It looks as though Andre 3000
has caught the attention of the Native American Cultural Center of San Francisco
It seems as though this group has taken offense to Andre 3000 performing his hit single, Hey Ya, with him and his dancers (to quote the article)
"while dressed in fake and garrish Indian
One of the board members is quoted as calling the performance the "most disgusting set of racial sterotypes aimed at the American Indians
that I have ever seen on TV". CBS also said they were offended.
I hope you noticed that I italicized the word Indian
. My problem is this: Indians
are from India
. I can halfway see ignorant people outside of the Native American culture mis-using the term, but Native Americans
If you don't know the story
: Christopher Columbus had no idea of North or South America. He was trying to sail West and find a quicker route to India. So, when he landed in what he ended up naming "San Salvador", he assumed the people he ran up on were Indians...from INDIA. He was actually politicking with members of the Taino Ethnic Group in the Bahamas south of Florida. Fast forward several hundred years, people are still calling Native Americans...you guessed it, INDIANS.
So instead of being mad at someone else stereotyping you, don't let others (including yourself) identify you by a name that is NOT yours.
The better move to make would be to not let Native American artists get lumped together where folk artists compete against drummer for the same award.
And for the record, I have a Native American along with African heritage, so have a close connection
with being a "Native" American in more ways than one.
Hello to all who have a true love and curiosity for Hip Hop music and its parent culture. My name is Joey Pinkney. I've been planning exactly how I was going to execute this operation. But, amid all that is happening in Hip Hop...I can't just let all these interesting happenings go by without me adding my 2 cent. (If 50 doesn't have to use an "s", I don't either!)