Category Archives: History

I am. Woman.

What does it mean to be a woman? 

Humans have been asking this same question for thousands of years. Some of the best minds have pondered this question, but missed the mark.

Some have said, to be a woman is to be inherently inferior to man.

Some have said, a woman is an imperfect man. Little more than a slave. 

Some  have said, women are like children. 

The list honestly goes on. It’s an exhaustive list that goes back thousands of years in various cultures.

But none of these cultures answered the question. 

That’s because the question is open ended. Being a woman is not a job. There is no description of responsibilities and characteristics.

We’re in the year 2018. I think it’s about time we stopped assigning static ideas to fluid concepts, like being a woman. 

If being a woman, truly meant all of the things the great men (and women) of old used to think it meant, then women would not have been able to achieve all of the amazing things they’ve done to-date.

Women are not inferior. Women are not treasures. Women are people. 

Women are a people whose history of oppression has affected their opportunities to do everything that men can do. At the same time, rebellious women have made monumental changes in history.

The topic, “Rebel Women,” will highlight all of the rebellious women from the past, until now, who have changed history.

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Mis-Labeling an Entire Race–the Undying Face of Euro-centrism

Everyone knows that in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Everyone knows that he had every intention of arriving in India in order to gain an upper hand in the spice trade. Everyone also knows that he never really owned up to his mistake so everyone who came after him also referred to the indigenous peoples of the Americas as Indians.

Everyone knows this now. So why do people STILL refer to the indigenous people of America as Indians? Can we please stop? I hate having to go through this:

You: “So, I ran into an Indian the other day.”
Me: “….an India Indian, or a Native?”
You: “The Native Indians.”
Me: “….”

Allow me to draw a comparison here: Calling an indigenous person an Indian is similar to calling an African American, a negro. I get it, labels are confusing, and it’s not like each group of people have a spokesperson to tell you which name is best for everyone. But what matters is that you try, and you are aware that labels can be damaging.

Calling an indigenous person an Indian is disrespectful to their ancient culture. Their people were settled in the Americas for at least 10,000 years. This was years before any European guy ‘discovered’ the place, and placed an ignorant name upon an independent and proud race of people.

In continuing to mis-label these people, not only are we disrespecting their ancient culture, we’re also perpetuating the false supremacy of European culture.

Yeah, I get it. You’ll have to consciously change the way you speak, but isn’t it worth it? I used to refer to Natives as Indians when I was young, because that’s what I was taught. We’re all taught to mis-label these people, but we can make the choice to stop.

Labels have power, and we all know this from the struggle of black people in America. From Colored, to Negro, to African American. The struggle continues to find the appropriate label for black people in America, because our culture was taken from us. We’re in a constant battle with ourselves, and others to figure out where we belong, and what we should be called. To read more about the black American struggle, click here.

In the same way, Natives were robbed of their ancestral lands, slapped with a label, and pushed to the margins of American history. But American history IS their history. The United States of America is an infant aberration of THEIR history.

What many Americans today don’t understand is that Natives are more American than any of us. But due to the slave trade and the influx of millions of immigrants in the 19th century, this land is home to about 325 million people.

But did you know that half of the population lives in just 9 states? California, Texas, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Georgia and Florida.

There are just 2.9 million Indigenous people in America. There are about 2.3 million people who identify as indigenous and another race.

Because there are just 5.2 million Indigenous people, and half of the population of the United States lives in just 9 states, there must be more the United States government can do as far as land reform goes, to right its wrongs.