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Article Asks Good Questions About Wolf Kill Among Racist Undertones

07 Nov

I often wonder if many authors of articles here in Wisconsin have any concept of the racism that is hidden in their words when discussing Native American issues. Today, I came across an article that raises really good questions about the recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article about the 14 year old female wolf trapper who they glorified in a fluffy article last week. The article makes a perfectly good argument agains the wolf slaughter and those perpetrating it. Of course that is if you ignore this line:

“The decision to hunt the wolves is just the latest example of the white man running roughshod over the religion and belief of Native Americans. The Ojibwa consider the wolf a brother and a sacred member of their tribe. And just so you don’t think I’m some crazed Indian lover, I think it’s okay to use Warriors or Chiefs as school nicknames.”

Does the author of this article even realize how racist the line “And just so you don’t think I’m some crazed Indian lover” sounds? What is an “indian lover?” Is it someone who has respect and sympathy for a culture that was decimated and almost destroyed by greed and hatred? Why even put this line in here? Is it to prove to the Northern Wisconsin bigots that you are “one of them.” I have to wonder if the author even realized how this statement came across because the rest of the article asks very good questions about what kind of sadists are being raised in this state. I actually agree with the entire article except for those two sentences that are a slap in the face to Native Americans and those who respect their culture. And for the record I AM and “Indian Lover!” Here is the article:

Wolf hunting in Wisconsin is not fair game

 
4 Comments

Posted by on November 7, 2012 in Hunting, Trapping, Wisconsin Insanity, Wolves

 

4 responses to “Article Asks Good Questions About Wolf Kill Among Racist Undertones

  1. Suzanne Dunham

    November 7, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Kudos on your article. There is too much racism in Wisconsin and the rest of the US. When are they going to wake up that the minorities are not going away, and that the white race in alot of the country is a minority! Personally, I think our Native Americans have one of the most beautiful faiths of all!

     
    • rali74

      November 7, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      I think that the author had no concept about how racist and demeaning his words were because the rest of the article was great.

       
  2. Wanda Tucker

    November 7, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Thank you for addressing this-I was so hoping I wasn’t reading it wrong! And just for the record, I too, am an Indian lover!!

     
  3. laina

    November 10, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Overall it was a good article, but I agree that “Indian lover” line was a blast from the bad old days. Plus he doesn’t get why you don’t name a sports team after a race of people. One simply does not say Indian lover, as one does not say the other banned “lover of a certain race”. It just goes to show that some outlets don’t watch or edit what their writers write, closely, if at all.

    Patricia, lots of very interesting material on this site.

     

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