Monday October 8 is Indigenous People’s Day – dont know what that is – well check it out as it’s important and if u r surprised to know u were never taught about this day but know all to well the tale of Christopher sailing the ocean blue in 1492 – u will see see how things work. The bloke didnt discover nothing cuz the lands were already found and founded and full of happy and healthy people until – BAM WHAM and NO THANK YOU Mam – in stomped racism, imperialism, nationalism, and militarism and GENOCIDE!
Yet its something we never talk about and most school kids don’t even know about. You can bet your bottom dollar if it was done to u.s. (meaning the invasion and biological warfare (yes we did biological warfare on Native people) slavery, torture, murder to white folks, it would be honored every year with much ado but since our fore fore fore fathers did the doing to Native people – it is morphed, glorified, celebrated in schools as a GREAT THING and all the messy and horrible parts simply wished/whisked away from public view.
So maybe we can see if we can get a wee bit of things right. Recently i learned that the Intertribal Freindship House sent a letter to CSD advocating for the removal of the Bear Hunt sculpture and in return they got…
as in zero – as in no reply at all.
Well, that aint cool. Especially since one of their chief concerns is the impact of the negative imagery on the children most especially the Native Deaf students at CSD.
So i’m thinking since CSD’s Superintendent Virnig has said that CSD is really down with multiculturalism, he would at least see the value in responding to the Intertribal Friendship House – especially seeing how Berkeley, CA. formally recognizes Indigenous People’s Day and the folks of the Intertribal Friendship House are Indigenous People and the statue they are objecting to is supposed to represent them aka Indigenous People. So I am hoping (its what i do – try as i may to stop it i always come back to hoping for the better angels of our nature) maybe on this day OFF of school, Supt Virnig can show some respect and honor them with a reply.
this way Supt Virnig will be showing some respect for the folks who are the most affected by the misrepresentation unjustly prominently displayed in front of CSD to this very day.
To the Intertribal Friendship House – thank you very much for sharing your point of view and experiences and for reaching out to CSD.
A reply that actually explains why you, Supt. Virnig have sided with honoring Tilden (when he didnt even want CSD to have that statue) over honoring Indigenous people is in order.
To all the readers – please do SOMETHING today as a shout out against the genocide and injustices targeted against Native people yesterday, today and tmw. Its wrong and we know it and must own up to it. Don’t turn your back on what we done.