Saturday, March 03, 2007

Of Cherokees & Former Slaves: Other reactions

Here are some links to some interesting reactions in the blogosphere to the story that the Cherokee Nation may expel its former slaves.

Cherokee voters may remove descendents of freed slaves off of their blue Cherokee citizenship cards

What we’re gonna do right here is go back…WAY back…back into time…

Cherokees, along with Choctaws, Chickasaws, Creeks and Seminoles, were long known as the “Five Civilized Tribes” because they adopted many of the ways of their white neighbors in the South, including the holding of black slaves.

clipped from
How Whites Shape Black-Indian Relations
What I found interesting about the Washington Post article on the vote was the way that it showed how the stage for the present situation was set in significant part by the actions of white people and their governments. And this stage-setting happened in complex ways that can't be reduced to seeing the wrong outcome of today's vote as a simple transferrence of white racism.

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