John Hickenlooper condemned by liberal groups after photo of him dressed as Native American surfaces
Several liberal groups condemned former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper after photographs of the Democratic Senate candidate surfaced, showing him dressed as a Native American.
Hickenlooper was first blasted in a Sunday open letter from the Native American leaders who were outraged by his attendance at the One Shot Antelope Hunt in 2018, an annual event that uses many Native American stereotypes. At the event, winners sported headdresses, while those who lost were called “squaw” and forced to dress as female Native Americans as an ode to the derogatory term.
Hickenlooper was photographed in both outfits mocking Native American culture.
“Gov. Hickenlooper displayed an unacceptable lack of judgement in choosing to participate in this event, while disrespecting Indigenous women and appropriating traditional dress of Native peoples,” the group wrote.
“And not only has Gov. Hickenlooper repeatedly harmed the Native community, but he has also been exposed for mocking the struggles of Black and Latinx Americans. A video has recently come to light where he is seen bragging about his cooperation with ICE in the detention of undocumented immigrants,” it added.
The group called for Hickenlooper to drop his campaign for U.S. Senate. Hickenlooper is currently running in the Democratic primary against Andrew Romanoff, which takes place on Tuesday. If he defeats Romanoff, he will face incumbent Republican Sen. Cory Gardner.
Several other liberal groups condemned Hickenlooper’s actions. Move On, a liberal activist group, said Hickenlooper must make a promise to address the harm he may have caused Native Americans and other racial minorities through his actions.
“We are disappointed to see the disturbing photos of Gov. Hickenlooper mocking indigenous people. It is equally disturbing that he has also mocked the struggles of Black and Latinx communities,” Move On tweeted. “The Governor has displayed a shocking lack of judgment. As a candidate vying for the democratic nomination he should make an immediate and serious commitment to repair the harm he has caused.”
The Governor has displayed a shocking lack of judgment. As a candidate vying for the democratic nomination he should make an immediate and serious commitment to repair the harm he has caused.
— MoveOn #BlackLivesMatter (@MoveOn) June 29, 2020
Hickenlooper, who briefly ran for president in the 2020 election, was also recently found to have violated Colorado’s ethics laws while in office by accepting gifts valued at more than the legal limit. He was held in contempt of the state’s independent ethics committee after he refused to show up to testify virtually about his actions.