Fallin’s Cultural Amnesia, By Jimmy Lee Beason II
If you’re like me and regularly plug yourself into the internet, or as I like to call it “the Matrix”, then you have more than likely seen the picture of Christi Fallin, (daughter of Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin) rocking bright red lipstick along with a faux war bonnet complete with fake feathers, perched atop her bleached blonde noggin. This led to many boos and vociferous social media commentary over the pic and rightfully so. This led to a faux apology from Christi in the form of a “letter” that was kind of an apology but kind of not, which was vernacularly laced with the kind of diction only white privilege can create. The fact she was attempting to defend her idiotic actions only encouraged more criticism from the Native community.
Facebook comments percolated between Natives being apologists for her actions, while others called her a racist. Of course there were the Native and non-Native commentators telling everyone we shouldn’t be offended and to simply lay down and take it, citing new-aged pacifist philosophy. The response from either Christi or some other admin on their “Pink Pony facebook page” are reek with passive aggressive commentary turning themselves into the victims saying others are being “bullies.” Despite all the fake Hollywood persona and glitter, and their sordid attempts at separating themselves from the rest of the Oklahoma masses, it appears Pink Pony and Fallin are still just the same ol’ racist Okies Native people have come to know for the past 100 plus years.
In any case, between this and the mascot issue, Natives are tired of white people hating themselves to the point they want to be Native and let me tell you, being Native can be a hard road so you’d have to be “off the reservation” to want to be like us. But like the late Steve Irwin, it seems white people are not scared to journey into places they don’t really belong, even if it hurts them in the end. Hell, the country was founded on European illegals wandering into hostile “Indian” territory to carve out a life, leaving behind all their flaming worldly possessions back in Germany, England, Scotland or Ireland to morph into ‘Muricans.
But can we really be that upset with Christi’s antics that scream “look at me, I have a rock band!”? Perhaps it’s a little bit of a delayed teenage rebellion phase,(she’s 26) lashing out at her republican mother, who, for the most part has pissed off most anyone with a grain of common sense. With Gov. Fallin’s inadequate handling of the Baby Veronica case with the Cherokee Nation, to furthering policy that is essentially hostile to Native tribal governments, it seems to be a continued tradition within this family to stir up trouble among the Native population.