Running Post: Book reviews by people who haven't read the book, and other various threats.

I figured I ought to write a post like this so I have a resting place for all of the "reviews" and threats of people who haven't read the book. This post will be updated as I'm motivated to share these little joys with you.

Regarding the book, these folks all seem most concerned about:

  1. My white skin.
  2. That I am making huge money off of "their" event.
  3. That I mentioned their name and I will be sued for doing so.
  4. That I'm pretending I was on the front lines and am lying about such things.
  5. That they think I hate Native American [women] and want harm to come to them.

A couple of things.

  1. Sunblock. Huge fan of it. Can't lie.
  2. Nope, not at all. And I've actually given about 20 percent away to someone just to help them. And, for the record regarding the "ownership" of the Dakota Access event, it wasn't just the protester's event. Lots of people, communities, and other people's money were involved. We all have an experience, and the right to write about it. Open that can of freedom and take a big whiff.
  3. Gosh, I didn't give anyone permission to talk about me and use my name, yet they are doing it! Why? Because they inherently know that if you are part of a public document (e.g. court document, meeting minutes), publish your name and content publicly during an event, spearhead or speak at events, get interviewed by the media and give them your name, and whatever other scenario you can think of, no permission is needed to mention a person's name and what was said/done at the event or in context. No history book would ever be written if that were the case. When writing All The President's Men, Woodward and Bernstein certainly didn't ask the people in the book if they could mention them. "Hey, Tricky Dick, can we use your name as we take down your administration? Asking for a friend." Some names writers choose to keep anonymous for various reasons, some they don't. That's their prerogative.
  4. Never do I make claims of that sort, which is obvious if you'd read the book.
  5. You'd better tell my Native sister that. Or talk to my friends and other family members, nieces and nephews. I don't think they'd agree.
You don't have to like the book. It's not everyone's cup of tea. But I have this crazy idea that you should read a book before you "review" or make claims about it.

Various Reviews

I think my favorite alluded review/interaction regarding the book will always be Jarod's. I wrote about our messaging exchange earlier. He said, at one point, that "I had no idea this website or book even existed, looks like I'll need to find it in a used book store and review it."

I salute that guy. He made my day. Succinct, pointed, subtle slams on multiple levels. He has the gift. Let's take a look at some others, though.

The Weird White Lady Review

This was posted the first week of February 2018. The woman had not read the book. Someone alerted me to her post.

"...the ongoing fight for justice for our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, it is concerning that this white woman in Bismarck would be encouraging more violence and hatred against us...simply because she feels threatened by our stand against justice."

Bless your heart, no. At no time do I encourage violence and hatred against Native Americans; quite the opposite, in fact. As you'd know if the book.

There are a lot of things I could say about the claims in this "review", but I don't feel like wasting my time.

The Wasicu Review

Posted May 4, 2018

Readers of the book will be familiar with the word wasicu. I've got a whole essay dedicated to it.

Regarding being a stalker, do you know what it looks like to do research for a book in which you are gathering publicly available information such as news articles, public social media posts by those involved, and so on? It looks like gathering publicly available information such as news articles, public social media posts by those involved, and so on.

At this point, random people are the ones telling me about these "reviews" because I'm not visiting these folk's pages anymore. Why? Because the book is done.

The Faux Amazon Reviews

In the comments section of that post were these lovely ditties. The book they are giving one star to on Amazon is a previous book of mine, one they also did not read. (Which is why authors should view Amazon with caution.)

Here are a few screenshots of their bogus Amazon reviews:

 LC is possibly Lorene Clark, as indicated in her Facebook comments.

Lawsuits, Inc.

And let's not leave out the ever-present lawsuit threats that I have repeatedly received for simply writing something they don't like.

Look who I interview, right? How dare those people have a chance to tell their story and thoughts, right?! Some of what those folks said might surprise these protesters. The "fusion chart" referenced here is, I believe, the timeline. This woman's name appears in it based on Judge Boasberg's response and information, which I originally discovered early on via the--brace yourself--EarthJustice website.

(FYI, Theresa: My pants remain unblemished.)

Academics Like Us, Etc.

This next one is one of my favorites, on so many levels:

I do want to leave you with a particular bit of elegance, because it certainly blessed my heart:

Dumb bitch? Out for the money? No credibility? Liar? Angry racist white woman, who is encouraging violence and hatred against a people group? Sounds like defamation galore!


Stay tuned.