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It always surprises me how little we are taught about Native Americans in school. I guess it’s not that surprising when most countries tend to hide the darker parts of their history. Once again race and sex are so interconnected and you can’t analyze one without thinking about the other. In this case, the violence against native women due to the white’s prejudice against them. The easiest way to kill off a group of people or culture is to go after their women. It’s also interesting to see their reaction to the hieratical structure of the Native Americans, where women are treated like a person who is equal to them. Molly is such an interesting character to see and read. She is confident and wants to hold on her own, but that comes with its own conflicts when the world reacts negatively to what she sees it not a big issue. I actually saw a tweet today that relates to the Andrea Smith text, “One time I was discussing
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lack of representation of Native people in, basically everywhere, but esp media and a Jewish friend said “Well there just aren’t many of them left” and I had to tell her there are more Natives in the US than Jewish people and she stopped talking to me” (@AzieDee). There are many things to unpack in this tweet. Firstly, the reason why the Jewish friend said that there aren’t very many Natives left is because she had the preconceived notion of what a “Native” should look like which is based on stereotypes. Secondly, this is another form of cultural suppression and oppression. We are fed the idea that Natives are a dying breed, which ultimately silences them. However, many people have been coming forward identifying as Native or part Native. Christianity has historically been used as a mechanism for suppressing and repressing various groups of people. In the Smith text, Eidsmoe contends that Christians never stole Indian land because their communities had not been “established by God,” ultimately giving them the right to push them out and eradicate them. He also makes the claim that by forcing them to join Christianity “‘millions of people are in Heaven today as a result.’” This kind of ideology still persists today. Firstly, this reminds me of when modern day Christians go to third world countries and have “mission trips.” These trips play into the white savior complex, in which white people, sometimes Christian, believe that it is their duty to “save” the rest of the world by imposing their ideologies and religions to other peoples. Too, it also reminds me of the prolife and anti-lgbtq+ movement within the church. Many Christians reason that abortion and homosexuality are sins, which in turn gives them the right to condemn and oppress women and people in the lgbtq+ community. In Rubyfruit Jungle, I see dualisms at work in the novel. For instance, Molly, the main character, is a tough young girl with stereotypically masculine features. She gets into fights, has several close guy friends, and curses significantly. This is a stark contrast from the typical contrasting dualism which is associated with femininity, such as docility and gentleness. This is common
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  • Native Americans in the United States, Indigenous peoples of the Americas

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