My last post on Indigenous people being blamed for their own oppression has really seemed rattle a few cages. And by “rattle” I mean, making people believe that I am excusing Indigenous people for rape or murder. It seems that these critics have very poor reading comprehension so I thought it was time that I clear up a few things.
1) Throughout my post I have never said that it was perfectly okay for Indigenous men to murder or rape anybody. The post was an attempt to show how the original author of the article was demonstrating her racism and hypocrisy and also the racist system in our capitalist patriarchy. Men do not commit murder without a reason; for the case of white men, they often commit murder when they do not receive the thing that they believe that they are entitled to. White men are not an oppressed class unlike Indigenous people who carry the weight of colonialism, misogyny, homophobia, and racism. This pressure to conform to white hegemony can often lead to destructive behavior, it’s not an excuse but an explanation.
2) Plenty of Indigenous people will tell you that there is violence against women and children on reservations, this is due to the indoctrination of colonialist ideals and also abuse from residential schools. Abuse is often passed down onto the children of those abused in residential schools and if Indigenous children were not abused in these residential schools then there would be no pattern of violence especially against Indigenous women and children. White men do often come into Indian reservations to rape Indigenous women and know that they will get away with it because authorities on reservations cannot persecute people who do not live on the reservation. “Why not?” I hear you ask. This article will explain everything. Even though this is talking about Indigenous people in America, it also applies to Canada too.
In 1978, the Supreme Court caseOliphant v. Suquamish stripped tribes of the right to arrest and prosecute non-Indians who commit crimes on Indian land. If both victim and perpetrator are non-Indian, a county or state officer must make the arrest. If the perpetrator is non-Indian and the victim an enrolled member, only a federally certified agent has that right. If the opposite is true, a tribal officer can make the arrest, but the case still goes to federal court.
So, even if tribal officers can arrest the person outside of their reservation, they cannot take the criminal to Indian court. Instead, he will be charged (if he even has a day in court) in Federal court and we all know how white men easily get away with any act of violence especially against Indigenous women.
3) Wishing an Indigenous man either rape me or murder a member of my family makes your argument null and void. I know plenty of Indigenous people and they would never even pull a hair off my head but I know plenty of white men that wish me great harm. Your petty crusade and your slandering of my words does not help you look like a hero. So, stop your racist tirade against Indigenous people and look at your fellow white people that are committing the same crimes and not receiving the same harsh punishment. I would like you to also ask yourself why white men do not receive the same punishment as Indigenous men or even black men.
4) I acknowledge that the violence that men commit against women and children is horrible and inexcusable but to also not acknowledge that our system is also racist would go against my political beliefs. I do not wish to contribute to the problem of colonialism and racism as a white ally.
Thank you for taking the time to read my post.