I want the real deal not some biased view
December 23, 2010 10:06 AM Subscribe
Holiday Filter: My Racist Relative! I want to both educate myself & avoid conflict. Please help.
posted by anonymous to Grab Bag (33 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I will be at a holiday gathering this weekend and I will see a family member (Pat) who moved to the Pacific northwest USA some years ago. I am not at all familiar with that part of the world. Pat loves to talk about how the local American Indian (Native American?) tribes are a major problem - their casinos are horrible blights, they are all drunks, they overfish, they get "special rights", they are corrupt, flout laws, etc. While I have read that some reservations have problems (such as a high rate of alcoholism) I am having trouble believing that any one group is the source of an area's ills and that every population of humans anywhere is going to have troubles as nowhere is a Utopia. Problem is, I am fairly ignorant about this part of the world. I want to learn more so that I could "prove" Pat is wrong even if, as I fear, arguing with Pat would be pointless and I will just avoid Pat when possible.
Thank you and I apologize in advance if this post sounded ignorant. I am still shaken by a recent conversation with Pat which left me all WTF.