March 09, 2007

Are Cherokees racist?

Column:  Cherokee voters say ‘yes’ to self-righteous racismIn a dangerous and grotesque turn of events, it seems the Freedmen’s blood isn’t pure enough for the Cherokee.

These are people whose ancestors were forced from their land, denied civil rights and treated as worthless dregs, unfit for life within the new society. With their stunning vote last weekend, the Cherokee have put their black and “mixed-race” brethren on a path toward the same fate. While the Freedmen are appealing the election’s results, they will soon be a people without a cultural identity, shunned by their fellow Cherokee—members of a group once proudly known as one of the Five Civilized Tribes.

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