Regarding the dispute concerning Washington High’s sculpture and murals of Native Americans shown in a demeaning way and put down by powerful white men, I think it is important to take these artworks down.
The argument that they represent American history is senseless. Just because a picture shows historical incidents is not a good reason to display racist imagery. Such incidents are something the United States should be ashamed of. If Native American and all other students want to learn about the history of Native Americans, there are plenty of books and films documenting it, such as A Cross of Thorns: The Enslavement of California’s Indians by the Spanish Missions, by Elias Castillo and The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, by David Treuer.
How would it be to have pictures of the Nazi death camps shown on the walls of schools to teach students about the atrocities of World War II? Again, there are many books and films that depict the horrors of history.
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