We live in a country, and in a world, where you’re judged on what you look like and where you’re from before being judged by your character. You’re also judged if you don’t meet specific “standards” of stereotypes, which has been promoted by ignorance. The President of the United States has been calling a member of the United States Senate Pocahontas for a while now, and that Senator has had enough.
In November 2017, President Trump gave a speech to Native American veterans in the White House commemorating their service to the military, and said the following, “You were here long before any of us were here… Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas…” How do you say this to a group of Native Americans? This isn’t the first time Trump called her Pocahontas.
Senator Warren wasn’t having it, and while giving a speech to the NCAI (National Congress of American Indians), one part of her speech was something we all needed to hear from a politician:
“In fairy tale, Pocahontas saved John Smith from execution at the hands of his father, but that part was probably made up too. In fable, her baptism as Rebecca and her marriage to Jamestown settler are held up to show the righteousness of colonization. In reality, the fable was used to try to bleach away the stain of genocide.”
“The stain of genocide“. This is why Elizabeth Warren is one of the greatest politicians in America at this very moment. She isn’t trying to hide the truth of American history, because that only allows ignorance and arrogance to fester. People begin to think that we’re 100% entitled to this land, when we really aren’t. White people weren’t here first, and some people find that hard to understand for some reason. White people are from Europe.
She isn’t a mouthpiece of the Democratic Party like many others are, she isn’t afraid to speak truthfully about our dark history. She has a core set of values, American values. She is a leader in the American Resistance and, unlike some Democrats, continue to hold town-halls and speeches about why we need to keep fighting. Not just fighting Trump and his Administration, but fighting for what we believe in. Her words and her messages aren’t tailored just for her re-election campaign in Massachusetts either, it’s for all Americans. Elizabeth Warren has a grand vision for this country, and I doubt remaining in the Senate is part of it.