Books...

Aug. 1st, 2009 10:35 am
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...have a lot of power. Now, I am not someone who would ever advocate that a book should be forbidden because it is problematic in content, but I do think that we should be more critical when it comes to what we read and especially what we tell our children to read. The fact that a lot of these books are on the list of recommended reading for children in school? Is saddening.

I actually think the whole site should be required reading for educators who are dealing with the topic of Native Americans with their students. And then maybe, they could read one of the  recommended books. Or at least address why the other books are problematic, make it clear to their students that those were written by white people with a limited understanding of the topic and often with the intend to make the white people in the story look good at the expense of the Native Americans- for whatever reason.

I am not saying that the only person who can write about a culture/ country/ problem/ is a person who has experienced it zeirself. But I do think that when it comes to the question of whether or not something is hurtfull or untrue to a culture, people who are part of that culture are usually better able to judge it. And they deserve to be heard and at least given consideration.


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