Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Condition. Discussion »
There is a "take our country back" movement in the United States. Even though American Indians could have justifiably begun their own "take back the country" committee a long time ago, I don't know one American Indian who is now part of the current movement.
As an American Indian, I resent this kind of talk out of those who are trying to get back into power, especially coming out of the mouth of Mitt Romney, who aspires to be our next president. I have heard him use the phrase in most of his stump speeches. I have heard him make the claim on television and even the one time I covered his campaign earlier this year in my hometown.
Oddly enough, Romney or others who use the statement repeatedly never quite get around telling Americans who is suppose to relinquish the country. They simply speak in this code talk: "We are going to take back our country back." We can only assume.
Publically they never come out and tell us what they mean by saying they want the country back at least in public. After hearing the 47 percent secret video tape, one really wonders what is said behind closed doors about having a non-Caucasian president.
If, in fact, they are referring to the fact the United States elected its first African American president four years ago, I find the statement to have racial overtones.
Unfortunately, America is still a divided country down racial lines. One could argue it always has been. I know American Indians argue this. Last week, the Washington Post reported this election is one of the most lopsided elections in history with it split down racial lines.
I remember the pride many Americans had when Barack Obama was elected on election night in 2008. It was almost as if it could be said "America finally got it right power should be shared in this country."
Within days of President Obama taking the oath of office and becoming our 44th president, there were some who vowed to make sure he was a one-term president. Some even suggested at the risk of a complete economic recovery, the gamble would be justified as long as Barack Obama was defeated this year. Here was a highly Harvard educated man, who they simply hated before he virtually began to govern.
It was then we began hearing we want to "take our country back." Then it became the rallying cry for Tea Party folks in the United States.
At first impulse, as an American Indian, I found the statement laughable. I no longer think the statement to be laughable, because I think the statement is racist in nature.
Caucasians really don't want to share power. It is why there have been less than 10 American Indians ever elected to Congress in the United States of America entire history.
When you vote during this year's election, beware of the code talk from those who say we want "to take our country back." It is time to call the statement what it is: Racist in nature. We need to totally refute and reject such talk.
posted October 30, 2012 12:20 pm edt