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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Jul 2020 9:11 p.m. PST

"A common belief in the contemporary United States, often unspoken and unconscious, implies that everyone has a right to use Indians as they see fit; everyone owns them. Indianness is a national heritage; it is a fount for commercial enterprise; it is a costume one can put on for a party, a youth activity, or a sporting event. This sense of entitlement, this expression of white privilege, has a long history, manifesting itself in national narratives, popular entertainments, marketing schemes, sporting worlds, and self-improvement regimes.

From the earliest period of European colonization, images of Indians found expression in early drawings, engravings, portraiture, political prints, maps and cartouches, tobacconist figures, weather vanes, coins and medals, and books and prints. Initially, depictions of Native males and females were used to symbolize the North American continent in the international iconography of the day, representations that proliferated. The Indian Queen, an emblematic figure in use by the end of the sixteenth century, symbolized the Western Hemisphere. Her successor, the Indian Princess, became representative of the American colonies. During the Revolutionary period, America was portrayed as a feathered Indian defying British tyranny in printed materials of the day…"


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Dn Jackson09 Jul 2020 10:37 p.m. PST

The article loses any pretension of being scholarly when the authors use the term 'white privilege'. Also loses my interest.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP10 Jul 2020 2:00 a.m. PST

+1 Dn Jackson

oldjarhead10 Jul 2020 8:29 a.m. PST

Agree with @Dn Jackson.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Jul 2020 10:47 a.m. PST

+10 Dn Jackson.

Figured that might be the case from the title, and intro.

Pan Marek10 Jul 2020 10:52 a.m. PST

Of course. We should not use the phrase "white privilege", for whites have never been, and are not now, "privileged" to do or obtain things more easily than nonwhites in the US.

Personal logo mrwigglesworth Supporting Member of TMP10 Jul 2020 1:50 p.m. PST

+1 Dn Jackson

Lee49411 Jul 2020 12:58 p.m. PST

Read my post on the ACW Board.

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