Fox News: Native Americans Can’t Be Heroes

So the headline of this article is offensive and not entirely accurate, much like a story currently making a lot of headlines today over at Fox News. President Obama’s new children’s book “Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters” is described in a Fox News headline as “Obama Praises Indian Chief Who Defeated U.S. General.”

There are several things that irked me about this headline, aside from the fact that it appears to take a cheap shot at our nation’s President for writing a children’s book that features famous American heroes. It seemed to imply that Sitting Bull was not American but rather some crazed terrorist that killed a U.S. General. I’ll stand up for America any time, but I’m afraid you’re on your own if you want to side with the government over their treatment of the Native Americans. He was about as American as you can get. Here are some fun facts about Sitting Bull:

-He was a holy man
-He resisted dependence on government as well as their policies
-He was born in the Dakotas

Now, I don’t know about ya’ll but when I read that I thought, oh my god, Chief Sitting Bull was a Republican! He’s a holy man, doesn’t like dependence on government, and is from the Dakotas!
So, Fox News, before you take cheap shots at our President, or children’s books, you may want to do some research on who you’re slamming.

Personally, I feel like even if you do not agree with Obama’s policies you have to be pretty childish to find fault in a children’s book that has no political agenda. This holiday season I urge parents everywhere to please give the gift of reading to your children. Books inspire us, teach us, and ignite our imaginations. In my opinion, if you are looking for a good one to give this year “Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters” by Barack Obama is a great place to start.

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  • Kristen

    This book sounds really cute. I can’t believe people are taking cheap shots at it.

  • http://myown Beverly Isaac

    I am a Proud Comanche Tribal member, I plan to buy this book for my Crandchildren, and one for myself.

    Fox news just made a million dollars for Obama, yeah.

    I Thank President Obama for being the one and only President that actually brought the American Indian any positive acknowledgement and not back down from it.

    • Amie

      Thanks for the comment Beverly. I agree that it was refreshing to see some positive acknowledgment towards Native Americans :)

    • Rocky Boy 1V

      I agree with you Beverly. I just don’t agree with you about Al Carroll, the Pretendian and fraud. I’m getting this book for my kids too.

  • Michelle

    I had wanted to buy this book for one of my nieces because I think it’s lovely and highlights such a diverse group of people–some of whom get short shrift in the clasroom. Unfortunately, my sister-in-law forwarded that Fox News story to everyone she knows saying that anyone who buys this book is un-American. Sigh. I know her reaction is over-the-top, but is it really so surprising given the original story? It just makes me sad.

    LOL at your analysis of Sitting Bull as a Republican. He absolutely would have been–at least in the tradition of Lincoln Republicans.

    Oh, and I totally agree about giving books to kids. Nothing opens up a child’s world and imagination more than a love for reading.