Gyasi Ross: 'Queen Warhorse' allowed to speak for Natives

"Like any ethnic identity discourse, the “Native” conversation is complicated and convoluted. Yet, in the twin pursuit(s) of political correctness and genuine good intentions, most people make good-faith efforts to trudge through the discourse in a respectful manner.

We do the best that we can.

Unfortunately, the singular exception to those good-faith efforts is for the Native people of this continent. When Native people are the topic of discussion, we don’t “do the best we can.” Instead, non-Native people assume that they inherently know about Native people, without listening to the Native voices themselves."

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Gyasi Ross: Don’t Know Much About Indians (but i let non-indians speak for them anyways) (Racialicious 5/2)

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