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Trump and Warren are Racists and I Won't Defend Either


Trump’s a racist. He’s also an idiot. He has a limited vocabulary that boils down to “great,” “very best,” “I,” and “loser.” His troll-like attacks on Elizabeth Warren are reductive, reducing Natives down to romantic imagery, and chiming back the colonialist tale of “Pocahontas,” a Native girl white people fetishized to promote their idea of “The Good Native.” We all know the real story; Pocahontas was a victim of child sexual exploitation and died away from her people, “converted” on a boat, amidst a genocide still not actualized, but prevalent in our communities and governments again and again. I won’t save Elizabeth Warren from racist comments alluding to her misguided assumptions that family stories qualify her as Native.

Trump’s limited vocabulary limited his criticisms of Warren’s claim to Native ancestry to calling her “Pocahontas.” How he offended her, while offensive to me, is secondary to the true offense of Warren. While his constant refrain of Warren’s claims to Native ancestry is in true form of a troll, he brings to light the shame she carries in her inability to produce anything substantial on her claims to being Native.



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