Another incident of intolerance has occurred in a school. A Native American young man was ostracized and threatened with expulsion over his haircut. The young man came to school with his hair styled in a Mohawk, a cut that defines his race, history and culture. Somehow, the school administration determined that his hair cut disrupted the class.
Of course, many times at the beginning of football season, the players will shave their heads, leaving only enough hair to sculpt their jersey number on the scalp.
Ironically, due to the worship of football and its players, that has never been a cause for disruption in the classroom.
Things that have caused a disruption in many areas of society is the demand for Islamic Concessions. As immigrants or naturalized citizens in this country, Islam has no compunction of demanding special treatment for their individual beliefs. One by one, a laundry list of how the followers of Islam must be accommodated for their special beliefs has emerged.
The genocide of Native Americans is a topic that is rarely discussed and avoided in most cases.
William Denevan writes that, “The discovery of America was followed by possibly the greatest demographic disaster in the history of the world.”
Some scholars estimate the pre-contact Native American population to be between eight and one hundred and twelve million.
The 2013 Census Bureau reports 566 federally recognized tribes of Native Americans. There are 1.7 million families of Native Americans in the United States.
The discovery of the North American Continent set a gradual genocide in motion, as the quest for land displaced the tribes, as well as the diseases that tagged along with the Europeans, such as chicken pox, small pox, measles and syphilis. The Trail of Tears alone cost the Cherokee Nation one quarter of their population. The Choctaw Nation lost 17,000 of their population along the Trail of Tears. These numbers cannot encompass all of the dead, as some died in stockades waiting to be relocated.
In Utah, where the seven year old had his dispute with the school over his haircut, there are just under thirty three thousand Native Americans; of that number, it is split almost evenly between men and women. This comprises one percent of the total population of the state of Utah.
In a country where freedom of expression is guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, why is a child’s heritage ridiculed when he should be equally allowed to express himself as any other citizen? Especially when the original Americans were already in this country centuries prior to 1492 when Columbus discovered the New World.
Without the assistance of the Native Americans, early settlers would never have adapted and survived in the New World.
If many concessions can be made for other groups, it stands to reason that a little boy can express himself without fear of reprisal by those who do not understand Constitutional Rights.
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