a reply to: maddawg123
I hear you bro!
Things I experience as an Ojibwe person (and no 1 am not 1/1024 Anishinaabe but about as brown as they come) on a regular basis that my non Ojibwe
wife does not. Call it what you want, and no I do not go on the internet and create a thread about it every time it happens either. I just choose to
shake my head instead.
1) Hotel rentals - Usually when I check into a hotel, I am warned sternly about the hotel's non partying rules and am even sometimes told that
alcohol is not allowed in the rooms. When my wife is with me traveling it is just easier to send her in first to check in ... with sometimes a
bottle of wine visible in her luggage.
2) Renting a house - Back when we were first married I learned really quickly that rental properties are not as hard as I always thought they were to
come across as I learned really quickly they tend to be 'more available' when my wife inquires.
3) Expressing Political views - When people come to a site like this and proclaim MAGA it seems to be all in good stride. ... Often when I express
my political views with regards to first nations people, I am seen as a 'trouble maker' or some 'leftist libtard'
4) Dirty looks from serving staff in restaurants if I choose to order a beer with my meal. (My wife on the other hand is often asked if she would
5) Being asked for ID when I pay for something with my Amex gold card. (The last time I whipped it out at Walmart, the cashier looked shocked and
with our thinking said to me. "Oh is that yours?" ... and I have no animosity towards the cashier as she was most likely a high school kid, but even
at her age, society has kind of already reinforced that Indians do not have Amex gold cards
6) The assumption that I pay no taxes ... I have built a very successful business from the ground up ... and like most other Canadians pay almost
half my salary in taxes.
7) The assumption that I get free housing ... no I do not. My wife and I live in what we both think is a lovely home and will have it paid off
8) When approaching a roadside check stop, being asked right away to blow into a breathalyzer instead of being asked the usual, 'Have you had
anything to drink tonight, like my wife would be asked. .... And yes I know this is a gross violation of my rights here in Canada, but choose to
just blow instead as I have nothing to hide. If I start spouting off about my rights, I would most likely just be seen as a trouble maker and things
would most likely escalate)
9) I like to give back to my community and volunteer at the food bank ... there is often an assumption that I am a client and not a volunteer.
10) The assumption that I get cheap smokes and gas. ... #1 I choose not to smoke. ... and yes I can get cheaper gas and smokes if I want to
purchase them on a reservation. If I was to do this and play by the rules, that gas is to only burned in a car that does not leave the reservation,
and those smokes are to be only smoked on the reserve. Most people who go to the res to gas up and buy cartons of cheap smokes will deny it till that
cows come home that they are not doing anything wrong, but they are in fact breaking the law.
11) Being asked for ID from a police officer in the middle of the afternoon when I was picking my mail up at the post office downtown.
12) My wife and I have just purchased a Corvette for a 'fun summer driver' this last summer. I have been pulled over 7 times and asked for a
license, registration, proof of ownership and proof of insurance without even being told why I am being pulled over since we purchased the car ...
Again a gross violation of rights here in Canada, but if I start spouting off about rights will most likely be seen as a trouble maker and things may
escalate .... again I hand it over as I have noting to hide. This has not happened to my wife once!
13) ... This one BUGS me the most: "Being told that I'm one of the 'good Indian's', and am setting such a 'good example' for 'our youth'. My wife
is just as successful as I am and is never told this. In fact there are many successful humans out there who are excellent examples for youth, but
are not seen as some sort of 'token' due to the color of their skin.
Again some things I deal with going through life ... some on a daily basis. Call it what you want, but I choose to call it REALITY.