Today everybody at the university got an email titled “A Native American visitor comes to our campus.” The announcement sounded bizarre to me. What is the reaction supposed to be? “Oooh, a live Native American! Let’s go gawk!”?
I dug around in the email and discovered that the visitor in question is an artist and a scholar. Announcing him as “a Native American visitor” is as meaningful as introducing me on a campus as “a Ukrainian guest.” But Ukrainians are of no use for tokenization purposes, so I get to be introduced as a scholar.