Skip to comments.Bad Eagle’s Question
Posted on 06/24/2020 2:26:56 PM PDT by CheshireTheCat
The late Dr. David Yeagley, a Comanche Indian (traditional name Bad Eagle) and college professor, described an interaction that took place in one of his classes. (excerpted)
LOOK, DR. YEAGLEY, I dont see anything about my culture to be proud of. Its all nothing. My race is just nothing.
The girl was white. She was tall and pretty, with amber hair and brown eyes. For convenience sake, lets call her Rachel.
I had been leading a class on social psychology, in which we discussed patriotism what it means to be a people or a nation. The discussion had been quite lively. But when Rachel spoke, everyone fell silent.
Look at your culture, she said to me. Look at American Indian tradition. Now I think thats really great. You have something to be proud of. My culture is nothing.
Her words disturbed and offended me in a way that I could not quite enunciate.
When Rachel denounced her people, she did it with the serene self-confidence of a High Priestess reciting a liturgy. She said it without fear of criticism or censure. And she received none. The other students listened in silence, their eyes moving timidly back and forth between me and Rachel, as if unsure which of us constituted a higher authority.
Yeagley saw a resemblance between Rachel and those Frenchwomen who were quick to associate with the conquering Germans and he wondered:
Who had conquered Rachels people? What had led her to disrespect them? Why did she behave like a woman of a defeated tribe?
A Jim writes, "But you know she doesnt believe a word of what shes saying; its all theater to feed the ego. She has lots of imitators these days."
To which Raxxalan responds, "Actually I dont really think that is completely true. I dont think she is being hypocritical intentionally and doesnt believe what she is saying is true. I do think this is to feed the ego (hers). I think she truly believes that her culture is evil and part of the problem. I think she believes she is enlightened because she recognizes it, which makes her good. I also think that she believes the only way other cultures can thrive is for hers to recede. This is the ultimate form of patronizing. It is still the white mans burden to uplift the lesser races. The prescription has just changed. Ultimately this is possibly the most grotesque thing I think I have seen. The civilizational equivalent of a martyr complex. Worse still because to be a martyr at least normally you have to suffer. Here you get to enjoy the benefits that other members of your civilization are work diligent to expand and provide, while decrying their efforts and being smug self satisfied at your own superiority."
“A nation is never conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground.” — Comanche saying, regrettably true.
Amazing insight, thanks for posting.
I miss Bad Eagle, always enjoyed reading his articles.
The first people here were Caucasians and the anthropologists know that from the shape of skulls found where the FIRST people were. Those people hunted the mammoth elephants. They dug pits and drove the beasts into the pit.
Then the men had to kill the beast. SOMETIMES the beast killed on of them. Thus, their remains.
Their skulls were OBLONG. ALL Oriental Asians have ROUND skulls. There were NO round skulls there...only OBLONG ones.
Africans have oblong skulls too but they didn't have the means to travel over the oceans between them and North America. So that left the only other group of humans--Caucasians. They were already in Europe and they crossed the arctic bridge and entered the North American continent.
The REAL Indians are CAUCASIAN ASIANS...no feathers, no paint...though the Sadhus [VERY, VERY strange "holy men."] could be have almost any paint or decoration on them...MAYBE even feathers.
One stupid child does not define a society.
In Europe, Village Idiots had stones cast at them if they ever approached decent people.
Perhaps it is now time SANE People collected stones.
That is depressing.
food, traditions,religion, music, dance....
nothing like a big Polish wedding....
but who has a big wedding with food and lots of drink and of course a live band....not many....
loose family, loose tradition...loose tradition, loose your identity....
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