In an interesting demonstration of red-on-black racism, Yahoo News reports that "Cherokee Nation members voted Saturday to revoke the tribal citizenship of an estimated 2,800 descendants of the people the Cherokee once owned as slaves. With all 32 precincts reporting, 76.6 percent had voted in favor of an amendment to the tribal constitution that would limit citizenship to descendants of 'by blood' tribe members as listed on the federal Dawes Commission's rolls from more than 100 years ago."
Wait a minute. Indians can do things on the basis of 'by blood' but white people can't? ("A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."--Ralph Waldo Emerson.)
Yahoo reports that back in the day, "The commission, set up by a Congress bent on breaking up Indians' collective lands and parceling them out to tribal citizens, drew up two rolls, one listing Cherokees by blood and the other listing freedmen, a roll of blacks regardless of whether they had Indian blood. Some opponents of the ballot question argued that attempts to remove freedmen from the tribe were motivated by racism." (Gasp! Shock! Horror! No, no, not racism! Anything but that! You mean there's yet another group of people who don't like de po' cullud folk?)
"The Cherokee people exercised the most basic democratic right, the right to vote," tribal Principal Chief Chad Smith said. "Their voice is clear as to who should be citizens of the Cherokee Nation. No one else has the right to make that determination." So, chief, I gather that what you are saying is that a nation consists of, among other things, people who are of the same race? Ahhh. Comes the dawn. I think we all know what would happen to any white man who said any such thing.
Yahoo goes on: "The petition drive for the ballot measure followed a March 2006 ruling by the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court that said an 1866 treaty assured freedmen descendants of tribal citizenship. Since then, more than 2,000 freedmen descendants have enrolled as citizens of the tribe. Court challenges by freedmen descendants seeking to stop the election were denied, but a federal judge left open the possibility that the case could be refiled if Cherokees voted to lift their membership rights." Basically, the blacks and their smart Jewish lawyers are going to go running to the courts to get something they can't get in an election. As usual.
Now...this whole issue wouldn't have anything to do with gambling profits and thousands of blacks getting a free check in the mail every month as their cut from casinos, on the basis of their allegedly being Indians, now, would it? I mean, surely no self-respecting black person would want to just get a check in the mail for nothing, would they? Surely not! What a racist thought! Wash your brain out with soap, boy!