Brown supporters’ fun not funny to Native American
It’s a good thing Bruce Oakes wasn’t at his usual haunt last week when a group of overly enthusiastic Scott Brown supporters started doing the tomahawk chop outside the Eire Pub in Dorchester. Oakes is an Eire regular. He’s also a Native American, a Mohawk, and he wasn’t amused when he heard about the war whoops outside his local. It irks Oakes when some people suggest that Native Americans are too sensitive, too easily offended. It comes down to something that a lot of Americans don’t like to be reminded of: Native Americans had their land stolen. They had their culture brutally repressed. They were pushed aside. They were ripped off. You can make all the jokes you want about casinos and reparations. Native Americans got a raw deal.