Saturday, August 02, 2008

Understanding Prejudice: Test Your Native IQ

Tamarack likes to call himself and his cult-minded groupies "natives." We think it a safe bet, however, that not one of them could pass this Native IQ test, even after spending $8000 for the Teaching Drum's yearlong "native" program.

Test Your Native IQ
Psychologists sometimes speak of native (inborn) intelligence, but this test is something quite different: a chance for you to test how much you know about Native American history and contemporary life.

Why are the Washington Redskins, Jeep Cherokee, and Red Man Chewing Tobacco popular names when the Washington Brownskins, Jeep Chicano, and Black Man chewing tobacco would be considered offensive? Why is the Cleveland Indians baseball logo, Chief Wahoo, acceptable when other racial caricatures, such as Little Black Sambo and the Frito Bandito, are not?

The answer, in part, is that anti-Indian prejudice does not receive as much attention as do other forms of racism. To counter this lack of attention, the following 10-item test will probe your knowledge of Native American issues. At the end, you will be able to compare your "Native IQ" with other people's scores, and you will receive a free gift as a bonus for completing the test.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

You seem like a very hateful person. I feel bad for you...

9/06/2008 8:10 AM  
Blogger Nemeses said...

If you don't hate the racist and sexist depredations of frauds like Tamarack Song, then it is we who feel sorry for you and your complete lack of basic human decency.


9/06/2008 9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Nemeses,

In your post "New Survivalists Prepare," you advocated for people to "Recover / Remember and honor the sustainable ways of [their] ancestors, which are universal." How would you recommend going about doing this?

9/29/2008 12:55 PM  
Blogger Nemeses said...

Start with your family. Ask your relatives what they know about the land from where your ancestors immigrated. If you can afford to, visit that place. If not, study its history. Euro-Americans should especially consider the history of the witch-hunts that murdered hundreds of thousands of healers/midwives. The tribal knowlege of earth-based wellbeing lost in the Great Burning is what Euro-Americans need to begin to recover.

Also important to consider is in what ways you can begin to amplify the resistance of Indigenous people in your area. Learn their pre and post invasion history. Indigenous people know how to survive horrors the rest of us can only begin to imagine.

And perhaps most important of all, ask your landbase what SHE needs to thrive. Your survival - both physical and psychological - is inextricably tied to hers.

Thank you for your considerate question. We hope this gets you off to a good start.

9/29/2008 5:29 PM  

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