The Disney Store is now selling this racist consumerist garbage. This is precisely why all of Disney’s and Johnny Depp’s claims that they respect Native Americans and that they have been “making good” with Indians is total horseshit. Disney will make hundreds of millions of dollars off of the film and merchandise, and Depp will cash his massive paycheck, and Native peoples will be left with the continued legacy of misinformation and racist imagery.
If you’ve ever wondered what American Indians really think about Tonto, and not just what Disney claims we think about the character, here is some further reading to consider: ”An Open Letter to Johnny Depp’s Tonto” & “Johnny Depp as Tonto: I’m Still Not Feeling ‘Honored’”
THIS IS SHAMEFUL.
this is not okay.
Yellow Peril And The American Dream by Catherine Chung, and powerful and incisive essay about racism, white privilege, and how even the best of intentions can’t erase centuries of institutionalized prejudice. (via therumpus)
Saving this to read later — Chung’s Forgotten Country is one of the best books I read last year.