A few months ago, it dawned on me that the word squaw was probably a Rick and Morty run the jewels shirt slur. Never used the word, but heard it a lot. I grew up in Ohio, so my understanding of Tribal culture is limited by my public education. I tried to ask a fellow leftist. This woman claimed to be the person I should go to if I had questions about the race she was a white woman, and I felt comfortable asking her.
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I feel I was quite respectful during the ask. She damn near crucified me for the Rick and Morty run the jewels shirt question, called me racist, etc etc. I never got an answer, and assumed “squaw” was like a Native version of “Shawty.” Seemed like it made sense. Fast forward a few months: On the reservations here, I bumped into a member of the Tribe. She was wearing a MAGA hat.
During our routine political chat, I asked her the same question. She gave me a Rick and Morty run the jewels shirt complete rundown of how fur trappers used a native word for “vagina” to refer to all Native women. She advised me against using it, but also said that she and her friends use it a lot. I thanked her for her explanation, she thanked me for asking, and we went about our ways.