May 18th, 2015 Last Updated on: May 18th, 2015
This morning on the local news in Los Angeles, I woke up to a video being played of California Congreswoman of the 46th District – Loretta Sanchez, making the usual whoop whoop stereotype of Native Americans. She was originally referring to Indian Americans and made the whoop whoop gesture so that her audience wouldn't confuse who she was talking about. This is making National news because Loretta is currently running for the U.S. Senate seat of California!
Heres what Native Comedian – Jim Ruel had to say:
“Is she a writer for Adam Sandler? I don't know who Loretta is but I'm guessing this is part of a larger pattern of degrading remarks that she let's sleep. I'm guessing her apology is utter nonsense in that she knows nothing about our community. She says we are ‘great' yet I doubt she has a single example to back up that adjective. Simply put if she knew our community she wouldn't have done that gesture. Los Angeles has the largest urban Native American population in the country. And we are not those horrible stereotypes from the old hollywood westerns. She may not have intended mockery but that's how it comes across” – Jim Ruel (Bay Mills Ojibwe)
Like any major politician who fumbles in the political arena, Sanchez is expected to release a statement and apologize, the question is, would you accept? And plus, I was already going to vote for Kamala Harris, our current State Attorney General of California is who also running for that same U.S. Senate seat.
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