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Rob Goes Off The Reservation

Rob Port, longtime friend of this blog, is getting traction in the MSM regarding his being banned from the Turtle Mountain indian reservation.

Apparently, with no notice, due process or regard for First Amendment rights, the tribe just decided to ban Rob from the reservation.

Rob's crime? Calling it the way he saw it.

Posted by Ken McCracken · 17 May 2007 06:05 PM


Rob Port, racist.

It kind of cracks me up that Rob had the chutzpah to claim Native Americans "didn't know any better" when Rob's entire life has been one of receiving handouts.

Posted by: Jadegold at May 17, 2007 07:29 PM

Thank you for that trenchant analysis, Jadegold.

Inspiring, as always.

Posted by: Ken McCracken at May 17, 2007 07:32 PM

There's nothing racist in Rob's article, unless you define racism to include pointing out how government entitlement systems have failed minorities.

Posted by: Bigfoot at May 17, 2007 09:52 PM

It is absolute racism, BF.

I'm more than passingly familiar with Rob Port's hometown; it'd be very easy for me to do as Rob did and seek out those poorer areas in Rob Port's town and write an article saying that conservatism has caused all these people to be poor. But that would be dishonest.

That's exactly what RobPort has done. And that's the definition of racism--to reinforce stereotypes or mischaracterizations of a specific group.

But what continues to be amusing is that Rob Port is the very embodiment of entitlements.

Posted by: Jadegold at May 18, 2007 06:24 AM

"And that's the definition of racism--to reinforce stereotypes or mischaracterizations of a specific group."

Well, I guess it is a good thing that Rob wasn't talking about stereotypes or mischaracterizations, then.

The reservation is in an abysmal state, and that is not Rob's fault.

Nor is he racist for pointing that out.

Your calling it racist in your typical knee-jerk, Pavlovian way does not make it so.

Hey, Jadegold, aren't you bored with WILLisms.com and us yet?

I know we are getting bored of you.

Posted by: Ken McCracken at May 18, 2007 07:05 AM

Free Rob Port!

Posted by: Will Franklin at May 18, 2007 08:16 AM

Jadegold knows nothing about my hometown except what he can probably find on the internet.

Jadegold's always doing that. Pretending to know more about a situation than he really does. Like that crack about me taking handouts. I haven't taken a handout in my life, but I'm sure Jadegold will pretend to know otherwise.

Posted by: Rob at May 18, 2007 10:16 AM

Oh no you're wrong Rob.

Jadegold knows everything.

Posted by: Ken McCracken at May 18, 2007 10:59 AM

I haven't taken a handout in my life, but I'm sure Jadegold will pretend to know otherwise.

Come now, Rob. Your life has been one long handout.

Again, it's pretty easy to go to rural areas around Minot, ND and find poor people--especially farmers. Are farmers poor because they don't work hard? Are they poor because they take subsidies ("handouts")? Of course not; in fact, I'd offer that farmers are probably among the hardest-working folks in society. Yet, many family farms are failing. The reasons transcend working hard and entitlements.

Similarly, many on Indian reservations are poor for similar reasons having nothing to do with being lazy or getting subsidies.

What Rob Port has done is naked racism.

Posted by: Jadegold at May 18, 2007 12:08 PM

Just out of curiosity, where is it written that Rob Port (or any other non-Indian) has the right to live or hang out on the few small remaining scraps of sovereign Indian land?
As an NDN, I have no problem with non-NDNs expressing an opinion on NDN issues, even negative opinions. Lord knows my tribe, the Cherokee, has gotten nothing but negative publicity this year. But the Chippewa are a sovereign nation and one of the defining characteristics of Federal treaties with Indian tribes (other than the fact that the Federal gov't never ever abides by them) is that NDNs get to decide who comes on their land. Obviously, the First Amendment gives Port the right to say or publish anything he wants, regardless of whether or not other people might be offended by it, but he doesn't have the right to squat in Indian Country while he's writing it.

Posted by: The Local Crank at May 19, 2007 02:39 PM

I don't think anyone said Rob Port has a 'right' to be on Indian lands.

But just kicking someone off the reservation for pointing out conditions there, and in doing so violating procedures set by the tribe itself, sure seems petty and thin-skinned.

It makes the tribal leadership look like petulant cowards.

Posted by: Ken McCracken at May 19, 2007 03:52 PM

Ken is still mourning his hero, Jerry Falwell. How else to explain why he continues to defend Rob Port's racism?

One can go to poor areas across this nation and find examples of poverty and hopelessness. When you pin the cause on an entire race--that's racism.

Posted by: Jadegold at May 19, 2007 04:58 PM

blah blah blah RACISM blah blah blah, blah RACISM blah blah RACISM blah blah

Verrrry effective rhetorical technique right there.

I'm convinced.

Posted by: Ken McCracken at May 19, 2007 06:12 PM

Free Rob! ...

Posted by: zsa zsa at May 21, 2007 01:57 PM

Posted by: guitar tab at May 23, 2007 05:07 PM

Jadegold is responding in typical liberal fashion: a (presumably) white person makes a negative (yet true!) statement about a designated minority. "Racist!", say the liberals.

Worse yet, Rob made (gasp!) moral judgments about the designated minority. "Racist!", cry the liberals, genuinely wounded now.

Also, notice the typical liberal response (by the Indians, in the linked article) to criticism of a designated minority: to point out the good things about that group.

If Rob were describing the squalor of "po' white trash," no one, least of all Jadegold, would call him racist, because it's always fashionable to denigrate whites. We're the only group not allowed to have special interests--or even civil rights--in Modern America (and that goes double for Europe).

Posted by: Nathan Hale at May 24, 2007 06:46 PM