Oh, when did you write this? it's nice. I agree. It is sad to see some friends gone especially when I look at the photos from the 'happy times'. Lives lost becuase of political conflicts, frienships lost because of differences of opinions..but hopefully these friendship can be salvage and all will be good again.
You were just doing your Job!! Sometimes we don't know what we are getting ourselves into when we say "Yes".
Great exposure though, Huh?
I still Love you Saginaw!!!
Saginaw, those who feel they must pull away from us because of something they believe we did wrong are showing us how important we have been to them. That does not change overnight. As they mature in their spirituality and realize that human beings are not Gods, then they may eventually want to learn from you again.
The Indian Community has become the "Crab in the Bucket scenario" Once one person moves up and succeeds, another will pull them down, but just like you've said - If you know who your are that all that matters... Thank you my friend! :)
In case anyone's unsure, let's recall what Grant's statement is about. He participated in the worst example of racist stereotyping in recent memory. (I keep track of these things, so I know.) Many Natives, some his fellow performers, criticized him for it. I gather some even threatened him--perhaps to have him blacklisted--though I haven't seen any threats.
No one in the thread mentioned MTV, the Dudesons, or Grant's role in the show. No one explained or even mentioned the racist stereotypes. No one mentioned any of the critics or whether their criticisms might be valid.
So Grant's moving on--from the controversy he helped create. He's forgiven people--for daring to criticize him. He's sad about the lost friendships--of people who'd have to be incredibly offended to end a longtime relationship.
No admissions, no apologies, no regrets about the show--that's not what I'd call a great statement. Sounds to me like the non-apologies we get when someone famous screws up but doesn't want to admit it. I'd call it the chicken way out, but I wouldn't want to offend elders, fowls, or anybody.
I still haven't listened to Grant's radio interview on the Dudesons. I figure it would only make me angry. I'm told that he questioned the "Indianness" of anyone who challenged him. Yes, indeed, that would make angry.
But like Saginaw, I too have been involved in conflicts. I have this to say about them:
For more on the subject, see Grant Wouldn't Show Dudesons to Grandchildren and Saginaw Grant in The Dudesons.