WHEW! I am NOT a racist!
Since practically everyone who is Caucasian is now a racist if they ever say anything negative about someone who isn’t Caucasian, even when, and sometimes especially when, what is said has nothing to do with race, but rather, say, political policy or something insignificant like that, imagine my great surprise to find out that I have just enough minority blood in me to allow free speech.
It is a fact: I am 1/16th Cherokee. And proud of it.
I always wanted to be a Native American when I was growing up. (Back then Native Americans were called something quite racist – apparently – but in actuality is simply a geographical mistake perpetuated by that horrible Caucasian Christopher Columbus, who I honestly don’t know if he was racist at all, since I don’t know him personally, but I choose to call him geographically challenged rather than racist – and honestly, I can’t find my way out of a paper bag myself, so I truly can’t call Columbus geographically challenged on a sliding scale since I’m the worst at directions and rely heavily on my in-dash GPS and sometimes don’t even trust that to get me where I’m going. Just saying.)
ANYWAY…I read a lot of Westerns growing up and I thought the white man was despicable. So I was thrilled to find out my true heritage when I was around fourteen years old.
100% 1/16th Cherokee.
Now. I look really Caucasian. So some people might be confused by my heritage. So I have to point it out to them now – since discovering this fun fact:
Ashley Herbert is the new “Bachelorette.”
Yes. Let’s all take a moment and yawn.
Anyway, the show has been accused of being racist because they don’t have any minorities as kings or queens (the pickers).
Let me just say this about that: Whatever your ethnicity, be glad if you choose to skip this experience. You are the better for it.
But when I read the Deseret News article detailing the accusation, I saw this quote:
In the Entertainment Weekly interview, Fleiss said he believed the new “Bachelorette,” Ashley Hebert, was one-sixteenth “Cherokee Indian, but I cannot confirm. But that is my suspicion.”
YAY! Finally, being 1/16th Cherokee has its benefits!
I should apply for minority funding on something.