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RACE: Couldn’t a real Native American be found to play Tonto?

Letter by David J. Iyall, Olympia on July 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm with No Comments »
July 10, 2013 12:00 pm

The latest fiasco involving Paula Deen is horrible. You would think that in the year 2013 we would not have to put up with the shortcomings of racists in our national media. Her products should be taken off the shelves of our stores as a way of public protest, a way of saying the American public just won’t put up with this type of behavior anymore.

Along with Deen, maybe we should rethink buying “Lone Ranger” products as well. Isn’t it also racist to have a white person portraying a Native American in the movie? Johnny Depp has said that he must be some kind of Indian. Couldn’t Hollywood have found a true Native American to play Tonto?

I personally will not be watching this movie. And I hope that any who feel strongly about boycotting Deen will also see the injustice of Depp playing Tonto. How can any retailers take Deen products off their shelves but allow a white man dressed like a Native American with a painted face to line their pockets?

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