Another Stereotype of the Month entry:
Correspondent KRH wrote me about the 11/17 episode of "Judge Joe Brown" on UPN. As KRH reported:
It had to do with a Native American believing that his neighbors maliciously let their dogs loose on his property because of his race. The judge told them that they needed to go to a bar have a beer and "Bury the hatchet or smoke a peace pipe or whatever it is you do."
I was not paying much attention to the show and only caught the last part of it and the racist comments made. I have sent a letter of complaint to his site and am awaiting a response. Here is what I wrote. I will keep you updated.
I am absolutely sickened at dehumanizing stereotypes and to see our own judges of the us make racist references to someone's race is absolutely appalling. The episode where her tells a group of people, at least one of whom being Native American, to "bury the hatchet or smoke a peace pipe or whatever it is you do" is racist, derogatory, and offensive. It is like someone telling Judge Joe to go pick cotton! This is a stereotype. It is not just offense towards the people in the court but to Native Americans everywhere.
Needless to say, most Natives didn't use hatchets (tomahawks) or smoke peace pipes. These are common stereotypes.
Tipis, feather bonnets, and other Native American stereotypes
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