refer to their Native American heritage, it’s usually in the 8ths or 16ths or 32nds. And sometimes those sorts of fractions are not as readily apparent.

Listen closely, white people — If you want to know if a term you are using is an offensive slur, here’s what you do: Ask members of the minority group you are offending. If you are using the R-word, and you don’t think it’s offensive… Ask people who are developmentally disabled, and those who work every day with people with special needs. If you refer to an Asian person as “Oriental” or just blanket-label every Asian person and “Chinese,” and you don’t feel like you need to change, ask a person of Asian descent in your life. And if you don’t have one of those, use the freaking internet. Chances are you don’t have a bunch of Indigenous Peoples in your life, so if you don’t think calling a Senator “Pocahontas” is offensive, LOOK IT UP. Here is a portion of what Amber Kanazbah Crotty, a member and delegate from The Navajo Nation, had to say about Donald’s garbage words and Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ shitty denial of its offensiveness:

“Today’s careless comment from President Trump is the latest example of systemic, deep-seated ignorance of Native Americans and our intrinsic right to exist and practice our ways of life. The intentional disregard of the historical trauma of Pocahontas as a sexual assault survivor directly resulting from colonization is disturbing.

The Navajo People are not strangers to the prejudice, discrimination, and marginalization perpetrated by western culture. Our woman and children are targets of violence. We must speak out against such ignorance in every instance, in hopes for a better future for our children and our land.

I must respond to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ flat-out denial of this racial slur, dismissing the tangible and egregious impact pejoratives have on Indigenous people. I must respond to President Trump’s remark today referencing Pocahontas. With due respect, it is problematic for the president to use this term in the manner we heard today. It diminishes the experience of Pocahontas and is totally inappropriate. The reckless appropriation of this term is deeply offensive and dangerous to the sovereignty and identity of our peoples. Such rhetoric is damaging, and it a serious infringement of our right to live as Native Americans.

The Navajo Code Talkers are not pawns to advance a personal grudge, or promote false narratives. Such pandering dishonors the sacrifice of our national heroes. Let me be clear, such antics do not change the fact of history. Indigenous peoples’ disparate socioeconomic issues are a direct result of this false narrative, and we cannot sit idly by as the citizens of the United States and our Indigenous children are gas-lighted from this terrible truth.

“We honor and respect the Navajo Code Talkers, and we are proud of their sacrifice. Let us not allow this display of immaturity and short-sightedness distract us from the important issues we advocate for collectively as sovereign nations on this continent, but continue to advance the cause and secure the future of Indigenous people in America.”

Later, Elizabeth Warren released THIS STATEMENT:

But again — Whether or not “Pocahontas” is a racial slur not the issue. If you are arguing over which words you get to say, you are missing the point. The battle is not over whether or not people are “allowed” to use certain words… All that will lead to is people wearing MAGA hats bringing up their “First Amendment rights” without really even knowing what the First Amendment is about (when really, the First Amendment is about preventing Congress from making a law abridging our freedom of speech). It protects against people being arrested for saying things the government doesn’t like… It does NOT protect a person from being asked tough questions about why he or she is such an asshole. And honestly, I hesitate to call the president an “asshole,” because I feel like it’s disrespectful… To assholes. I at least have *some* respect for actual anuses.

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This is how the rest of the world looks at us… The single greatest thing you can do, Donald,  if you desire to make America great again, is this: Resign.

I don’t know if Elizabeth Warren actually has Native American blood flowing through her veins. I haven’t seen her “23 And Me” results. But whether or not she is actually part Native American, or whether her family was misled, or misinformed, or misled her… Figuring this out is NOT the point. The point is this: Any person who would use a White House ceremony honoring some very old veterans to make a dig at a political rival is OBJECTIVELY a piece of trash. And not in an “I’m going to make myself feel better by calling him names” sort of way… I’m talking a scientific, PHD-level sociological study, PIECE OF ACTUAL HOT GARBAGE. It doesn’t have to be a White House ceremony (in front of a painting of ANDREW-EFFING-JACKSON, who is responsible for the Trail of Tears) — That kind of action is beneath ANYONE in a position of authority. It is beneath a break room ceremony for the Burger King employee of the month. It is something that even Steve Carell’s Michael Scott on “The Office” would look at in disgust. Anyone who doesn’t have the common sense — the simple human decency — to recognize this simple fact CANNOT be trusted to make any moral or ethical decisions. THAT’S the point.

But I don’t have to tell any of you that Donald Trump is an objective piece of trash… Those of us who are able to see it have been able to see that for a very long time. I’m not writing this to convince you of the president’s disgustingness… But still there are SO many people who don’t see it yet. I’m writing this to remind you that when you are dealing with these people — the ones who don’t see it yet — to focus on the point. Don’t get sucked into a “you don’t get to say that word,” political correctness debate, and don’t get into an argument over people’s “First Amendment rights.” Simply challenge them to consider WHAT KIND OF PERSON DOES SOMETHING LIKE THIS? And the answer, of course, is a horribly broken one. And one who is epically unfit to run a Burger King… Let alone a great nation like ours.

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