NYDN – Hundreds of people marched Monday in support of a man who says the letters KKK were carved into his stomach by a surgeon at a South Dakota hospital. A YouTube video featuring 69-year-old Vern Traversie, a Lakota man who lives on the Cheyenne River Reservation, has gone viral in Native American communities. In it, Traversie shows a photo of his abdomen. Though he himself is blind, Traversie says he was told by others that the scars left after his heart surgery make out the hateful letters, and he is outraged. The problem is, not everyone sees it. Like those spotting the Madonna in a water stain, Traversie’s advocates are staunch believers. Those who aren’t include police who investigated his allegations and hospital officials. Rapid City police say they conducted an investigation but found no evidence of a crime. Craig Saunders, a cardiologist at Barnabas Hospital in Newark, N.J., said incision marks can take many different shapes, depending on where the doctor needs to get into the body. Saunders, who did not operate on Traversie, said surgical tape also can leave scarring and lesions depend on the make-up of the person’s body. The lack of clear letters hasn’t deterred Traversie, his supporters or those who see the scars as just more evidence of continued mistreatment of Native American people. “Rapid City … we understand you have been carving up our people. This is going to end today,” American Indian Movement founder Dennis Banks said to a roaring crowd before leading the supporters on a more than two-mile long march from a Rapid City plaza to the hospital where the surgery happened
Gimme a break, Indians. Are you fucking kidding me with this KKK bullshit? You’re like the same assholes who make up constellations in the stars. Oh see that star to the right? And then the two over there to the left? Connect the dots and you can see its a medieval knight fighting a dragon to get to the princess locked away in the tower. Uhh, no bro. Thats just three stars.
Just like Chief Vern here. First of all dude, you’re blind. You don’t even know what K’s look like. When some Iroquois Indian gets the braille alphabet carved into him, we’ll call you. Until then pipe down. Secondly, those ain’t K’s. The one all the way to the right is but thats it. The one on the left looks more like an R and the one in the middle doesn’t look like anything at all. You just went into Microsoft Paint and drew a red K over that mishmash of scars. Anyone can do that:
Look now its an N! Or maybe a Z! Can you believe some doctor left a Native American with RNK carved into his stomach! This must be because he’s an elder from the Cheyenne reservation! This is just like when they took our land 500 years ago!
Get real. I know Manifest Destiny and the Trail of Tears really fucked your ancestors but this KKK witch hunt is the biggest joke I’ve ever seen. Hey Vern quit listening to these tribe members chirping in your ear. There ain’t no KKK carved into your body. Just go play the slots and head back to your wigwam dude. Smoke some peace pipe, the world ain’t out to get you.