NO FRIENDS IN INDIAN COUNTRY

9 Dec

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One of the primary characters in the book is an Indian (North American variety) named Basher. In book 3 Basher comes up with a solution to the ongoing acrimony about the name of the Washington football team, the Redskins.

This has been an ongoing battle for years. From time to time it flares up so much that it garners headlines. Lots of headlines. When it did so a few years, I came up with a win/win solution. I got as far with the idea as inner circle of Redskins owner Dan Snyder, before they fucked me off. I attempted to put the idea into the heads of American Indians, but failed. Having nothing else to do with it, I put it into book three as the subplot.

Thinking that I might find some people interested in the idea, not only as a subplot but as a real idea that might work if the Redskins and redskins if they give it serious consideration, I wandered into Indian Country, which is the name of the largest subReddit on Reddit.

What follows is the verbatim discussion. I don’t know how long it will be accessible, but I have included the link at the bottom of the discussion.

I have not bothered to correct my typos, and there are a few. I have an eye condition, related to my diabetes, that makes it almost impossible to navigate on the Reddit platform because I have to magnify my screen to see text, and when I do much of the page disappears off the screen, so I make mistakes. And I don’t really give a fuck about typos in casual online blabbing anyway, so….

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r/IndianCountry

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u/brainslam

18 hours ago

PALE FACE WRITER SAYING HELLO

Discussion/Question

Sorry, this post has been removed by the moderators of r/IndianCountry.

Moderators remove posts from feeds for a variety of reasons, including keeping communities safe, civil, and true to their purpose.

 

I hope I can call myself a pale face here. I actually prefer to refer to myself as a poor white trashole, but Facebook doesn;t like that, so you may not either.

I was brn and raised in thunder Bay, Ontario. I grew up in a housing project, where a lot of Indians lived, including a guy named Vernon Linklater who went on to become the super heavyweight amateur boxing champion of Canada.I haven;t lived in thunder for 37 years (I’m 56 and now live in India), but I understand there are some very ugly race problems in the Lakehead, most of which involve ignorance and bigotry.

Anyway, to my point. I have written a new book, the title of which I shan’t divulge because I got my head ripped off by a moderator on the books sub a couple months ago for doing that. The book is a trilogy of three novellas starring two 15 year olds who repeatedly save the world – they prevent a nuclear war, solve global warming and end hatred

The pair are aided and abetted by a colourful cast of characters, one of whom is a bruiser from the rez, who is doing his to not want to put a hurt on anyone, including the bad guys. The kids never resort to violence. They achieve their goals by using the one superpwoer we all have, which is LOVE.

The unnamed bruiser (I will keep him unnamed here for fear of breaching promotional rules) is also a 15 year old. He’s a football layer and drums in the heroes’ band. The subplots of the third story involves him and his Gypsy friend setting out to meet WARshington Redskins owner Dan Snyder. You see, my boy has a solution to the acrimonious name brouhaha.

I came up with the solution years ago, before I wrote this book. I attempted to get the idea to Snyder, but only got as far as one of his inner circle, before being ignored. I really belive my solution is a win-win. I have included it as a subplot n the book in the hope of casting some light on the idea in the hope that it might be taken seriously enough to consider (BTW, I did try to bring it to the attention of an Indian leader in the States, but that, too, went nowhere..

So, WTF do I want? A chance to introduce you to my kids. That’s it. If you happen to buy the book, great. If you decide to debate my solution to the name problem, even better.

I will be posting something similar on a Redskins sub or two. maybe the debate will have some fresh fuel if everyone interested gets into it.

I am pretty new to Reddit, so I will fumble my way around until I get the hang of it. Should I run adoul of some things, forgive me, please.

in conclusion, I am hoping that some of you in Indian country will be good enough to reply to this post and tell me what you think about my interloping ass tresspassing in your territory.

Please and thank you!

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Kabusanlu

6 points·18 hours ago

🙄

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yupolowake

6 points·17 hours ago

What the actual f. Whole lot of words for you to just drop a slur at the end.

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brainslam

0 points·17 hours ago

I’m a writer. Words are my currency.

What slur?

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Kabusanlu

5 points·16 hours ago·edited 16 hours ago

If you’re trying to “write” about Native issues then no one here should have to explain..

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brainslam

-1 points·14 hours ago

Okay

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yupolowake

3 points·11 hours ago

If those “words” are your currency you are broke as fuck and it’s no wonder you’re on reddit begging for readers

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brainslam

-7 points·11 hours ago(0 children)

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RunWithTheRailroad

5 points·15 hours ago

Reddit is just not a good place for peddling duder. You’ll probably be pretty ill received in this community if you just come walking out full frontal-style like that. These ain’t the 80’s-90’s NDN’s it sounds like you’re used to to be frank

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brainslam

1 point·14 hours ago

I believe you

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brainslam

1 point·13 hours ago

But, just to clarify, are you saying that y’all ain;t nothin’ like guys such as splitting-the Sky and wolverine? Y’all ain’t nothin like the people who organized standoffs at Oka and Gustafsen Lake?

’cause if that’s true, I am probably in the wrong place.

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yupolowake

5 points·11 hours ago

Man, get out of here with tired, stereotyping bullshit. Nobody here wants to listen to ramble about “pale faces” and co-opt Russell Means quotes to shame us. And certainly nobody wants to read your books. There’s plenty of Indigenous writers who are a thousand times more deserving of our readership.

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brainslam

-4 points·11 hours ago

What stereotyping are you taking about? Can you be specific? Or is that just what white people do all the time? Stereo-typically, I mean.

No doubt there are a lot of your own people writing. They may be aware of a new genre that is rising, that may be of interest to them. It’s known as HOPEPUNK. It’s a sub genre of sci-fi>

If you think of the biggest sci-fi books of the 20th century, they are almost all dystopian. HOPEPUNK turns that on its head by inspiring optimism. HOPEPUNK was born as a reaction to a Trump White House. It’s catching on.

Muhammad Yunus , who won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for creating micro loans for poor people in his native Bangladesh, is a big fan of something called social fiction, which is where HOPEPUNK essentially comes from. His belief, and I believe him, is that if we put positive ideas into popular culture, we will create positive changes in the wolrd. That’s what my book is about.

I actually wrote my book long before the rise of HOPEPUNK. My inspiration was the Arab spring. Which inspired the Occupy movement.

But you’re probably tired of me, already, so maybe I should just STF up, right?

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yupolowake

2 points·6 hours ago

Didn’t read a word of that except the last line and you’re right about one thing, you should shut the fuck up

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Cuzcopete

4 points·15 hours ago

So what’s up with the goofy 1950s tv “paleface” rhetoric?

As I say to my University students when evaluating their essays: get to the point before you lose your audience. You can simply explain that you are an author, have written a work of fiction partially based on your own experiences growing up in Canada among First Nations people, and hope it will be read.

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brainslam

1 point·14 hours ago

I’ve written professionally for more than 30 years. I learned one thing worth keeping when I was in j-school – hook ’em, or lose ’em.

You have your way of writing, I have mine.

To be clear, are you saying that using the word “Indian” does not fly here in Indian Country? I do want to be clear about that (you specifically used the term First nations people).

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Cuzcopete

2 points·14 hours ago

The general term for Indigenous peoples in Canada is First Nations, in the US it is Native American. However it’s always best to use the actual tribal name. For example: Dine instead of Navajo, Lakota rather than Sioux, Inuit in place of Eskimo etc.

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brainslam

1 point·13 hours ago

I did specify that my hometown is on Ojibwa territory.

I am well ware of what the general terms are in Canada and the USA. Given the name of this forum, I assume that the people who started it are generally fine with Russell Means’ quote,:

“The one thing I’ve always maintained is that I’m an American Indian. I’m not politically correct”

I am not politically correct, either. But this is your place, and I am an interloper, so I will abide by whatever rules you set. Somehow,though, I suspect not everyone here has a problem with the word Indian, yeah? Just checking.

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pithyretort

6 points·11 hours ago

There’s a big difference between not being “politically correct” when talking about your own identity/story/culture and when talking about the identity/story/culture of others.

Given that you don’t seem to have figured that out yet, I don’t think your assumptions are going to get you very far.

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brainslam

1 point·10 hours ago

I am asking if there is unanimity about the use of the word Indian. According to this, written by a mod of this sub, there is not:

https://www.reddit.com/r/explainlikeimfive/comments/54xh81/eli5why_are_native_americans_still_referred_to_as/

I am also tryng to put forward what could be a solution to the Redskins name arguments, one which could make life better for your people. SOME of your people.Maybe quite a few.

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Herminigilde

3 points·5 hours ago

You said you’re new to Reddit, so here’s a tip (on the off chance that you’re telling the truth). Most subs have rules. Read the rules. On some subs breaking the rules will get you reported, your post removed or you permanently banned

I can virtually guarantee you’ve been reported several times today. Go read the rules

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