Corruption and Co-optation but hold the racism

I am re-posting this Pam Palmeter piece with some trepidation. In it she is highly, and rightly to my mind, critical of a number of former national and current regional chiefs for creating businesses in NB and other places that are not transparent and are too closely linked to extractive industries and the Harperites. One thing I do not want to happen is that this be used by white folks to say “here is another example of corrupt indigenous peoples” and “See, we told you they are all like that.” This kind of racism is bad to the bone. I also do not want this to be used by white folks to pander to the: Isn’t it great that some indigenous peoples can be business people and get things done just like white folks. Why can’t the rest of them?” This neo-liberal and racist view is just as bad as the first. I am posting this because Palmeter makes really good points about co-optation and greed. Remember these guys are politicians first and indigenous peoples second. They are out for themselves not for their people. Please read on….


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I am an anthropologist and Associate Professor who loves to play guitar and comment on social injustice in whatever form it may take
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