No matter what we write, white people can turn our stories into weapons.
December 14, 2018 10:38 AM   Subscribe

Native American Lives Are Tragic, But Probably Not in the Way You Think

I believe all good stories are tragedies. I also realize outsiders see our plight differently. They see it as voyeurs, hoping to affirm something in themselves: that we are braves humiliated, or wild savages from a lost time, people who were ravaged, and what is left is only a mirror of what’s been done, a vessel for a white person’s imagination.

posted by poffin boffin (2 comments total) 37 users marked this as a favorite
This was a very powerful read. Thank you.
posted by JanetLand at 11:15 AM on December 14, 2018

Related previously: Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience.
posted by postcommunism at 9:05 AM on December 15, 2018

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