First, the nominees:
Whopper commercial mocks Natives
Campbell Brown slams Indians
"Grey Eagle" teaches stereotypes
Aborigines wallow in garbage on "arses"
Massasoit statue in Utah
Indian princesses on Facebook
Horsing around with Horsey
"Chief Chicken Hawk" t-shirt
Fuzzy Indians in (Lil) Green Patch
Palin rap features "Eskimos"
She was obviously jumping to conclusions on the particular case and making it seem like Native Americans aren’t even fit to care for their own, and to make matters worse she put these misconceptions on the air for the entire country to see.
I also looked up the article on CNN.com. Brown said, “The law allows them to broadly declare who is Native American.”
Dishonorable mention--Chief Chicken Hawk t-shirt
Although it may not have reached as large of an audience as many of the others, 1072 of the shirts were sold in a single day, and the posts in the discussion board are equally offensive.
Also in the product description:
This shirt tells the world: “The Indians are coming home to roost.”
I like Felicia's choices. In some other month I might've gone for the Chief Chicken Hawk t-shirt as the dishonorable mention. But instead I'm going with the Massasoit statue for these reasons:
1) I think more people will see a statue in front of the Utah state capitol than a t-shirt sold online. In other words, it'll have more of an impact.
2) Although the online comments are valid supporting evidence of a stereotype's harm, we can't use them as the primary justification for a choice. Otherwise we'd have thousands of entries from thousands of ignorant individuals every month.
3) Placing a statue of a half-naked Massachusetts chief in Utah just strikes me as terribly wrong. I want to keep the pressure on these people till they get the message.
For more on the subject, see Anti-Indian Bias in 2008.
Below: The Massasoit statue in Utah.