Gyasi Ross, ICTMN’s Editor at Large, appeared on All In With Chris Hayes last night to address Donald Trump’s candidacy and, specifically, Trump’s 1993 quote, “They don’t look Indian,” as part of the presumptive Republican Presidential Candidate’s reoccurring shtick.
Hayes opened the segment by bringing up the opening of Foxwoods resort and casino in Connecticut, which presented competition to Trump’s casinos in Atlantic City. “Under federal law,” Hayes went on, “Native Americans don’t pay taxes on casinos located on their land.” In 1993 Trump sued the federal government by arguing that the law gave an unfair advantage to a certain class of citizen.
Trump was called to testify before Congress and got into a heated exchange with Representative George Miller. That’s when Trump delivered his infamous phrase, “They don’t look Indian.”
Hayes followed the video clip of the exchange by soliciting comments from Ross, and referred to Trump as the “great determiner of who has what ancestry.”
Ross, a Blackfeet Nation citizen, responded, “This is not a new script at all. … In many ways Native people have historically served as the canary in the coal mine in regards to racial relations and this is no different.
ICTMN has the full story, video below.
Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says
The Redhead occasionally watches FNX (First Nations Experience) network, off one of WYCC’s subchannels out of Chicago. By looks, I can’t tell who is a Native American an who isn’t unless they are wearing traditional ceremonial garb. After all, Native Americans range from the Arctic to the tip of South America, and without traditional garb, usually look like any other citizen of their country, especially one with a large pool of immigrants like the US.
Your bigotry is showing DT.
If you mean Donald Trump, yes, he is bigoted, and I’m aware it’s not always easy to know someone’s origins, however, we are talking about specific nations here.