or, “In Which the Cherokee are Racist”
Several events of note this week in the Knott’s Berry Farm of American Politics:
1. Stephen Colbert will not be on the ballot, which makes us sad.
2. Ralph Nader is suing the DNC, which makes us happy.
3. Ron Paul appears to be maintaining momentum, which makes us hopeful.
4. And we discovered that Kucinich wants the U.S. gov. to cease recognizing the Cherokee nation because…(drum roll)
…they’re racist. No joke.
“The Cherokee Nation has received a great deal of heated criticism for its decision to eject the black freedman from their national rolls. The freedmen are the descendants of blacks who were once held as slaves by some wealthy members of the Cherokee Nation. Under a Cherokee treaty of 1866, the Cherokees agreed to make the freedmen citizens of the Cherokee Nation; the freedmen were also supposed to be given a district of their own in order to have some degree of self-rule.
Today, however, the Cherokee Nation argues that its right of self-determination gives it the right to disregard these treaty provisions. The Cherokee response to the controversy has been twofold: 1. Every Indian nation has the right to determine its own citizenship; and 2. Only people with ”Indian blood” ought to be allowed to be citizens of the Cherokee Nation.
(from Indian Country Today)
Here’s a great article on the subject from Salon.
5. This joke is a little tired, but something about the cranky penguin in this cartoon made me laugh, and more or less summed up my feelings about politics in general: