Three stories that appeared yesterday demonstrate America's profound racism against Indians. These stories suggest that:
Indians have no 1st Amendment rights
Indians are the biggest freeloaders
Indians are anti-American terrorists
These comments were made by the US government and two major media figures, not by anonymous bloggers or trolls. How often do you see equally significant claims against other minorities? Once every few weeks? And how often do you see three such claims in the same day? Never, in my experience.
Yet here we are with three anti-Indian claims. Any two of them might apply to blacks, Latinos, Jews, or Muslims. But all three? I've never seen a bigger one-day onslaught that applied to one minority only.
That alone is enough for me to declare a winner of the perennial "Oppression Olympics." If there was any doubt, there isn't any longer. Alas, American Indians and Alaska Natives have "won."
Millions of examples
These postings are the proverbial tip of the iceberg. Every day millions of fans cheer stereotypical Indian mascots: the Washington Redskins, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Blackhawks, FSU Seminoles, UND Fighting Sioux, et al. Tens of thousands of corporate logos and advertisements, statues and paintings, and movies and TV shows proclaim that all Indians are "chiefs" or "braves." Thousands of children, party goers, and hipsters dress up as faux Indians for educational or entertainment purposes.
No other minority faces anything remotely like this. If you disagree, show us the evidence. Show us millions of sports fans cheering Uncle Tom or Aunt Jemima. Show us tens of thousands of corporate logos, statues and paintings, and movies and TV shows portraying blacks as grinning idiots who love watermelon. Show us thousands of children, party goers, and hipsters dressing up as minstrel-style buffoons.
And do all this not 50 years ago, not 10 years ago, but today. Because these millions of examples confront Indians today, in 2011, and every single day. Millions of examples...every single day.
Get the message yet?
For those of you who haven't gotten the point, pay attention. I'm not saying this is an actual competition with a certifiable winner. I'm commenting on the predilection of everyone--even liberal racial advocates--to ignore the plight of Indians. If you care about prejudice against blacks, Latinos, Asians, Muslims, or gays but don't see the rampant prejudice against Indians, you're missing the forest for the trees. Why ignore such blatant examples of racism and stereotyping when they only bolster your case?
Repeat: Our culture and our media broadcast literally millions of examples of anti-Indian words and images every day. If you don't care about racial issues, that's your prerogative. But if you do care, stop focusing only on black/white issues. Start addressing the oldest and arguably worst case of prejudice in America: the prejudice against Indians.
For more on the subject, see Racist Cupcakes vs. Chiefs and Rob Plays "Oppression Olympics"?