It’s so incredibly weird how everything ends up being compared to “things Black people got to have” — even things that actually didn’t do much for Black people’s circumstances

I think comparing Haaland to Obama is silly for big and small reasons
I also don’t forget the Black Native folks who asked that she not be nominated because of her support for anti-Black policies in Indian Country
But even if we accept the premise that Black America had this Obama moment that had real material meaning (we didn’t — Black people got poorer) — Haaland isn’t going to be president and that means something in a country that’s colonized Indigenous land
But also I want to reject the anti-Blackness of the underlying premise which is “Black people get to have everything first.”

It’s gross. Stop it. There are complex incomparable reasons why non-Black Indigenous paths have been different and those should be uniquely recognized.

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