I appreciate irony, that sense of bitterness one gets when a fantasy is shredded by truth.
Caprice Hollins, the Seattle School District’s director of Equity, Race & Learning Support – an Orwellian title if there ever was one – sent out a directive warning district officials that Thanksgiving was a time of mourning for native Americans – without actually consulting native Americans.
Native Americans in the Northwest celebrate the holiday with turkey and salmon, said Daryl Williams of the Tulalip Tribes. Before the period of bitter and violent relationships between natives and their culturally European counterparts, they worked together to survive, he said.
“The spirit of Thanksgiving, of people working together to help each other, is the spirit I think that needs to grow in this country, because this country has gotten very divisive,” he said.
Of course Hollins and those like her know better. After all, they’ve studied dedicated their careers to learning what should minorities should think and be offended by.
One wonders how much time Hollins has spent among the people she wants to protect. At least the British and French lived in the places they ruled during their empires.