Readers of this blog may recall Lucasfilm author and trans-racial cultural appropriator Rebecca Roanhorse who wrote Star Wars: Resistance Reborn. Roanhorse is often cited as being part Ohkay Owingeh and part African American. She was accused of the cardinal SJW sin, cultural appropriation, by Indian Country Today which published an article that claimed Ms. Roanhorse was not of Navajo descent despite writing about Navajos. We can only hope that if Lucasfilm ever produced a biopic about Jabba the Hutt, that they can find a Hutt to write the screenplay. We don’t need humans appropriating Huttese culture now.
But I digress.
But things may be taking a turn for the worse for Rebecca, who commonly expresses Lucasfilm’s required hatred of white people.
Rebecca discusses lineage options with a racial designer.
Apparently, investigative journalists have been looking into Ms. Roanhorse’s racial claims.
Well, the investigative journalist Acee Agoyo got back to work, and published the following article on indianz.com:
‘The Elizabeth Warren of the sci-fi set’: Author faces criticism for repeated use of tribal traditions
A popular author is facing renewed accusations of cultural appropriation after repeatedly using tribal stories and traditions without consent.
In her latest work, Rebecca Roanhorse describes herself as a being Native American from Ohkay Owingeh, one of the 19 Pueblo communities in New Mexico. But she is not a citizen of the federally recognized Indian nation, whose homelands are located in the northern part of the state.
Additionally, no one under the name Roanhorse, her married name, or that of Parish, her maiden name, is a citizen, Indianz.Com confirmed. And in public settings, she has told people she has never lived in the tribal community.
Despite the lack of formal or community ties to Ohkay Owingeh, whose leaders are regularly recognized for their contributions in arts, education and national policy, Roanhorse centers herself as a representative of the tribe to readers of science fiction and fantasy.
“She’s like the Elizabeth Warren of the sci-fi set,” Elena Ortiz, a citizen of Ohkay Owingeh, told Indianz.Com, comparing Roanhorse to a more recent example of a prominent political figure whose prior claims of a Native identity have often detracted from otherwise well-grounded efforts to advance tribal causes.
“What she wrote,” Ortiz said, “bears no resemblance to that story, what the message is, what it’s trying to teach us about Pueblo people and about our communities and ourselves.”
Ortiz thinks a different motivation is at play. She said Roanhorse is using her claim of Pueblo heritage to make sure she stands out in a crowded literary space, where few other Native Americans are able to achieve recognition in a medium largely controlled by non-Natives.
“She’s trying to use Indigenous stories to market her work,” Ortiz said. Yet, she added: “There’s no resemblance to what she’s writing and what the stories actually are.”
“For her to present to a larger audience that she knows what she’s talking is just ridiculous,” said Denetdale, who serve as chairs of the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission, whose role is to protect the well-being of the Dine people. “And it’s harmful and it’s violent.”
You can read the entirety of the article here.
In a normal world, writers ought to be able to write about anything they damn well please. Particularly in the genre of “fantasy.” But there’s an old saying, “Live by the sword, die by the sword.” When you peddle repugnant race-baiting and nonsense crimes such as “cultural appropriation,” then it really should not come as a surprise if you find yourself the target of those same pointing fingers one day.
Regardless, we should all remember that Ms. Roanhorse is the victim here because she received a late-night phone call.
Perhaps Ms. Roanhorse should try turning her cell phone off after hours. Just a thought.
Pretending to have a genetic heritage is only a threat to your own mental health, Becky.
Originally published here.