Archive for July, 2011

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White legislators, Indian mascots, and legalizing racism

July 23, 2011

The North Dakota legislature recently passed a law to force the University of North Dakota to keep its Fighting Sioux mascot.  The University, which was set to comply with N.C.A.A. requirements that prohibit such mascot use, now faces either N.C.A.A. penalties or consequences for breaking state law.

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The courage to risk getting stuck

July 12, 2011

Saturday afternoon I was driving home on a side road when I noticed ahead of me a man and a woman in electric wheelchairs moving down the street.  I slowed down and watched as suddenly the wheels of one chair went in a rut at the side of the road and got stuck. The person was unable to move the wheelchair out. I stopped my car and got out.

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