Saturday, March 8, 2014

Feather Headdresses and Sensitivity

   I don't see a personal need to rescue the governor from her own controversial issues, but her young daughter's aspiring efforts in fine arts are certainly worth a word of sanity against a political-correctness attack.
Christina Fallin, of the group Pink Pony
  Christina Fallin is an ambitious and dedicated artist in a pop music genre. To that end, she is promoting a new music project with a photo-shoot which includes a cultural symbol of America's great Indian territory.  She's in her mid twenties and driven to be her best.
  So when political enemies of her mother decided to pounce on the young lady as an attempt to disparage the family name, it became very transparent to many rational-thinking Oklahomans.
   Someone by the name of Ashley Greaves posted on the band’s Facebook,
“It’s amazing how many Americans still don't understand that it is very hurtful to us when non-native people play dress up or use native head dresses (or look-a-likes) for creative purposes.”
   This began a very strong debate on KRMG's website and other  media outlets and social media forums.  Beyond the obvious attempt to license the right to wear feathers on one's head, a far more dangerous message was embedded in the short complaint.
Christina & Mary Fallin
(both are native Oklahomans)
   Who are the "non-native people"? And who really is a native American?  The respected dictionaries of the English language have for centuries referred to a "native" as one who is born in the land. A native Oklahoman is one who is born in Oklahoma. It is only a certain contemporary political class who are trying to change the term into a racial group.
   Yes, most American Indians were probably born in America, but they are only a small segment of all the native Americans. The 2nd generation of German and Irish immigrants are also born here, hence; native Americans.
  The American federal & state governments officially refer to the American Indian tribes as "American Indian" That is the real ethnic distinction. even Young Christina Fallin and most journalists are deceived by this subtle subversion. In Miss Fallin's dignified and conciliatory response, she affirms the false ethnic label. Christina said she;
"felt the "deepest respect" for Native American culture and asking people to forgive her for wearing beautiful things."
public school theater arts education
  This new push to politically control the wearing of cultural costumes will likely find it's way into our public schools. Teachers may have to censor school plays and show-&-tell presentations. Children are already being disinherited of their birthright status of being a native American. words have meanings and words can bring harm.
  Then there's the issue of who owns what customs and has the right to illustrate them? Did an American Indian ever wear a cowboy hat? Can a black man ever wear a European fashion design? You can see the ridiculousness of this attempt at censorship.

Chocktaw Chief, Greenwood LeFlore
  What totally stuns the rational mind is how the black community continues to "give a pass" to Oklahoma Indian tribes who have long oppressed and abandoned the black people. Yet the urban black community still honor the racist and oppressive Indian chiefs with celebrated streets & districts named after them, like the famous Tulsa Greenwood district.
   The renown Choctaw Chief, Greenwood LeFlore was half French.  He wore a business suit and was a wealthy owner of a Mississippi cotton plantation. He owned and abused a massive number of black slaves. He was an influential Senator and close friend of Jefferson Davis (president of the Confederacy). Does any white group complain about an American Indian Chief wearing a business suit? No.

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