American Indian posers
I’m glad we’re talking about race, although the heinous acts that led to the conversation should never be lost in the discussion.
Problem is, the very word race stems from difference—not just cultural—but perceived biological and intellectual differences that underpin policies that gassed Jews and sterilized Blacks.
You can trace the topic of race to the mid-1800s in North America.
While settlers were itching to cross the Sioux Holy Road through the Black Hills to gain access to the west, physicians created hierarchies of race sanctioned by science.
Caucasians were considered “intellectually endowed” and “superior both in civilization and intelligence.” Continue reading
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Tagged American Indian, Indigenous Science, rhetoric, stereotypes, Tiyospaye
You can’t avoid the Bruce-Caitlyn Jenner story if you use social media, watch TV or shop at a grocery store.
Photos and stories wave from every media channel that catches your eye.
When I first saw the busty woman in a white corset on my facebook feed accompanied by a caption with the name Jenner, I skipped it, figuring it’s just another Kardashian-Jenner pseudo-news event.
Turns out the posts were a clever come-on by Vanity Fair to entice readers to check-out Bruce Jenner’s entrance-as-a-woman. Continue reading
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Tagged Elinor Burkett, journalism, literacy, native press, transgender, Vanity Fair
The Mascot Ruling in Oregon
One lesson I’m learning is that conflict requires you to get inside the head of your opponent.
And while this perspective presumes you’re wearing battle fatigues, the point is to understand someone else’s viewpoint in order to reach a resolution.
This week the Oregon Department of Education reaffirmed its policy to ban American Indian mascots at public schools by striking down an amendment to keep the team names intact–an issue that’s been discussed formally for more than a decade here in Oregon. Continue reading
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Tagged American Indian, jay rosenstein, mascot, NAJA, Native American, native press, native science, science, SPJ, stereotypes
A cup of tea from the Allied armies in 1944
We learned that freedom of speech is sacrosanct: that you should always allow someone the courtesy of saying something idiotic and extreme for fear that anything that quashes freedom could sanction yours.
That sort of freedom was always theoretical.
In our small berg where I was a reporter, fresh from college, we didn’t have rallies by the IRA or the KKK.
The Vietnam War was over and, to be frank, the issue of freedom of speech never arose.
But I always hoped I would be asked to commit to a cause, and that I would side with our freedom to speak.
Today I’m not so sure. Continue reading
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