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A reason I fight appropriation

moosedeevita:

So today I had an infuriating encounter on my way to work.  I was driving, and noticed these girls in the van behind me had been following me for several blocks, trying to take pictures of my car (I have a “caution slow moving indian sticker on it). After making a few quick turns and they still stuck behind me, I slammed on my brakes in the middle of the street and got out. They immediately put their phones down and quieted as I came up to their car. 

When I asked them why they were following me, their response was “Oh, we’re gonna be indians for halloween, and so we thought your sticker was funny.”

I told them they were racist and needed to reevaluate their life choices, which the girl driving responded “Oh we respect and honor you, that’s why we wanted to be indians for halloween.”

I said “It’s not respectful or honoring to dress up as a race of human being for halloween. Seriously I find it incredibly racist and ignorant for you to do that”

This is why I fight appropriation every day. Dumb, over-privileged white hipster bitches think it is acceptable to FOLLOW ME AROUND because they think my race is fascinating and funny. I have ptsd, the minute I notice a car following me I panic.

In their safe, spoiled little lives they couldn’t possibly understand how painful their actions were to me. They ruined my morning, but for them it was just an interesting encounter to add to their halloween costume.

I don’t get to go around living my life as anything but an indian, and I am SO sick of having to constantly be a source of curiosity and interest to outsiders. 

I am not oversensitive, it is extremely damaging to grow up and constantly be told by everyone both verbally and threw their actions, that I am nothing but some oddity to be looked at and have no right to how others view me.

Angry rant, but whatever. I am so fed up

polerin

liquornspice:

A Prince George Mountie who tasered an 11-year-old first nations boy should not face criminal charges for his conduct, says an external review by West Vancouver Police Department that left a native organization “dumbfounded” for its brevity.

Chief Constable Peter Lepine of the West Vancouver police announced the finding in a short open letter, concluding after a six-month investigation that there was no violation of the Criminal Code.

“We are not recommending charges,” he wrote of the April incident in which RCMP responding to the stabbing of a 37-year-old man in a group home pursued and tasered an 11-year-old suspect who had barricaded himself in a neighbouring property.

He said his team spent much of the spring and summer interviewing witnesses, collecting and analyzing evidence and consulting legal and use-of-force experts as part of a “thorough, fair and transparent” investigation into the matter, which he acknowledged roused concern in Prince George and across Canada.

The child was taken into custody and the victim of the assault survived. The Mountie who deployed the taser, who had 18 months experience, was placed on administrative leave.

West Vancouver police said Chief Constable Lepine would not be available for comment on Thursday.

The finding outraged the Native Courtworker and Counselling Association.

“I am absolutely dumbfounded by the shortness, brevity and sheer gall of the West Vancouver police’s so-called report. It does nothing to give the people of B.C. confidence when police investigate themselves,” said Hugh Braker, the organization’s president.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, said he could not imagine any defence for not proposing criminal charges.

“I don’t think there’s anything that will convince me it was necessary to taser an 11-year-old child,” he said.

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