Eccentric and Bent

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I Am a Native American Woman With White Privilege


Bravo! This young lady has experienced the “light bulb” moment. While it may be uncomfortable for those with lighter skin to accept this fact of American life, this awareness is needed to truly fight for equality for all. We all have to look behind the smoke and mirrors to see that the wizard is just a man. Once we get over our awe of the system that “American Exceptionalism” created we can start to fill in the chinks that keep darker skinned folks out in the cold. This fight for equality won’t just benefit the darker folks but our entire society by allowing more ideas to be heard, by allowing more minds to be nurtured and by allowing families to add to the economic base. Examine your privilege and determine if it can be used to help us all.

First off, I think it’s important to say that I do not, and have not ever primarily identified as white. On my mother’s side, I’m Native American, enrolled in ghostmy Tribe, and, to a large extent, raised in my culture. I was born on the reservation and lived on or near reservations for much of my life. Indigenous cultural signifiers are important to me – I love Coastal designs and canoes. I love to eat Salmon, attend gatherings, and socialize at potlatches or powwows. However, due to genetics (while both my grandparents on my mother’s side are Indigenous, my grandmother is light-skinned, and my grandfather, of mixed ancestry) it so happens that I am light. Like, really light. Light as a ghost, let-me-put-my-arm-next-to-yours-and-compare-whiteness light. Some people call me glow-worm because they think I’ll be florescent under blacklights.

There are a lot of ways in which it sucks to be a…

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