August 19, 2009

Anchorage racists = "white trash"

Racial attack came from the bottom up

By Elise PatkotakThe picture from Facebook of Mr. Gum and his cohort in hate Deanna Powers shows two people who pretty much personify the words "white trash." He's shirtless; they both look pretty ripped with their 40-ounce bottles of beer. They are making gang like signs that seem a fairly pathetic imitation of black gangsta culture. Yet somehow, I'm guessing because they are white, they feel superior to any Native in this state.

Yes, that is the ultimate definition of pathetic.

So how did we end up here after all the years and all the attempts by groups in the state to bridge the divide of racial tension between Native and non-Native people? My guess is that these fine people pictured with their beer while looking fairly skanky are not the type to be going to town meetings or paying much attention to feel-good ads on TV. In fact, my guess is that there is little that can be done to open minds already slammed so shut before they are barely out of their teens.

And once again, I would posit that the reason their minds are so slammed shut has less to do specifically with Native cultures and peoples in this state and more to do with their own sense of worthlessness and despair. In order to wake up in the morning and feel good about themselves, they have to feel bad about someone else. It's that simple.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Anchorage Racists Caught on YouTube.

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