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Old 01-17-2007, 05:02 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Zambo View Post
...why am I someone who is a "waterblood" caring alot on my Native bloodline while thoughs who are 1/2 and 1/4 don't care
At the risk of being rather blunt, being able to "pass" has great advantages. We who are fair can structure our identity as we want, without the downside of falling within a phenotype treated by distrust or dislike by dominant culture. We don't walk around getting the "get away from me you dirty Indian" look, or being stopped for driving in the wrong part of town, or having the salesperson follow us through the store. We experience at least superficial inclusion from the institutions of larger society, so we concentrate on gaining a similar level on inclusion and participation within Native society.

It is quite understandable that those, who by virtue of phenotype do not have the option of escaping prejudice, might not wish to engage in activities that increase their feeling of separation.
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