What is permissible and what’s not permissible?
I don’t really know, SH. I don’t think that’s for me to decide.
How about a gift from an actual indigenous person, something accompanied by the blessings, as it were, of that person?
It just seems like there are so many traps for us average white people to fall into. What CAN we do without offending the people you defend?
I think you put this point beautifully. Yes, there are so many traps, and a sad thing is that the white folks who get far enough down the path toward the palace of racial wisdom to realize that point often stop at that wayside, afraid to go further for fear of offending someone.
I would say, be clearly sincere, open-minded, and goodhearted. My experience is that if you display those qualities, minor slip-ups are quickly forgiven. As for what else whites can do, I would say the most important thing to do is listen. Listen, listen, listen. We should stop implying to POC that we know what life is like for them, and that we already know what is best for them.
(by Macon D in teach their children to steal [from “Indians”] comments at Stuff White People Do)
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