There’s been no shortage of opinions expressed lately about Greenfield’s cheerleaders and their Trail of Tears banner. The majority, in my eye, seems to be supportive of the girls but somewhat critical of how they didn’t know about the historical episode or weren’t aware that their actions would be seen as hurtful.
Well, it so happens that this mess up took place right in the middle of a major confrontation between various government agents and our Native American population over the use of tribal lands. It’s also true that of the two teams playing in this year’s version of the World Series, one is named the Cleveland Indians and their mascot is a huge, bright red, buck toothed and happy, Indian named Chief Wahoo.
It is very possible that the only thing many Americans know about Indian sensitivities is the efforts in recent years to get the Washington Redskins to change their name. And it isn’t just the Redskins. It’s the Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Blackhawks, and maybe a couple of others in professional sports.
I’m not going to get into all the reasons most Native Americans are insulted by this, it’s enough for them to say they are. What I am going to ask is how have you reacted to such instances? Have you taken them seriously? Or, have you taken the track so often taken arguing those Indians are just too thin-skinned and forcing Americans to become too politically correct?
Could it be that your ignoring the sensitivity of minority claims gets passed onto your children and helps explain why a group of high school cheerleaders aren’t aware of the potential consequences of their actions? The same thing is true with Latinos and African-Americans. While McClain’s cheerleaders were attracting national attention an incident took place at Circleville’s Logan Elm High School. A young white male student dressed up in blackface, placed hangman’s noose around his neck. and allowed other students to lead him around school. It appears none of them knew that for many decades blacks were often lynched from trees as reminders to others to not forget their place. Why is that?
That is your test, provide some decent answers to the questions you’ve been ask in this article.