BE...OR...NOT TO WANNA BE – (With apologies to
More and more, and yet still more, I
am hearing, from nearly all spectrums of the Native American “Family”, the
accusation thrown at people who have no Native American blood in them, or
some with lower percentages yet they wish to recognize this heritage(s).
The more I dwell on this, the more it burns me up. First of all, I detest
folks who use any type of disparagement toward people who seek to learn as
well as acknowledge their racial heritage, no matter the “race”.
Next, it is – to me – astounding that that certain Native Americans would
get so upset over this, you would think they would be proud, as well as
grateful, that the descendants of those who thought them as “godless
savages” have finally discovered and wish to discover more of the beauty
of various Native American cultures/histories, as well as their
spiritualities and ways of walking the earth’s paths along with how Native
Americans perceive “the world”.
Look, to use the “wanna-be” phrase as an negative accusation is very
stupid in the first place. Why? Because every person ever born, including
all Native Americans, live now or ever will be born – Wants To Be
Something or Someone, and its always something other than what they are.
Every child wants to be, a firefighter, a nurse, a doctor, a
warrior…whatever, when they grow up.
Every one wants to be rich –
Check it out – some whites want to be as “cool as the blacks” –
The French wannabe Superior to all –
Some Native Americans wannabe Federally Recognized –
Popes wannabe Infallible –
Presidents wannabe right…sometime, just once –
Cardinals wanna be Pope –
Christians wanna be saved –
Suzys wanna be like Britney (gag!) Spears –
Freds wanna be like Joe Montana –
And I wanna be like Bill Gates!
Everyone wants to be like someone else, so if people “wanna be” Native
American or like Native Americans, take pride as a People that they do.
Take pride as individuals that they do, for it shows that someone other
than yourself believes you are worthy of such admiration and emulation…
And get off this “Wanna Be” War!!!