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But my Grandpa was 1/16th Cherokee!

April 16, 2011

One of the blogs I regularly follow is Native Appropriations. Adrienne K. is the writer/blogger extraordinaire and she’s an indigenous PhD student in Boston. Adrienne posted this brilliant cartoon by adverbemonade earlier today.

What do you think of it?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Sean Gee permalink
    April 18, 2011 1:44 am

    Racism is the combination of societal power and racial prejudice or derogation. This means that a person who is not of the group with societal power (ie. White people) cannot be racist (though they can still be racially prejudice). This is the basis of what I shall call the Naive Argument of Heritage.

    1. A performance of racism is the combination of societal power and racial prejudice or derogation.
    2. Societal power (of race) is not held by racialised individuals.
    3. I am a racialised individual because of my heritage.
    4. Therefore, I cannot perform racism.

    A valid argument, however it is not sound. The third premise is not true and thus, the argument’s conclusion is not logically necessitated in any way.

    Heritage is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for being “of colour” or racialised (other than religious racialisation). Racialisation is not dependent upon self-identification based on heritage, racialisation is the societal categorization of persons with shared traits into socially constructed categories known as races in which inferior value is attributed.

  2. Chantal Shivanna Ramraj permalink
    April 19, 2011 11:15 pm

    I like it, and I think it’s a totally frustrating and valid feeling to have.
    But from a Canadian perspective it reminds me of people I’ve talked to that grumble about the benefits owed to Aboriginal peoples and say things like “Oh it’s all these people who aren’t even Aboriginal getting free stuff.”
    Well of course my answer to that person would be that to someone racialised as an Aboriginal person, what’s actually free is the racism, subjugation, and vast inequality they receive. The least we could do is honor the treaties that we signed. Of course the knee jerk reaction is going to be some over exaggeration that there will be scores of people claiming to be Aboriginal to get government benefits. Just like those so-called immigrants taking jobs. These are racist, irrational, and unequal fears to have.

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