I was saddened to see a comedian on the Aboriginal People’s Television Network ridicule white people wanting to take part in First Nation ceremonies, labelling them as “wannabees” who wished they had a native heritage.
I was saddened for two reasons.
1. Racial slurs are seen as ok by some, when directed at white people. To me this reflects an unfortunate discrimination.
2. I was saddened that it bothered me. Perhaps it was the sincerity of the sarcasm that I sensed from the speaker, but I’d prefer that I could take it as humour and take or leave it on that merit.
I was blessed to be taught once upon a time by a First Nations elder that he believed the Creator intended that white and red and black and yellow and all cultures take the best from each other. I believe that pride in ancestory, when it assumes or implies a superiority over others, is divisive and unconstructive. DNA testing has shown we are all something like 99.95% identical, and perhaps all our ancestors are in common as little as 20-40,000 years ago.
We are all related.