Last time I wrote, I talked about the hypocrisy of being pissed about the Redskins name (and boy did I get ripped apart on Facebook). That was largely prompted by the research I was doing for an article I helped write for DREAM — while we’re arguing about a professional football team, Native American women are suffering from the highest rates of sexual assault in the nation. Did you know when it is hunting season, there are higher rates of rape and prostitution, because no one has jurisdiction to prosecute the perps? Here’s an excerpt from the article:
As the NFL scandals keep breaking and a greater degree of attention is placed on violence against women, it is my hope that groups which do not get much attention in this conversation are brought more to the forefront: Native American and immigrant women, two groups who not only face the usual obstacles of shame and other social pressures to reporting sexual assault, but also institutional ones that have been placed on them by our government. Although there are ways to address this, the same political cowardice that leads Congress to take a break when they should be voting on whether or not we go to war has been controlling the debate on sexual assault and women’s rights.
When the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) went up to be renewed, politicians like Marco Rubio (R-FL) filibustered it, claiming he had problems with issues of sovereignty with Native American tribes, as well as immigration visas for women. When Marco Rubio was filibustering, he claimed one of his main concerns was relinquishing jurisdiction for crimes committed by non-Indians to Indian tribal courts. In reality, he was needlessly extending the suffering of Native women — women who are primarily victimized by non-Indians. Native American women are victims of sexual assault at rates of over four times the national average and 80 percent of the perpetrators aren’t Native American. In fact, 75 percent of those living on reservations in the United States are non-Indian — a fact that Rubio and his cohorts must not have researched when they cited concerns over non-Indians being subjected to all-Native juries.
Newsflash: No one actually gives a shit about racism against Native Americans. People are jumping on the anti-Redskins bandwagon and crying about how offensive the term is, and then ignoring all of the other incredibly offensive things Americans do to Native Americans. If you’re actually offended by the term, you need to demonstrate that by doing more than hating an already largely hated sports team. It’s easy to dislike a football franchise from another city, but it’s more difficult to actually want to change things you like or policies that are inherently racist.
Remember when Etsy decided to ban everything Redskins? From their blog:
You may have been following the struggle of one ethnic group that has made a lot of headlines lately: Native Americans and their fight against the Washington, D.C. professional football team name and mascot, which they have long considered offensive, disparaging, and racist….We understand that fans wish to support their favorite football team, and we do not believe that fans who are attached to the mascot have any racist feeling or intent. We also understand that some fans view the name and mascot as an homage to Native Americans, and we do not doubt their noble intent, but the fact remains that Native Americans themselves find the term unacceptable.
I find it incredibly hypocritical that the same people crying over the Redskins take the time to celebrate Thanksgiving every year. Do you know how you feel about going around the table and saying what you’re thankful for? That nice fuzzy feeling of tradition and happiness? That’s what all of those Redskins fans feel 16 days a year. Do you protest Columbus Day as an official holiday on the calendar? If not, get your shit together before you start protesting FedEx and every other brand affiliated with the Skins.
I guess I can go to Redskins games when I’m home in DC, and then assuage my white guilt by gambling at WinStar when I’m home in Dallas.
Today Southwest unveiled their new logo, which is a simple and cute little heart. I took some pics of it (and of me on the plane), so here you go. I fly them on Friday…maybe this will make me like them better than US? The heart is supposed to represent their core.
I haven’t been writing much, and that’s mostly because I’ve been busy working on the online dating book I’m trying to write.
What kind of online dating book, you ask?
The kind that talks about how terrible it can be! As an example of how creepy people can be in text messages, here are some texts from someone I met on Craigslist as a potential roommate situation. Notice the years on the time stamps. I often forget we didn’t meet online dating — and that we never met offline at all (thank god). This (and too many dick pics — thanks OKCupid!) is why I use Google Voice.
I’m not waiting until Thursday for tbt, because I do what I want –especially when I’m pissy. I really need some fucking Adderall but my health insurance quote is almost $300 a month and doesn’t cover ANYTHING until I spend $6,000, so I’m uninsured. I’ll go to the doctor in the next week or two out of pocket, but until then — I’m grumpy and ADD.
A few months ago the White House had a contest to select the best gif to make millennials sign up for ACA as part of their #GetCoveredNow campaign. They were awful, so I helpfully made some new ones…but they didn’t add mine. Go figure.
The White House ones said things like “You only YOLO once” or had young adults doing stupid shit and getting hurt. I highly encourage you to go look at them all and wonder why they apparently let someone over 55 design these.
Last week I wrote about the shooting of Kajieme Powell. Immediately after I watched the video, I started searching to see if I could find anyone else saying what I was thinking — that his actions were intentional, deliberate, and premeditated. That his actions were those of a martyr. At the time, I found nothing. Now, I’m finding a few people saying what I said– but I have to really search for it.
Someone linked me to this, which I highly recommend you listen to. I was also linked to this Facebook.
What the fuck is wrong with us? This might be the most important thing to happen in the movement that’s coming from the Brown shooting. There’s no arguing here about whether or not Powell charged at the cops. This is clear and simple, exactly as it was meant to be.
In about half an hour there will be a vigil for Mike Brown. Ferguson is still talked about, Brown is still commanding national attention. So what do we have to do to bring attention to Powell? Does anyone have any contact information for anyone who knew him? How do we move on from the idea that this was a suicide?