Friday, July 17, 2015

Gay Boy Scout leaders: Are the scouts free at last?

...First, it might do the program some serious good to revise the curriculum related to all things Native American. One of the first merit badges I earned was Indian Lore, which consisted of recycling tired mythos about America’s indigenous population. While there was plenty of worship of the mythical and magical, there was nary a discussion of the genocide that came along with the white man. Any mention of the Trail of Tears, Wounded Knee, or Sitting Bull was brushed aside, while modern issues related to the native peoples, such as the plight of Leonard Peltier, the American Indian Movement, or the capture of Alcatraz Island, were simply tabooed. This could be revised with some honesty and the discussion could be made relevant to reality instead of having as much veracity as the Natty Bumpoo novels.


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