Another Stereotype of the Month entry:
From Indianz.com, 10/1/03:
In the Hoop
We didn't see that in the campaign finance reports
"What was with Cruz Bustamante at the debate? He seemed kinda out of it, just kind of floating along. Apparently some of those Indian tribes also donated some peyote to the campaign." — Jay Leno, The Tonight Show, Monday, September 29
To Jay Leno, I have always been of the opinion that if you are not knowledgeable about a particular subject, DO NOT act as if you do. That was a very assanine comment about Cruz Bustamonte and peyote. Some of us are members of this church and I personally am very offended! I don't know what your religion is, but I feel you would NOT like it ridiculed. Shame on you.
Signed: a native american elder
Posted by Jo James at October 1, 2003 05:03 PM
The notion that Indians are equivalent to drug users because a few of them smoked pipes or used peyote is stereotypical. These were serious spiritual practices, not recreational pastimes.
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