Quite often, you will find various Facebook or Twitter posts by people claiming to be Indigenous (First Nations or Metis) whining about how their claims (almost always false or coming with zero connection to the nation they claim) are met with scorn or "lateral violence."
So what is lateral violence and do their whines of victimhood have any merit?
Lateral violence is displaced violence directed against one's peers rather than adversaries. Lateral Violence occurs within marginalized groups where members strike out at each other as a result of being oppressed. The oppressed become the oppressors of themselves and each other.
Using this definition, it would seem that many of the non-Indigenous people claiming to be victims of "lateral violence" or "racism" due to their false claims of indigeneity not being believed by the people they hope to be part of (i.e. Metis or Indian) are simply wrong. You simply cannot be laterally violent or laterally racist/oppressive against someone who is not part of your group. Considering that settlers making false claims to being Metis or Indian are not Metis or Indian, receiving criticism from actual Metis or Indians who oppose false claims of these settlers as part of their nations is justified.
We would love to hear your opinion on this matter.