September 05, 2006

Oprah stereotypes Indians

Oprah visits Navajo Nation and demands to see a powwow


Rob said...

As far as I know, I'm pure white. Of course, the further back you go, the more unlikely that becomes, biologically and statistically speaking. It would be fascinating to find a black or an Indian in my family tree.

It's good of Tiger Woods to acknowledge his multiple roots. But he hasn't always been perfectly attuned to cultural sensitivities. According to Wikipedia:

In 1997, a GQ article portrayed Woods as using profanity and telling racist and sexist jokes.

Shortly after winning the Masters in 1997, Woods declined an invitation from then United States President Bill Clinton to attend a ceremony at Shea Stadium honoring baseball great Jackie Robinson, who had broken the color barrier in baseball 50 years earlier.

In 2006, following the US Masters, Woods referred to himself as a 'spaz' in a post-tournament interview, in reference to his putting during the tournament. While the comment brought little notice in the United States, he was criticized for his use of the word spaz, particularly outside of the United States, where the word has a more negative connotation, including by Paralympian Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson.

Rob said...

It's not just the characters in Wizard of ID who are ignorant. Writer Johnny Hart has paraded his ignorance of Native people in B.C., the other strip he writes.

He also takes a pro-Christianity position, implying other religions are inferior. See
Native Comic Strips vs. Comic Books
for examples.