Vanilla

“By the mid-1800s the policies for dealing with the “Indian problem” had found their justification in popular literature, which helped to establish the myth of the monolithic “Indian” without regard for the distinctions of more than 2,000 different cultures, languages, and value systems that the concept represented… Readers of this fare were already conditioned to see the natives portrayed in a manner that justified their elimination as a barrier to Western expansion.”Racism, Sexism, and the Media (Wilson II, Gutiérrez, Chao, 2013, page 56-57)

I chose this photo because it shows the magnitude of the Native American’s  various tribes and how diverse these people actually used to be before the creation of the United States of America. By generalizing all “Indians” as one, this made the dehumanization and eventual elimination of our forefather’s new perceived enemies a non-issue. Each one of these tribes had their own unique flavor which was ultimately marginalized to that of vanilla; just plain ordinary and having no special differences, which couldn’t be further from the truth.

-Edgar Nava

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