Unfortunately, these types of discussions are very sensitive and because of the current society we live in, where you say one wrong thing and get a label, people don’t even want to engage in the conversation for fear of saying the wrong thing. I can barely even type about weight loss here without someone getting offended.
This is unfortunate because it is a conversation that needs to be had. I assume that is why you haven’t gotten much traction with this.
I don’t mind speaking my mind, as I know my feelings about fellow humans.
Regarding cultural appropriation, for the most part, I don’t agree that it is a bad thing. All cultures are appropriated. Where does it end? Is electricity white? Cars? Airplanes? Are guns chinese (since gunpowder was invented there)?
Personally, the vast majority of Native American words I see are appreciative of the skills, toughness, honor, etc of Native Americans. Apache helicopters, Kiowa, comanche, etc, all give the impression of, for lack of a better word, badassery.
What happened to Native Americans in this country is a horrible thing. My opinion, worse than the holocaust, worse than slavery. We rounded people from their homes and drove them like cattle. Killed off entire villages. Moved them into some of the worst land, all for the sake of “progress”.
That said, I don’t think it is a white vs native thing. No, it is a product of what humans can do for the sake of what they consider progress. Cause guess what? The government will STILL move you off your land today. Stop paying property taxes, try to live off the land on land you own. The government will forcibly move you. And if you fight back, you will be killed. So much for land ownership, huh?
I love my fellow humans, but get us together and we do seriously messed up stuff to each other. Even natives had slaves from other tribes. And they worked together with the europeans sometimes to take out enemy tribes.
But what to do now for Native Americans? I wish I knew. I think almost everything needs a big change about how we live as human beings.
Last words, I want you to know, that everyone I know thinks native americans are badass… and thats a fact.