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Ruth Hopkins: Elizabeth Warren is counting coup on Donald Trump






YouTube: Local ND reporter calls out Trump’s racist attack on Native Americans

Writer and activist Ruth Hopkins (Sisseton Wahpeton / Mdewakanton Dakota / Hunkpapa Lakota) just might adopt Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) because Warren is the only high-profile politician calling out Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his racist and misogynistic attacks:
For those of you who aren’t Twitter savvy, the Donald and Senator Warren have been engaged in a Twitter War for the past month.

Few of her position and stature have had the courage to stand up to Trump. For this reason, Senator Warren is being singled out for ridicule.

Donald questions Senator Warren’s bloodlines, but whether or not she is actually Native is besides the point. The fact that the mere possibility that she may possess Native ancestry makes her a target for racial attack by Trump says everything we need to know about him.

Let’s be clear: Donald Trump isn’t calling Senator Warren “Pocahontas” to honor her. He is using it in a derogatory manner, to belittle and insult her. This is what he thinks of Native people and women in general. Such statements are not only arrogant, they’re misogynistic and racially charged.

Contrary to Hollywood lore and textbook mythology, Pocahontas wasn’t a buxom NDN Princess built for sex who couldn’t wait to help the white man defeat her brutish Tribesman. Pocahontas was a little girl who first met John Smith around age 11. She was kidnapped, held hostage, imprisoned, and raped by European invaders who only released her when she agreed to marry one of her English captors. She was then promptly carted off to Europe as an example of what successful colonization could look like. She fell ill soon after and died far from her traditional homelands at the age of 21. Pocahontas is not a stripper name or a Halloween costume. She is Exhibit A in the case that would hold the United States and its founders guilty of Indigenous genocide.

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