Native Children: A Childhood Unlike Any Others

Washington NFL team fans heckling American Indian protesters from "keg" van. PHOTO Courtesy: Tomas Alejo

Washington NFL team fans heckling American Indian protesters from “keg” van. PHOTO Courtesy: Tomas Alejo

Our Native children should never have to be in the position of fighting for their right to be seen as human beings,

Yet, here in Washington DC this past weekend our children faced screaming Washington R*dskins fans, fans in full red-face paint and make-up, middle fingers raised to the people that the team is supposedly honoring. Instead of addressing their fan base’s toxic demeanor, the blame was instead shifted to us for bringing our youth.

Anthony Roy representing Chicago

Anthony Roy representing Chicago

I thought it was just a name, a sports team, harmless; so why then is there such an unsafe environment in your hometown, unfit for children?

As much as I don’t like it, our youth are indeed ready to carry on the battle earlier then desired. I do consider it an advantage though, it took me many of years to become adjusted to just what popular media’s agenda was in showing Native Americans as savage, as backwards, as stupid and that was to instill shame.

Fighting for justice...American Indian youth carry on the struggle. PHOTO Courtesy; Jennifer Clifton.

Fighting for justice…American Indian youth carry on the struggle. PHOTO Courtesy; Jennifer Clifton.

So starting at this level of awareness and having the support of your parents, cousins, friends, uncles, aunties, elders is healthy therapy against historical trauma, that we as Native people have carried for generations.

Anthony Roy, Ojibwe, who lives in Chicago, manages the “This Should Be The Blackhawks Logo!” blog. Roy was among the protesters outside FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, yesterday. The 100-plus protesters were greeted by zealous Washington R*dskins fans who were on their way into FedEx Field to watch their team lose to the Dallas Cowboys. Roy and others have expressed the sheer disrespect fans had for the American Indian and others protesters.

 

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  1. Sandi Billington 3 years ago