Hurricanes Are Destruction, They Are Brutal, They Are The

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Hurricanes are destruction, they are brutal, they are the epitome of devastation. Hurricanes are synonymous with damage, but so is Sherman Alexie. In The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, the damage imposed on today’s Native Americans is traced back to the infamous year of 1492. The pain we caused, the genocide of culture, of people, of opportunity, of safety, still lingers today. We shudder about the past, we regret what we had done, and we forget. We are blind to our current Native American population. Is this by accident or by choice? I fear the answer. Yet when we read Alexie, we are thrown right into their reality. No sugarcoat, no preamble, we are thrown into the lives of current Native Americans, unprepared to swallow…show more content…
There are works that demand a deeper intellect, they bring issues from the depths so they can breathe and be known. To simply choose to not engage in this content is to push the powerless back down to drown in silence. Alexie brings to surface a people who has been on the receiving end of the trauma since 1492, the least we can do is accept and understand that this is happening. Imagine a woman who cannot swim jumping into a river. Not much of a panic to save her. Now imagine it is a river contaminated with uranium. Still not to alarmed, we are a little concerned for her health, but then again, it was her decision. Now imagine it was your mother. Without a second thought you run to her, stripping your clothes off, knowing that every second you are not there damage is occurring. Why is it okay to allow someone else to swim in a uranium water when we would never allow someone close to us to? We meet a woman in “The Fun House” who does just that. Rather, is drove to that. She has lived a life of ridicule, she has given all she could with nothing in return. We see her submission in the ultimate form as her life is put in danger, yet she just sits by allowing these horrible things to occur to her: After closing time, they drove home the back roads. “Be careful,” my aunt told her husband. “You drank too much tonight.” He smiled. He put his foot to the fire wall and the pickup staggered down the dirt road, went on two wheels on a sharp corner, flipped, and slid into
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