In terms of history . . .
Here's something worth considering . . .
Rep. Stephanie Byers is Kansas' first transgender elected official and the country's first trans Native American elected official.
Here's her argument and recent and minor Zoom call kerfuffle . . .
“Substitute any other race or ethnicity for ‘Indian’ in his quote, then explain how it should be forgiven,” Byers said.
Byers, of the Chickasaw Nation forced in the 1830s from land in the Southeast to territory that became Oklahoma, said there wasn’t anything funny about Watson’s statement. The Board of Education failed American Indians by not not accepting Watson’s offer to step down, she said.
“This is a part of how cultural erasure occurs,” Byers said. “Being Native American isn’t a joke and to consider it as such robs us of our dignity.”
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com news link . . .
American Indians' response to Watson's reprieve: Saddens my heart, ignorance, cultural erasure - Kansas Reflector
TOPEKA - State Rep. Stephanie Byers believes the Kansas Board of Education's retention of the state's education commissioner after cracking a childish joke about alleged violent tendencies of First Nations people illustrated how deeply racism was buried in mainstream culture.