Saturday, March 03, 2007

Why Have Cherokees Decided to Insult African Americans?

By Norris McDonald - - Of course the answer is M-O-N-E-Y. The same reason others have chosen to insult us for centuries. I guess some people see our darker skin as a license to insult. But this coming from our original Indian brothers is as crazy as Black-on-Black murder. Cherokees with a Black bloodline were recently voted out ot the Cherokee Nation. Money has turned so-called 'pure' Cherokees into racists. Of course, Cherokees with a White bloodline remain a part of their nation. Pure racism and greed.
My grandmother, Katie Mae Best, left & right, had a grandmother who was a full blooded Cherokee Indian. So I am part Cherokee. Many Blacks are part Cherokee. It is something of a joke in the Black community though because of the 'one-drop' rule. Regardless, if I was part of the Cherokee Nation they would be trying to exclude me from the spoils of gambling. Maybe my grandma would have been 'light' enough for them. This is just another variation on the 'brown paper bag' rule.

The Cherokee Nation is voting to establish that members need to have Indian blood to be a Cherokee Indian. Regardless of the outcome of the vote, just having the vote itself is the height of insult. The purpose of the vote is to determine how to remove thousands of descendants of freed slaves or "freedmen" from membership in the Cherokee Nation, thus reducing the split of the gambling spoils. The issue goes back to an 1866 treaty between the U.S. and the Cherokee Indians, which states, "never hereafter shall either slavery or involuntary servitude exist in the Cherokee Nation, and all freedmen who have been liberated as well as all free colored persons and their descendants shall have all the rights of native Cherokees." Evidently the Cherokees have learned well about the excesses of capitalist greed and want to renege on this treaty. And don't they know about the 'one drop' rule? So one drop of Cherokee blood should be enough. (New York Times)

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