EVEN IN BARBADOS there are those who say that there is nothing wrong with dispensing societal benefits based upon race and / or skin colour.
The members of the Cherokee Nation are just taking that philosophy to it’s natural conclusion when they now revoke the “tribal citizenship” of a certain group based upon racial criteria.
Before, the Cherokee Nation was happy to enjoy enhanced government status and funding because the descendants of the slaves once owned by the tribe boosted the population figures.
That was before Indian Casinos though…. Now they don’t want to share the profits with folks who are not as pure of race as they would like them to be.
My Son’s Skin Is Not Dark Enough
My son’s skin colour is not dark enough to suit many on this island who want to dispense societal benefits based upon race. The upside is that society sets higher performance expectations for my son based upon his light skin colour – that will naturally cause him to rise to the expectations just as any person rises to expectations.
The folks on this island who wish to dispense benefits based upon skin colour are the same people who set the lower expectations for people with darker skin. The benefits based upon skin colour only reinforce the lower expectations for some in our society.
Said it again and it felt good.
Tribe Revokes Freed Slaves’ Membership
OKLAHOMA CITY – Cherokee Nation members voted Saturday to revoke the tribal citizenship of an estimated 2,800 descendants of the people the Cherokee once owned as slaves.
With all 32 precincts reporting, 76.6 percent had voted in favor of an amendment to the tribal constitution that would limit citizenship to descendants of “by blood” tribe members as listed on the federal Dawes Commission’s rolls from more than 100 years ago.
The commission, set up by a Congress bent on breaking up Indians’ collective lands and parceling them out to tribal citizens, drew up two rolls, one listing Cherokees by blood and the other listing freedmen, a roll of blacks regardless of whether they had Indian blood.
Some opponents of the ballot question argued that attempts to remove freedmen from the tribe were motivated by racism.
“I’m very disappointed that people bought into a lot of rhetoric and falsehoods by tribal leaders,” said Marilyn Vann, president of the Oklahoma City-based Descendants of Freedmen of Five Civilized Tribes…
… continue reading this article at Yahoo News (link here)