“Forget Winnetou!” An Upcoming #Documentary on Native Stereotypes in #Germany
by Red Haircrow
“Whether from novels, non-native historians and so-called native experts, US systematic, institutional racism and white privilege caused the spread of misinformation and misinterpretation of natives around the world. In the US, native stereotypes and Eurocentric perspectives at times nearly subsumed real natives and their reality.
From kindergarten to post-doctoral university, misinformation and skewed history has miseducated generations. Whether in books, film, pop culture and fashion or on sport fields as mascots, native identities have been stolen, and that theft justified with a sense of ownership and superiority. Disregard or dismissal of native concerns continues to be widespread, along with minimization of the challenges native peoples face to represent and present themselves due to resistance. These attitudes and behaviors also spread to and flourished in Germany. However, Germany presents a unique opportunity for reeducation for several reasons….”