January 18, 2020
My hair is part of my spirit. I am a Native woman. I am angry, humiliated. Your “fun” hurt.
— tara houska (@zhaabowekwe) January 13, 2020
I’m sure this all happened exactly as described.
We don’t have any evidence, but hey, if we needed more than hearsay eye-witness accounts to convict someone of a hate crime, we never would have been able to execute the Nazis for the gassing of the six million.
Hate crimes exist in a special part of law that exists outside of the entire history of the justice system, and they can be prosecuted without evidence.
The US airports security agency has apologised to a Native American activist after an inspector pulled her hair and said “giddy-up”.
Tara Houska was travelling through the Minneapolis, Minnesota, airport when the incident took place during a security screening.
“My hair is part of my spirit. I am a Native woman,” she wrote on Twitter, adding that she was “humiliated”.
“My braids are not reins,” she tweeted to her more than 30,000 followers.
Ms Houska, a prominent activist and lawyer, was returning from a climate march in Washington DC, where she protested alongside celebrities Jane Fonda and Joaquin Phoenix.
Instead of simply conducting the standard check, “she pulled them behind my shoulders, laughed & said ‘giddyup!’ as she snapped my braids like reins” on a horse, she wrote.
“My hair is part of my spirit. I am a Native woman. I am angry, humiliated. Your ‘fun’ hurt.”
It’s a funny coincidence that she was assaulted in this way after appearing at a high profile political event.
Where she stood right next to Hanoi Jane Fonda.
And the Joker.
The TSA says that it did happen.
And I’m not surprised her hair would be touched.
She’s a lot more likely to be harboring a bomb in her hair than I am to be harboring a bomb underneath my nutsack, and every time I have gone through an American airport since 911 there has been a fat guy there to check underneath my nutsack for bombs.
But the woman’s claim that the inspector said “giddy-up” must simply be taken as true because she said it and she is a member of a victim group.
Also, we must always believe all women.