Where Native America meets pop culture
Writerfella here -- Who is this person? Whomever they are, they write like writerfella! Omigosh, writerfella's in love! Let us know who it is, and we will arrange for several warm showers together, and lots of slow, rewarding massages... writerfella is serious. And why not?All Best Russ Bates'writerfella'
"...people of color...."I thought colored people was not a good thing to say anymore, and I have yet to meet an invisible person.
Kai Chang is an Asian American activist and an occasional visitor to this blog."People of color" is still in vogue, I believe, but not "colored people." Can't you see how different these phrases are?Just kidding a little there. I'm not into political correctness--despite what critics of this site sometimes claim--unless it happens to be correct. For instance, I still say "black" rather than "African American" most of the time. If you ask me, the black/white parallelism is good and useful.And I've always used "Indian" and "Native American" interchangeably. I don't presume one term is more "correct" than the other. I tend to use "Indian" in informal situations and "Native American" in formal ones. That approach works well for "black" and "African American," too.
Writerfella here -- "Indian" is the U.S. Government's legal term for the Natives of this continent, as established in the Declaration of Independence and in the Constitution of the United States. Thus, it will remain the term that most people use, despite the fact that Columbus did not find "India" when he came to the islands in the Caribbean. Even those became the 'West Indies' for the same reason. 'Native American' is not an ideal term either, as the Natives here long preceded Amerigo Vespucci from which the term 'America' derives. writerfella has created the term 'NovaMundians' in several of his short stories, as we were 'New World Man' first and foremost. In time, perhaps, the words may change, it is to be hoped...All BestRuss Bates'writerfella'
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