How does it feel to be treated as a cultural artifact–or to be turned into a sports team’s mascot? Find out by reading Debbie Reese‘s fascinating contribution to the Writers Against Racism series. Here’s a glimpse:
In the United States, children are taught by well-meaning adults to love Indians, but that ‘love’ is for ‘the white man’s Indian’ — something that is a fiction created by people who are not themselves Indian. This imagery was and IS deeply entrenched in the American mind. It gets recycled year after year in children’s books. It includes love of:
1) the savage Indian who was conquered by courageous settlers,
2) the brave Indian who courageously fought but, in the end, lost to settlers,
3) the noble Indian who cared for the earth but no longer exists because his people were defeated by the settlers.
4) the beautiful Indian princess or heroine whose actions helped the settlers.