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Dr. Sinclair Grey III – Why Black Americans Need To Stop Aligning Themselves With White Attitudes

For months, African-Americans have been arguing and debating over the Confederate flag. Because of the symbolic meaning of the Confederate flag, it is right for people who believe in equality and justice for all people to speak out. Even though you have people who are adamant that the Confederate flag doesn’t represent racism, the truth of the matter is that it does. As America tries to move forward, many people are questioning whether the Confederate flag or any hint of its historical meaning associated with school mascot names in the South can last? For a country that brags on its diversity, it’s time for America to wake and do the right thing.

Case in point – In the National Football League, the team known as the Washington Redskins continue to engage in a practice that’s degrading and dehumanizing to Native Americans. What’s even more troubling is that African-Americans, for the most part remain silent about this issue. Lets face it – if the team was called the ‘N word,’ protests and rioting would happen. If the name of the team had some kind of racial injustice towards Jews or Latino’s, the name would be changed. However, because Native Americans have been and continue to be stereotyped by the media and those within academia, no one really cares about their history and/or culture.

According to a story published in KultureKritic, Dr. Samori Swygert wrote in his article, When they tell you Go back to your country, “Let the record be clear, America was not European! This is a country of stolen land. This land was already occupied and inhabited by a civilization of natives prior to EUROPEAN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.” Simply put – whenever people fail to read history, two thing happen: 1. they will repeat mistakes and 2. they will allow people to abuse them.

Slavery and the Jim Crow era should have taught African-Americans that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. It’s amazing that so many people are quick to promote same-sex equality within the LGBTQ community, but refuse to say anything about the travesty happening to Native Americans. I find it pathetic and cruel that African-Americans walk around wearing Washington Redskins paraphernalia and yelling how much they support their team, but are cowards with regard to supporting indigenous people.

As a former resident of the Washington Metropolitan area, people would ask me how come I didn’t cheer for the home team? My response was simple – their mascot name is degrading. Just because you live in a particular area, it doesn’t mean you have to support a local team, especially when you know something is wrong. Oh, I need to drop this to fans of the Washington Football Team. When Jack Kent Cooke moved the team from Washington, D.C. to Landover, MD, why did he change the name of the city to Raljon? He, the former owner, loved your money, loved your support, however, when he moved the team he didn’t think enough of you to say Landover. He combined the name of his two sons and came up with a new city. Here’s what you need to know. Landover, MD was and still is a city that is predominantly African-American. It is also located within Prince Georges County – the wealthiest county for African-Americans in the United States. Note: The city was changed back to Landover when Daniel Snyder purchased the team.

With civil rights organizations and community activists speaking out against the Confederate flag, isn’t it time that we as African-Americans speak up for Native Americans? Isn’t it time that we as African-Americans join our Native American brothers and sisters in bringing about justice?

When Esquire ran an article on June 18th, 2014 that read Update: Yes, A ‘Redskin’ Does, In Fact, Mean the Scalped Head of a Native American, Sold, Like a Pelt, for Cash, they stated, “The fact remains that to many Native Americans, the term ‘redskin’ has long meant the act of our ancestor’s scalps being collected for bounty.”

In conclusion, what African-Americans must do is understand the history of the term ‘redskin’ and make a conscious decision to raise their voices. Gregory ‘Dawn Wolf” Woods, a Creek-African Indian states that the “N- word and the term Redskin are interrelated.” He goes on to say that “Indians never call themselves ‘Redskins’ because if so, you allow the practice to return.”

With that said, it’s time for African-Americans to stop aligning themselves with white attitudes.

Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, writer, author, life coach and radio/television talk show host (Tuesdays at 7pm). Contact him at www.sinclairgrey.org, drgrey@sinclairgrey.org or on Twitter @drsinclairgrey

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  1. Carol

    September 16, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Couldn’t agree more!

  2. Frtz

    September 17, 2015 at 12:49 am

    This is pure nonsense! What have so called Native Americans (except for the ones in from Florida) done for Black folks? These Native Ameticans were the last to hold Blacks as slaves in the USA. They had to be forced to release their Blacks and were paid. These Native Americans hunted runaway slaves for $25./head . They were suppose to give these enslaved Black some land, but just like the USA government were suppose to give each captive 40 acres and a mule; these Blacks who were enslaved by the Native American never got anything. If you really wanted Blacks to do the right things, you would find a way to help with the Stockholm Syndrome we are all suffering from. Shame on you Dr. S. Grey III. Black people are alone. We have no friends. Please watch Dr. Claud Anderson Powernomics and other lectures. Black people are the ones who are always telling others I got this blood or that blood. All the other groups never go around telling people they got Black blood. If you got some Native American blood, it was probably through rape, because a great great grandmother was rape during captivity just like the whites did to us. It was a common to BUCK BREAK Black men, while the other enslaved Blacks watched especially pregnant Black women were forced to witness those activities.

    • Geraldine

      September 17, 2015 at 1:06 am

      You are the one talking nonsense. Native Americans were very active during the Civil Rights Era. And there are organizations where we’ve all worked together. So please don’t soak what you dint know.

      • Geraldine

        September 17, 2015 at 1:10 am

        I meant don’t speak on what you don’t know. And most are mixed because during the “Trail of Tears” a lot of Natives ran into Black areas and passed. Blacks owned slaves too so your point is mute on that one.

      • L.Foster

        September 29, 2015 at 1:18 am

        I’ve seen where the natives had to be FORCED to give their ex-slaves’ descents right to vote in their councils or risk losing their autonomy by the federal government. These descendents had native blood in them dating back to slavery but we’re being denied equal rights. Explain this to us.

    • Nubiawoman

      September 20, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      While it is true that some Native Americans owned slaves, it was a very small minority of them, mostly the Cherokee, that did so. As I’m sure you know, America was home to millions of Native Americans, so it is best not to blame them all because a few of them did wrong.

      Many Native Americans are very interested in what has been happening recently, and they support us.

  3. hernandayoleary

    September 17, 2015 at 1:00 am

    Utter bull crap, black people don’t care anymore issues of any non-black. Blacks needs to get smart, and join whites in discriminating not trying to save the world.

  4. Geraldine

    September 17, 2015 at 1:03 am

    A lot of Americans of the African diaspora are also mixed with Native Americans. Thus, all the more reason we should be joining with our Native people. And don’t forget the Atlanta Braves. When you know better, you MUST do better. But our Native and Mexican American people must do the same with us.

    I’m sharing this because if it changes one person it’s a beginning.

    • GJ

      September 25, 2015 at 11:03 pm

      Thank you.

  5. Dr. J.S. With

    September 17, 2015 at 1:52 am

    I don’t agree at all with the dr. Sinclair. Black people are not suppose to take the burder of any oppressed group on their shoulders. When Blacks are protesting against police brutality or any other manifestation of racism, they get no support of the Native Americans. Longer than 15 years ago, a leader of the Native Americans said in an interview that he blamed White Americans as they treat his people as if they were Blacks. Black people all over the world have this very silly attitude to join every group who’s not white. What they don’t take into consideration is that a lot of these groups hate them more than Whites do. Blacks have enough trouble for themselves to resolve; it makes no sense at all to stimulate them to incorporate the troubles of others. Let the Native Americans resolve their own problems.

    • Nubiawoman

      September 20, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      That comment was made 15 years ago! A new generation of Native Americans has grown up, and many of them see that we all have to work together in order to defeat white privilege. We should support them as they should support us.

  6. IAR

    September 28, 2015 at 1:25 am

    What is the Native American perspective on this? Dr. Sinclair III, please run a piece showing us direct evidence that the Native American’s council feels, and is ready to take action towards, solidarity in the struggle. While I agree that the term is offensive, I maintain that we tackle such issues when there is indisputable truth of solidarity in the struggle. The fight should be alongside, not in place of.

  7. Tina Reed

    December 22, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    I myself is half native American and my mother’s people don’t claim us so let them deal with it, where our money, they gave it to whites with a drop of Indian in them. So no I will not help

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