The closest most non-American Indians have ever come to connecting emotionally with a Native culture was during a viewing of Pocahontas.
I know, sheâ€™s caricature and not a real Native American, but thatâ€™s exactly my point. Theyâ€™ve been so marginalized in our society that all we know of them mostly consists of racist stereotypes and animated Disney characters. And when someone says thereâ€™s something wrong with them, we think, â€œWhatâ€™s the problem.â€
The same scratching of the head occurs when we think of the racial slur â€œRedskin.â€