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Letter: Right side?

February 25, 2014

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To the editor:

On Feb. 16, I watched the movie “Jayhawkers” by Kansas University professor Kevin Wilmott. The majority of the viewing audience was white. Many of them looked old enough to know what happened pre-Wilt Chamberlain to African-Americans in Lawrence. Poet great Langston Hughes is a reference point for this experience.

Prior to “Jayhawkers,” Mr. Wilmott made the film “The One Good Indian” about the indigenous cultural suppression at Indian boarding schools that were created to “kill the Indian to save the man.” This was Haskell’s intention a century ago at the behest of white American culture.

In “Jayhawkers,” the KU officials wanted to be on the right side of history as they pushed Lawrence integration through Wilt Chamberlain. Why is it that so many people are willfully on the wrong side of history destroying levees that Haskell students built imprisoned at Indian boarding schools a century ago? These children were taken for a decade from their parents to remove cultural connections back then. A far cry from the Baker students I see now. Minority histories are real. It shouldn’t be so easy to disregard and destroy an area where suffering occurred unless there’s no public conscience.

Comments

Lawrence Morgan 10 months ago

Thanks for a great letter. It is very informative for me.

Could other readers add more information to what Mike Ford has written?

Fred Mertz 10 months ago

Good information? He doesn't even know the title to the film. It is The Only Good Indian.

Mike Ford 10 months ago

gee I'm surprised you know anything or care. Besides not learning from the past and ignoring the people around you and diminishing these effects out of cynicism is one of the reasons why I write.

Leslie Swearingen 10 months ago

I believe that he is asking why there were not young blacks at the movie.

Perhaps, Mike, you should have focused on one topic as the Baker Wetlands controversy do not belong in a letter about "Jayhawkers."

Fred Mertz 10 months ago

Leslie, you make very good constructive points that all LTE writers should follow. Too often they try to cram too much into one letter. The message of the letter then gets diluted or lost.

Mike Ford 10 months ago

actually I was focusing on the white people who decide which minorities are respected and which ones aren't.

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