Indigenous Students Punished for not Standing for Pledge of Allegiance

A pair of students in North California who chose not to salute the U.S. flag and cite the pledge of allegiance during class were punished by their teacher, who lowered the students’ grades because of their decision not to honor people who committed genocide against the indigenous peoples of this continent. When one of the students explained to the teacher her reasoning for not standing, she was told dismissively, “Your ancestors are dead.”

LOWER LAKE (KPIX 5) — A Lake County teacher is facing consequences for threatening to punish two students who opted out of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in school. While the teen students had their grades suffer because of their stance, now the school district superintendent is standing behind the young women. Leilani Thomas won’t say…

via Superintendent Backs Lower Lake Teens Who Won’t Say Pledge Of Allegiance — CBS San Francisco

11 thoughts

  1. Would’t the whole Colin Kaepernick situation make an excellent History Lesson? And who better than Black Athletes, Japanese and now Latino Soldiers and Native American Students to teach it. Take your seats!

  2. The Native Americans, whose ancestors inhabited America, since long before there was an America, have been truly ravaged by America. The White Men, sensing that these people do not believe in individual ownership of the land–anymore than the heavens and the sea. Soldiers were sent to steal the land, just as the Dutch “bought” Manhattan Island for mere trinkets.

    Similarly, the White Man kidnapped Africans and brought them to America, to be “bought” and “bold”, to work in the fields and even in the White House. Likewise, the Japanese–even those who had fought in World War II, where imprisoned in Internment Camps. Germany has, at least, tried to make “some” a[ologies and reparation to the Jews, but America has not.

    With regard to Colin Kaepernick, prior to our Revolution, Colonists–even our Founding Fathers–wanted to remain loyal to The Crown. They just wanted a say in how their taxes were used. But Thomas Paine, a Monomial Essayist, explained the total complexity of what Colonial America was. In effect, Thomas Paine was the Voice not the Revolution–if not the very soul.

    1. Interestingly, Thomas Paine is the only of the “founding fathers” I even find tolerable! The others were a bunch of elitists, enslavers or in the Hamilton he was both.

  3. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Who shows the highest degree of ignorance?
    “….their decision not to honor people who committed genocide against the indigenous peoples of this continent. When one of the students explained to the teacher her reasoning for not standing, she was told dismissively, “Your ancestors are dead.” SMH …

    1. I wonder if the student replied, “my point exactly” when the teacher told her that. They are dead because of what this horrific colonial project called America did to them.

      1. Day by day stress in Northern Territory our way remains very ‘British’ in a 20th century way. Incarcerations of indigenous youth especially now under scrutiny from Royal Commission Inquiry into youth in ‘Detention’….but little really changes white attitudes and msm press agendas platform for racists

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