The poem “Sure you Can Ask Me a Personal Question” really does present an awkward conversation between a Native American and – what I would presume is a White American.
The poem is written like a monologue, but we can easily see that this is a dialogue.
The first verse of the poem starts out with a simple greeting, that is followed by three statements;
How do you do? /No, I am not Chinese. /No, not Spanish. /No, I am American Indian, Native American.
It is not very clear whether the other person asked these questions or if the Native American is just used to getting asked where he is from.
I believe that the Native American is used to get these questions so he answered them before the other person could ask.
The Second verse builds on the statements about where he’s from, he also answers the question about the Native Americans’ being extinct, which is a common question that Native Americans’ get.
In history, there have been numerous events that people feel there have not been made amends for.
Take the case of The Stolen Generation for an example, many people are debating whether the government did enough for the people who suffered.
Another example are the recent police shootings that has occurred all over the US, where people debate whether the police officers received the punishment they ‘deserved’.
In the late 19th century towards the end of the 60s, the Australian government forcibly took Aboriginal children from their families and placed them in institutions, orphanages or with white foster families.
The Australian Human Rights Commission estimated that in the period from 1919 to 1970 around 10 to 33% of Aboriginal children were forced away from their parents. These children were called: The stolen Generations.