Wednesday, June 22, 2005

We prefer our vices white

I was watching television last night when I saw a commercial for this local casino. I don't recall the specific language used in the commercial, something to the effect of "non-tribally owned" was displayed on a graphic, but if you refer to the link they describe themselves as "the first Non-Tribal casino in Washington state." That's a slightly less obvious way of saying "not Indian owned" without sending up any immediate red flags, and obviously it works to the extent that local television stations and cable providers run this racially tainted commercial.

For those of you who've missed the early show and don't read the archives, racism directed against Indians is so pervasive and is such an ingrained part of American pop culture that it is frequently accepted without notice.

Imagine a commercial in Georgia plugging a business as "non-black."