Everyone has views, opinions and a right to speech but do people’s views about Native come from ignorance or intentional racism? A commonly heard stereotype is “the drunken Indian”. I believe that alcoholism and addiction within the Natives has come from previous generations. In the past, Natives attended residential schools, lived in geographic isolation, suffered racism and the Indian Act. To some who endured these, it has caused them to turn to drugs, alcohol or other addictions. Not to say that there are many with huge dreams and are willing to fight for a different lifestyle, I believe the past is what’s holding some back. From this, I feel that is unfair for people to judge the Natives. As much as they are making these choices, I believe their ancestors are the result of the situations they are facing.
What do you think about the stereotype “the drunken Indian”?