Another Stereotype of the Month entry:
Some reactions to the cartoon:
March 08, 2004
Daily Oklahoman Cartoon: The Vanishing American
The "Vanishing American" by Ed Lange. The Daily Oklahoman. March 8, 2004.
Yes, Oklahoma is a very racist state in which to live. What they, the non-Indians, do not realize is that they made their bed. Tribes should be sovereign, but the average Oklahoman has no idea of their own history.
To compound matters, most tribal "leaders" in Oklahoma are so corrupt under the IRA govts that they too kiss the feet of the State of Oklahoma in order to get those smoke shops and bingo halls.
Things will not change as long as Indian tribes continue to use systems of govt imposed on them by the feds.
If it were up to me, and much of my family, the tribes should open casinos (class III) and smoke shops all over the place and tell the state of Oklahoma to kiss our south end.
Posted by: Johnnie at March 8, 2004 02:43 PM
Whites act like tribes are invading thier state economy and ripping off tax revenues. It's funny because back in 1900 Indian Territory tribes could've made a cartoon with an Indian person being surrounded by Wagons with oil companies, christian churches, and dirty homesteaders.
Posted by: Eric at March 8, 2004 03:56 PM
What is most disgusting about this editorial is the implication that Native People are somehow not "American."
Posted by: Michelle at March 8, 2004 05:45 PM
Ain't this something. The underlying tone of the cartoon appears to be, 'who said you Indians could have prosperity, WHO SAID? AND I WANT AN ANSWER NOW!'
Posted by: Tim at March 8, 2004 08:23 PM
Yes, indeed Oklahoma is a racist state. They tend to get mad because The Indian are making money off of their own lands. Capitalism is not that bad. But When Indians are trying to get ahead the white eyes always try to put us in our place. They are like the Romans and we are like Jesus. We get persecuted everynight and everyday of our lives from most of the white eyes in Oklahoma. If you Indians from out of state driving through, do it during the daytime because we are fairgame after the sun goes down. For reals...........
Posted by: C.M.Antelope at March 9, 2004 01:58 AM
This furthers the ignorance of the general population, The racist sterotype of the casino rich indians..Sad for us all in my opinion..Tho I am not shocked in the least bit..My family is from here and that's just the way it is..More than likely will always be...Sickening...
Posted by: Cheryl Barger at March 9, 2004 05:12 PM
"Everyone has suffered at the hands of the white man...The spirit that animates the whites is extremely restless-and powerful when it comes to keeping that restlessness alive. Wherever he goes he brings a new order, the order of unrest. It keeps him always tense and uneasy, but that is the only way he can exist. It took our community to understand this. The white man is not strong-he's scared. His whiteness is made of terror. or otherwise he would not be white. He is consumed by his terror and wrestles with it to stay alive. Until he is at peace with himself, no one around him ever will be..." Malidoma Patrice Some, healer from Burkina Faso
Posted by: Gregory E. Woods at March 9, 2004 06:17 PM
The editorial slant of the Daily Oklahoman is morally rehensible and a direct reflection of the mind-set in the state.
Have the courage of your convictions:
1. Make the Gaylord family aware, with letters to the editor, that the paper's alignment with racist attitudes is unacceptable to the citizens of Oklahoma. The press has a sacred responsibility to the public and the Gaylords violate that responsibility daily.
2. If you patonize the papers' advertisers, make these merchants aware of your outrage. Hold them accountable as part of the problem, not as contributors to the solution.
3. Ask your representatives, tribal, state and federal, how they view the Oklahoman and its' editorial point of view. REGISTER AND VOTE ACCORDINGLY.
Whining on a message board is easy...standing up for what is right is hard.
Posted by: bill hilly at March 10, 2004 01:54 PM
The message of this cartoon seems to be: "Indians are taking over the country! Non-Indians are endangered! Look out!"
Are casinos and smoke shops really equivalent to Enron, Microsoft, and Wal-Mart as threats to the American way of life? According to this cartoon, they are.
Since the cartoon singles out Indians as a problem and makes no mention of Anglo problems, it's discriminating by race. That makes it racist by definition.
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