This article really caught my attention, after watching the movie on Wounded Knee I realized that there was a reoccurring theme for both events. In this news article two Native Americans were victims of a shooting, this event stirred up old affairs between Natives and Whites once again. What stirred up the most conflict was the fact that white officials denied that this tragedy could’ve been a hate crime, When the Arapaho community tried to support this theory officials said it had nothing to do with race and quickly dismissed the idea.
I feel like this article is relevant because after the intense history we have with the natives, they are still treated like a minority. It was stated from Arapaho tribe members that had the victims been white Americans officials would’ve handled the matter a lot differently. The shooter told the police he had gone looking for “park rangers” which according to tribal officials is a slur term for homeless Indians. However, an arrest affidavit played down any racial motivation, saying that the shooter was “targeting transient people regardless of race.” With this said I can definitely understand why the Natives think this could’ve been a hate crime and should certainly not be ignored.
Do you think the shooting was in fact a “hate crime” or that it was merely a coincidence the two victims were Native Americans? Why?