Find out what happened when Cree reporter Nicole Roberston came face to face with Trump
CBC, Unreserved, July 10, 2016
Before a rally in Bismarck, N.D., Donald Trump was speaking to the media. When asked a question about U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who identifies as part Native American, Trump responded by referring to Warren as “Pocahontas”.
Media consultant Nicole Robertson, a Cree woman based in Calgary, was the only person in the audience to challenge him.
Pocahontas is well known as one of the Disney princesses. The animated tale of her life portrays her saving the life of Englishman John Smith. In reality, she died in 1617 after being taken to England.
The problem with Pocahontas
Charges of whitewashing the colonial history of the United States are common. But there is also an issue with how Pocahontas is represented.
“Historically, that name has been used in a very sexualized manner,” Robertson said.
Given the rates of violence against Indigenous women, throwing the name Pocahontas out in a dismissive manner didn’t sit well with Robertson. And while she is happy she spoke out, looking back, she wishes she’d done more.
“I should have called it for what it was — racist.”