Minority Portrayal: Forgotten and Misused

When it comes to minority portrayal in the United States, stereotypes run rampart. As race continues to be a defining factor for who receives power and privilege in the United States, the portrayal of many minorities defines their ability to succeed. Upon analyzing the portrayal of Native Americans in the United States, I came upon a realization of my current position.

Native Americans are suffering in America. Residing on reservations, the racial isolation leads to a forgotten minority group. With problems such as alcoholism and teen pregnancy, the unfortunate reality that Native Americans are struggling is perpetuated.

I find it interesting that people in America are willing to adopt Native American fashion, but they are unwilling to address Native American problems. Continuing to wear costumes on Halloween of Native Americans, there is a clear disconnect in the United States. Why is it that Asians are portrayed using the model minority myth, but Native Americans are portrayed as costumes.

The lack of sensitivity for Native American history can be the main reason for this truth. When looking at some “African Americans” in the United States, they self identify as black. I personally, have Cherokee and Blackfoot running through my veins but I do not say this often. The forgotten Native American community is shown in the way many black people identify themselves. Why don’t black with Native American in their blood address it?

Native Americans are suffering from oppression that has touched the lives of many, but been addressed by few. Black people must stop shying away from their Native American heritage and embrace it. Until all Americans address and embrace the Native American culture, there will be no upward mobility in this realm.