Steven Salaita: Nothing scarier than a nervous white man: The “Redskins” debate is really about white privilege – Salon.com

Modern AfroIndio Times

The Redskinsmascot is a powerful symbol and progenitor of majoritarian angst in today’s United States.Much has been said about the deleterious effects of the Redskins mascot on Native communities; supporters of the mascot demand that its opponents quit being so uptight or politically correct the stupidest and most insidious red herring in the American lexicon. I am uninterested in rehashing this debate. I instead would like to argue that the redskin has little to do with actual Indians and almost everything to do with the peculiar disquiet of a whiteness perceived to be in decline.Whiteness has always been defined in contradistinction to the invented authenticity of the Indian, who is typecast as barbaric but romanticized as the shamanistic guide to North America’s indigenous spaces, those mystical geographies of the settler’s overactive imagination. We see the same phenomenon in the Zionist appropriation of ostensibly Oriental culture, as when an

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