Recently, alt-left culture warriors turned their ire against a clothing store in TN, threatening the proprietors (one of whom is a country singer). They vandalized the shop and then the hate-filled activists stole an expensive-looking teepee that the owners used as a symbol of their “tribe” (the tribe being those who like and buy their wares). Theirs is a small business, the type usually loved by anti-capitalists. The owners apparently strive to ensure that all of their offerings are made in the USA. You’d think they would be the darlings of progressives. But, they’re white.
On the 127th anniversary of the Wounded Knee Massacre, an anonymous indigenous group reclaimed a large Tipi from outside of ‘Tribe Kelley’ in Nashville, leaving in its place a banner reading OUR CULTURE IS NOT A FASHION STATEMENT and a letter (image attached [at the link]). They also ripped the Tipi cartoon out of their storefront sign. …
Speaking of the store co-owner’s professed (self-identified) Native American ancestry, the activists offensively proclaimed:
It’s obvious just by reading it that she has no connection to or knowledge of her ‘native heritage.’ Using terms so vague that group all of our nations into one giant plains ‘indian’ noble savage stereotype is racist. …
Where to begin?
- Can one be racist against one’s own heritage?
- To “reclaim” something implies that it was yours to begin with. Did the “anonymous (allegedly) indigenous group” own the tipi they stole?
- Are these alt-left, antifa-associated activists not themselves creating and perpetuating a racist stereotype? How can they know the proprietress has “no connection to” her heritage (which they put in quotes as if they don’t believe her self-identification)? Why do they disbelieve her? Because of her skin color?
- Are all people with white skin responsible for Wounded Knee, even those whose ancestors weren’t even in this hemisphere at the time?
- Isn’t it racist to group all of the white nations into one giant murdering oppressors stereotype?
- Aren’t these activists akin to domestic terrorists?
- Isn’t this the epitome of a hate crime?
Then there’s this:
You’ve got the picture. Or do you?
There are people besides the ancestors of this “anonymous indigenous group” whose own ancestors lived in tipi-like structures, in the New World as well as in the Old World.
Even without Native American blood, the store proprietors look as if they may descend from some of those other groups, although who can tell without knowing their family trees or seeing some DNA test results?
Might the store owners be of Scandinavian ancestry? They very well may be.
The image at the head of this post is not of a Native American tipi. It’s the coat of arms of the Kautokeino municipality. That’s in Norway. As in Europe. As in an area that’s the ancestral homeland of a good many white or whitish people (including some of my own ancestors). The aboriginals of that European region lived in tipi-like tents called lavvu, which are depicted on their coat of arms.
Below is an image from 1900 showing some of these white Europeans in front of their “tipi”:
Here’s another image for comparison:
These tents very much resemble a Native American tipi. They were/are the homes of Scandinavians. Finns. Sami. Lapps. People who speak Uralic languages. European languages. White people. Actually, you can’t get much whiter.
When you consider that Scandinavians arrived in the New World before some Native Americans (and some white “tribes” arrived perhaps long before many Native Americans), when you look at the similarities between Scandinavian and aboriginal European dwellings (like lavvu and long houses) and Native American structures and dwellings, then you might begin to wonder which culture appropriated from the other.
How did the antifa vandals in TN know that the store owners weren’t hearkening back to their own aboriginal European ancestry when they put up that tipi?
Why do progressives, alt-lefters, antifa haters–or even just this one “anonymous indigenous group”–behave as if they speak for all Native American “nations,” as if everyone in or descended from any of these tribes thinks and feels as they do? I can tell you: they don’t speak for me. I honor all my ancestors.
What unites these activists isn’t “culture” or “nation.” Not unless you define culture as sharing a common hatred for those of another skin color.
Don’t be confused: What unites them all is their anti-white hatred. That’s becoming their culture. It’s beginning to look as if it’s all they have to cling to.
When (if) the authorities catch the guilty parties, will they be charged accordingly? Will they be charged with a racist hate crime, as they should be?
Don’t hold your breath.