In upper Wisconsin, Miranda Washinawatok spoke and translated three short sentences of the Menominee language in class for her fellow students, and found herself reprimanded by her teacher and benched during that afternoon’s basketball game.
People disgusted by racism and intolerance for other cultures are shocked, angry and incredulous that these behaviours and attitudes are still prevalent today. But reading through the whole article gives rise to many unanswered questions. The Toronto Star could be accused, perhaps, of sensationalizing a situation they knew would be incendiary without providing enough contextual detail concerning the recent histories and the When, Where, Why’s of all the people involved.
While a Canadian newspaper has chosen to highlite this incident that took place in Wisconsin, U.S.A, please note that Canada’s own racist and inhumane treatment of its First Nations People is still a cause for national shame, both historic and present day.