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

Native American Actresses Discuss Hollywood Stereotypes in a Tyra Show Flashback (VIDEO)

In an old episode of the “Tyra Show” recently resurfacing on YouTube, Tyra Banks aired a special program on “Racism in Hollywood” including an exclusive interview with Native American twin actresses, Shannon and Shauna Baker. In the clip, they discuss the various stereotypes attributed to their people, the pressure to disguise themselves as Latina women, and especially the dearth of available roles for Native American actors. In fact, it seems that in Hollywood as in most of America, Native Americans only exist in the public’s minds as a bygone image from the 18th century, when in fact they remain very much alive and in their homeland in the 21st century. Watch the fascinating interview below: