Racism in Indian Country

May 15th, 2010 | By | Category: 21-4: Native American Studies, Summer 2010, Media Reviews

Peter Lang Publishing (2009)

Review by David Blaine

Dr. Dean Chavers highlights the many aspects of this insidious disease that plagues our planet. We are all aware of the racial epithets and slurs, as well as the jokes and comedy routines that seem to be status quo.

Our “sacred” political and judicial arenas have also become infested, resulting in the theft of land and royalties, police harassment, and the condoning of murder (read In The Spirit of Crazy Horse by Peter Matthiessen for a comprehensive history of the American Indian Movement). The litany of abuse is overwhelming. Fortunately, Chavers gives many solutions for combating racism at the end of each chapter.

This is a must-read for ALL educators since racism can only be combated through education and open dialogue that teachers can encourage in their classrooms. Racism will end only when people appreciate one another for their differences, as we appreciate a garden for its myriad of colors.

David Blaine worked extensively with Navajo, Hopi, and Ute families while at Deer Hill Expeditions, a wilderness and community service program for adolescents. He also lived in Chad and Niger, Africa, for 10 years while in the Peace Corps.

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