November 27th, 2017

[Updated at 0440 on 29 November—Michael Harriot, writing in Why Calling Elizabeth Warren ‘Pocahontas’ Is Racist, Explained for The Root, explains:

But why is this racist?

Because calling someone by a stereotypical name that is not their own because of their alleged ethnic or racial background is racist. If someone called me “Leroy,” I’m fighting. Well, I’m over 40 now, so I probably wouldn’t fight them, but I’d want to.*

*Please don’t hold me to the “I probably wouldn’t fight … ” part of that statement. I try to take the high road, but when they go low, I go high. And by “high” I mean the punches to the throat or jaw area.

It’s as if Trump went to a Holocaust survivors’ memorial and reminded them that they weren’t the only ones who were murdered, or went into a room filled with Jews and said, “Hey, I like the Jews! My daughter had sex with one!” (Bad examples. He actually did both of those things.)

But here is the biggest reason Trump’s nasty nickname is racist: because Native Americans said so.

In May the National Congress of American Indians said in a statement: “The name of Pocahontas should not be used as a slur, and it is inappropriate for anyone to use her name in a disparaging manner.”

After the incident Monday, NCAI President Jefferson Keel, a U.S. Army officer and Vietnam War veteran, stated: “We regret that the president’s use of the name Pocahontas as a slur to insult a political adversary is overshadowing the true purpose of today’s White House ceremony.”

Yeah, see that’s what racist don’t get. The people you’re being racist to/about get to set the bar. Not you. Deal.]

Or watch House of Cards

Lauren Gambino, reporting in Trump makes ‘Pocahontas’ joke at ceremony honoring Navajo veterans for The Guardian, writes:

Addressing Native American veterans, Trump repeated a favorite taunt about Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren, a political opponent who he refers to derisively as “Pocahontas”.

“You were here long before any of us were here,” Trump said, speaking to the veterans from a podium placed in front of a portrait of US president Andrew Jackson. “Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas.”

That I would for the briefest moment think, It could have been worse, he might have said that he was a Redskins’ fan or made the tomahawk chop, shows just how horrible this event really was.

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