By Gyasi Ross
I always wished that I could do that. Seriously. I just think it’s cool.
The truth is, however, that I never saw “Homerish” drinking as a child. So I never drank even when I wanted to.
That seems like a recipe for disaster.
I see that problem multiplied by a thousand on “dry rezzes.” Think about it--why should an adult, able to make their own decisions in every other capacity, be told that they cannot purchase a particular product? That seems very protective of adults who are, theoretically, able to protect themselves. Some would argue that it seems insulting, maybe even pointless. For example, resourceful Skins--as evidenced by border towns like Gallup, Whiteclay, and Hardin--are going to find some liquor if they want to find some liquor. But now, with the “dry reservation” structure, those resourceful people are going to drive to get their liquor--more drunks on the road--and possibly acquire a certain fetish with liquor. After all, it seems like taboos with no explanation creates fetish and fascination.
Just like it did with my nieces and nephews and little brother.
If your point is that "Skins" need more role models like Homer, I disagree. Homer isn't someone who drinks in moderation. He's a drunk who survives his bouts with alcoholism only because he's a cartoon character.
For another argument on the best way to handle Native alcoholism, see Whiteclay Protests Are "Wildly Ineffective." For more on the Simpsons, see Indians in The Simpsons.
Below: Homer Simpson, role model for Native drinkers.