Why Calling Elizabeth Warren ‘Pocahontas’ Is Racist, Explained

87
416

When Don “Puffy” Comb-Over took the opportunity during a White House ceremony honoring the Native American code talkers to call Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas,” the collective response from most nonracist Americans was, “Oh no, he didn’t!”

But there were many people—including conservatives, people profiled in the New York Times and original-recipe white people—who didn’t find anything offensive about the slur. “How can a name be racist?” racists asked.

White House bullshit artist spokesperson and 2017 nominee to the Lying Motherfuckers Hall of Fame Sarah Sanders Huckabee said, “I don’t believe that it is appropriate for [the president] to make a racial slur, or anybody else.” The mauve Teletubby added: “I don’t think that it is [a racial slur], and I certainly don’t think that was the president’s intent.”

Early Tuesday morning, Satan intern and 22nd-place finisher in the Park Avenue School for Rich Turds sixth-grade spelling bee (when he was in the 11th grade) Eric Trump showed off his single-digit IQ when he tweeted:

Of course, Eric Trump doesn’t understand that Pocahontas is a real person and not a fictional cartoon character. Like father, like son. I bet he watches that cartoon once a week and admires Elizabeth Warren. Bless his little dumb heart.

To settle the confusion, we thought we’d explain why Donald Trump’s reference to Warren as Pocahontas is racist.

Who was Pocahontas?

She was an actual Native American woman in the area we now call Virginia known as Tsenacommacah. When the first white settlers landed in America, they showed the Native Americans how they were going to act for the next 500 or so years by kidnapping a teenager name Matoaka and holding her for ransom.

The Jamestown settlers renamed her “Rebecca.” No, I’m serious—they actually kidnapped a woman and tried to name her “Becky.” However, the Powhatan people told the Jamestonians that Matoaka’s name was “Pocahontas,” which loosely translates to “stolen by thieving-ass wypipo” (my Powhatan is a little rusty).

What does that have to do with Elizabeth Warren?

As a Harvard University professor, Elizabeth Warren was listed by the college as a minority professor because she claimed Native American ancestry. During her initial run for the Senate, her Republican opponent seized on this fact because … um … you know how they do. They tried to say it had something to do with fake diversity, dishonesty or affirmative action. They actually tried to get her to take a DNA test because white people apparently believe that Native American blood is redder or has feathers or something (the GOP is traditionally very bad at science-ing).

But is she Native American?

Who knows? She says that her parents and grandparents always told her about her Native American heritage. The New England Historic Genealogical Society’s Chris Child said he’d found a document stating that she has a great-great-great-grandmother who is Native American, which would make her 1/32 Cherokee according to the “one-drop rule” of the Federation for Unscientific Cursory Knowledge for White American Definitions, or FUCKWADS. NEHGS later backtracked on that claim when it could find no proof of the alleged document.

Warren’s family is from Oklahoma, however, so it is possible because … have you ever read about what white people did to the Native Americans? It’s unlikely that white Oklahomans didn’t intermix when they were genociding the indigenous population. I’ve read a few history books, and I’ve never read about a conquering colonizing force saying, “We refrained from raping, but we pillaged like a motherfucker.”

To be fair, there is no evidence that Warren used her Native American status for the purposes of getting into college, gaining employment or otherwise benefiting her career. She does say she used it as a professor to “connect” with students.

None of this explains why Trump calls her Pocahontas.

Warren is one of the most popular Democrats and one of the few people in either party who will call Trump out using logic and plain talk. Instead of calling him a racist, she talks about his policies.

That’s scary for him. Trump likes to use nicknames, so he attacks her with the only negative thing he can use against her. He’s literally like a third-grader chasing people around the playground with doo-doo on a stick. That’s not an analogy. White House insiders have told me that he actually keeps a dookey wand by his bedside instead of a gun.

OK, that last sentence is not true. But if you found out it was, would you be surprised?

Exactly.

But why is this racist?

Because calling someone by a stereotypical name that is not their own because of their alleged ethnic or racial background is racist. If someone called me “Leroy,” I’m fighting. Well, I’m over 40 now, so I probably wouldn’t fight them, but I’d want to.*

*Please don’t hold me to the “I probably wouldn’t fight … ” part of that statement. I try to take the high road, but when they go low, I go high. And by “high” I mean the punches to the throat or jaw area.

It’s as if Trump went to a Holocaust survivors’ memorial and reminded them that they weren’t the only ones who were murdered, or went into a room filled with Jews and said, “Hey, I like the Jews! My daughter had sex with one!” (Bad examples. He actually did both of those things.)

But here is the biggest reason Trump’s nasty nickname is racist: because Native Americans said so.

In May the National Congress of American Indians said in a statement: “The name of Pocahontas should not be used as a slur, and it is inappropriate for anyone to use her name in a disparaging manner.”

After the incident Monday, NCAI President Jefferson Keel, a U.S. Army officer and Vietnam War veteran, stated: “We regret that the president’s use of the name Pocahontas as a slur to insult a political adversary is overshadowing the true purpose of today’s White House ceremony.”

Native Americans respond to Trump’s Pocahontas comment

Mr. Trump mentioned Elizabeth Warren during an event honoring WWII Native American code talkers.…

Despite what Eric Trump and Sarah Huckabee Sanders say, Trump’s name-calling is racist. Many white people like Trump will often excuse their racism by saying, “I’m not prejudiced.” They will vehemently argue their point about why their actions shouldn’t be considered racist.

Why? Because many white people actually believe it. It’s as if Mike Tyson punched a baby in the head and got mad when the baby cried because it was just a left-handed jab, not his knockout punch. They honestly believe that they can decide for nonwhite people whether something is racist or not. Not only do they think they can do whatever they want, but they also believe that they should be able to control people’s responses to their actions.

And if you think I’ve contradicted myself by stereotyping white people, you might be right. I might be a little bit racist.

But I like to call it “presidential.”

Source: https://www.theroot.com/why-calling-elizabeth-warren-pocahontas-is-racist-expl-1820802836

-Advertisement-

87 COMMENTS

  1. I together with my guys have been looking at the excellent recommendations found on your web site then unexpectedly I had an awful suspicion I had not thanked the web blog owner for those strategies. The guys are already certainly warmed to read through them and now have honestly been making the most of those things. Thanks for actually being simply helpful and then for choosing this sort of very good tips most people are really needing to discover. Our honest regret for not saying thanks to you earlier.

  2. I wish to voice my affection for your kindness supporting visitors who actually need help on this important question. Your personal dedication to passing the message all around appeared to be pretty powerful and has encouraged individuals just like me to attain their dreams. Your informative instruction entails a great deal a person like me and far more to my fellow workers. Warm regards; from everyone of us.

  3. I would like to express my love for your kind-heartedness in support of persons that must have help on this concept. Your special commitment to getting the solution along had been quite functional and have without exception allowed most people just like me to reach their targets. Your entire useful guide implies a lot a person like me and extremely more to my office workers. Best wishes; from each one of us.

  4. I and my friends appeared to be looking at the great advice found on your web page while instantly developed a terrible suspicion I had not thanked the website owner for them. All the men are actually as a consequence happy to see all of them and now have unquestionably been enjoying those things. Thank you for actually being very accommodating as well as for deciding on these kinds of magnificent issues millions of individuals are really eager to be aware of. Our own sincere apologies for not expressing appreciation to earlier.

  5. I definitely wanted to make a brief word to be able to thank you for all the fabulous facts you are sharing on this site. My particularly long internet lookup has now been honored with reasonable facts and techniques to exchange with my contacts. I ‘d state that that we visitors actually are undeniably lucky to be in a fantastic community with very many lovely professionals with very helpful points. I feel pretty privileged to have used the webpage and look forward to some more fun times reading here. Thanks again for everything.

  6. I wanted to construct a small comment to say thanks to you for those great solutions you are sharing on this site. My extensive internet research has finally been honored with excellent suggestions to exchange with my best friends. I ‘d assume that many of us visitors actually are truly lucky to be in a useful network with many wonderful individuals with valuable plans. I feel truly lucky to have encountered your website and look forward to tons of more brilliant minutes reading here. Thanks once again for a lot of things.

  7. Thank you a lot for providing individuals with an extremely superb chance to read in detail from this blog. It’s usually very pleasant and as well , stuffed with amusement for me personally and my office peers to visit your website particularly three times in a week to find out the latest guides you have got. And definitely, I am also always contented with your sensational creative concepts served by you. Selected 4 facts in this article are essentially the simplest we’ve had.

  8. I wanted to send you that very little remark in order to thank you very much once again for your personal fantastic tactics you’ve shared on this site. It has been really open-handed with people like you in giving unreservedly all most of us could have distributed for an electronic book to make some money on their own, and in particular considering that you could have done it if you ever desired. These solutions in addition acted like the great way to understand that many people have the identical zeal like my own to see more on the subject of this problem. I believe there are many more pleasurable opportunities ahead for those who read carefully your website.

  9. Thank you for all of the work on this site. My mum loves setting aside time for research and it is easy to understand why. A number of us hear all of the compelling ways you render priceless guidance through this website and therefore cause response from website visitors on this area while our favorite child is understanding a whole lot. Have fun with the remaining portion of the year. You’re doing a great job.

  10. I needed to put you a little remark to be able to give thanks once again considering the great information you have provided on this website. It was quite pretty open-handed of people like you to allow without restraint all a number of people would have marketed as an electronic book to end up making some money for their own end, most notably considering that you might have tried it if you ever decided. Those strategies in addition served like a great way to recognize that the rest have the same dream just as my personal own to grasp much more pertaining to this condition. I think there are some more pleasant situations in the future for folks who view your website.

  11. Hello there, I found your site via Google while searching for a related topic, your site came up, it looks good. I’ve bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.

  12. I just wanted to write down a brief remark to be able to appreciate you for all of the magnificent facts you are sharing on this website. My particularly long internet search has at the end been rewarded with really good insight to exchange with my contacts. I would point out that we visitors actually are unquestionably lucky to live in a fine community with so many outstanding people with valuable methods. I feel quite fortunate to have encountered your web site and look forward to so many more excellent minutes reading here. Thank you once again for all the details.

  13. I wanted to write down a brief note so as to say thanks to you for these fantastic ideas you are giving out on this site. My prolonged internet lookup has at the end of the day been honored with reputable content to exchange with my classmates and friends. I ‘d declare that we website visitors are quite endowed to dwell in a fine community with many outstanding individuals with very helpful secrets. I feel rather fortunate to have discovered your website and look forward to many more thrilling moments reading here. Thank you once more for everything.

  14. I simply needed to say thanks once again. I am not sure the things that I could possibly have worked on without the type of advice contributed by you regarding that theme. It had been the troublesome matter in my circumstances, nevertheless encountering your specialized technique you solved it took me to weep over gladness. I will be happier for this advice and thus sincerely hope you comprehend what a powerful job you have been carrying out educating men and women through the use of your websites. I am certain you haven’t encountered all of us.

  15. Thanks a lot for giving everyone an exceptionally superb chance to read articles and blog posts from this website. It’s always very kind and also jam-packed with fun for me and my office friends to visit your site nearly three times weekly to find out the fresh guides you will have. And lastly, I am also actually fulfilled considering the great solutions served by you. Some 3 points on this page are in truth the best I have had.

  16. I and my pals were found to be viewing the good pointers from your web site then the sudden developed a horrible suspicion I never thanked the website owner for those secrets. All of the men came as a consequence joyful to see all of them and now have without a doubt been using them. Thank you for actually being indeed considerate and then for opting for varieties of fabulous resources millions of individuals are really eager to be aware of. Our own sincere regret for not expressing appreciation to you sooner.

  17. Hey there! This is my very first comment here so I simply wanted to give a quick hello and say I genuinely enjoy reading your articles. Can you recommend any other websites that deal with best mesothelioma law firms? I’m as well pretty keen on that thing! Thank you so much!

  18. Thank you so much for providing individuals with an extraordinarily terrific opportunity to discover important secrets from this blog. It can be so terrific and also stuffed with a lot of fun for me and my office co-workers to search your website more than three times weekly to read the fresh stuff you will have. And of course, I’m certainly pleased considering the astonishing creative ideas served by you. Certain 3 areas in this article are unequivocally the most beneficial I have had.

  19. My wife and i got really joyful that Louis could finish up his investigation from your precious recommendations he acquired in your site. It is now and again perplexing just to continually be making a gift of secrets which often the rest have been making money from. We really discover we’ve got the writer to appreciate for this. Those illustrations you’ve made, the simple site menu, the friendships you make it easier to instill – it’s got most awesome, and it’s making our son in addition to our family believe that that idea is brilliant, and that is tremendously essential. Thank you for the whole thing!

  20. I really wanted to develop a comment to be able to thank you for these remarkable points you are giving here. My extensive internet look up has now been rewarded with incredibly good know-how to write about with my friends and classmates. I ‘d suppose that many of us visitors are undoubtedly endowed to dwell in a fantastic website with very many brilliant professionals with helpful advice. I feel truly happy to have come across your entire webpages and look forward to plenty of more pleasurable minutes reading here. Thanks a lot once more for all the details.

  21. I am writing to make you be aware of what a nice discovery my child developed reading through the blog. She noticed several things, with the inclusion of what it is like to possess a very effective giving mood to get many people with ease completely grasp a variety of specialized subject areas. You really did more than my expected results. Many thanks for churning out the great, healthy, informative not to mention unique tips about the topic to Gloria.

  22. Thanks a lot for the awesome posting! I seriously liked learning about.I will be sure to bookmark the website and will often return from now on. I would really like to suggest that you keep going with the nice posts, even talk about hd movies online too, have a nice evening!

  23. I simply wanted to post a small note in order to express gratitude to you for all of the lovely secrets you are giving on this website. My prolonged internet lookup has at the end been rewarded with sensible details to go over with my pals. I would assert that we site visitors are undeniably endowed to dwell in a fantastic website with very many awesome people with helpful things. I feel extremely happy to have seen your entire web site and look forward to some more fun times reading here. Thanks a lot once again for everything.

  24. I definitely wanted to write down a simple note so as to appreciate you for the stunning recommendations you are posting here. My particularly long internet look up has finally been rewarded with brilliant ideas to go over with my companions. I would assert that most of us visitors actually are quite blessed to exist in a decent site with many wonderful people with helpful tips and hints. I feel very lucky to have used your entire web pages and look forward to plenty of more enjoyable minutes reading here. Thank you again for everything.

  25. I not to mention my friends were found to be checking the excellent recommendations found on the website and so the sudden came up with an awful suspicion I had not expressed respect to you for those tips. Most of the guys came consequently excited to learn them and have in truth been taking pleasure in them. Appreciate your genuinely quite accommodating and for obtaining this sort of amazing useful guides most people are really needing to learn about. Our sincere apologies for not expressing gratitude to earlier.

  26. I together with my guys ended up digesting the best suggestions located on your web site and so then got an awful suspicion I never expressed respect to the web blog owner for them. My young men had been as a consequence stimulated to learn them and now have in fact been taking pleasure in them. I appreciate you for actually being very considerate and also for using certain beneficial topics millions of individuals are really wanting to learn about. My very own honest apologies for not expressing appreciation to earlier.

  27. I like the valuable information you provide in your articles. I will bookmark your blog and check again here regularly. I am quite sure I will learn plenty of new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!

  28. I have to get across my admiration for your generosity for those who must have help with the matter. Your personal commitment to passing the message throughout appears to be really beneficial and has continuously made somebody like me to reach their endeavors. Your interesting key points can mean a whole lot a person like me and further more to my peers. Regards; from everyone of us.

  29. Thank you so much for giving everyone an extraordinarily wonderful possiblity to check tips from this blog. It really is so nice and as well , packed with a good time for me personally and my office co-workers to search your site more than thrice a week to find out the newest issues you have got. Of course, I’m just certainly fascinated with your astonishing solutions you serve. Some two ideas in this article are certainly the very best we’ve had.

  30. I actually wanted to construct a small comment to say thanks to you for the unique suggestions you are giving out here. My time intensive internet investigation has now been honored with reputable content to share with my partners. I ‘d believe that we website visitors are unquestionably endowed to exist in a magnificent website with so many awesome people with insightful suggestions. I feel very fortunate to have used your website and look forward to some more cool times reading here. Thanks again for all the details.

  31. I want to point out my admiration for your kind-heartedness supporting people that require help with this one situation. Your real commitment to getting the solution across turned out to be especially interesting and has without exception made others much like me to reach their objectives. This useful publication implies this much a person like me and far more to my fellow workers. Thanks a ton; from everyone of us.

  32. A lot of thanks for each of your hard work on this web site. Debby enjoys conducting research and it’s easy to understand why. A number of us hear all of the powerful medium you produce both useful and interesting tips and tricks through the web site and in addition recommend contribution from some others about this subject so our daughter is truly studying so much. Take advantage of the remaining portion of the new year. You’re doing a splendid job.

  33. I truly wanted to post a simple word to appreciate you for all the awesome tips and hints you are sharing at this website. My time intensive internet research has at the end of the day been compensated with good insight to exchange with my company. I would admit that many of us readers actually are undoubtedly fortunate to be in a really good website with so many outstanding professionals with beneficial tips and hints. I feel pretty privileged to have used the web page and look forward to tons of more fun times reading here. Thanks once more for all the details.

  34. You’re totally right. I enjoyed reviewing this info and I will come back for more soon. Our website is on emergency dental clinic, you could look if you happen to be interested in this.

  35. I definitely wanted to send a word to say thanks to you for all of the precious facts you are giving on this site. My extensive internet research has finally been recognized with reliable details to share with my companions. I ‘d assert that most of us readers are unquestionably endowed to dwell in a fantastic network with many perfect professionals with insightful tips and hints. I feel extremely fortunate to have discovered the webpages and look forward to some more enjoyable times reading here. Thank you again for all the details.

  36. Greetings! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I really enjoy reading your posts. Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same topics? Thanks a ton!

  37. Thank you a lot for providing individuals with an extremely special chance to read in detail from this website. It is often very sweet plus stuffed with a lot of fun for me personally and my office mates to search the blog not less than three times weekly to study the newest things you have. And indeed, I am just certainly fulfilled for the fantastic points you serve. Some 3 ideas in this posting are truly the finest I have ever had.

  38. My wife and i ended up being so thankful that Ervin could conclude his investigation via the precious recommendations he discovered out of the web pages. It is now and again perplexing to just find yourself making a gift of instructions that a number of people could have been trying to sell. And we all know we have you to give thanks to for this. The illustrations you’ve made, the easy blog navigation, the friendships you will aid to promote – it’s got most exceptional, and it’s assisting our son and our family reckon that the issue is enjoyable, and that’s particularly indispensable. Thank you for the whole thing!

  39. My wife and i got absolutely fulfilled that Louis could complete his researching out of the precious recommendations he gained from your very own site. It is now and again perplexing just to find yourself giving away guidance which usually most people may have been selling. And now we realize we now have you to give thanks to for that. The illustrations you made, the simple site navigation, the relationships you can help to foster – it is everything excellent, and it’s really facilitating our son in addition to the family imagine that the matter is entertaining, which is tremendously important. Thanks for the whole lot!

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here