Originally Written: 10/5/17
When I was a freshman in high school, my assigned senior mentor was Rick.
Rick was one of the more popular students, and when we met, somehow he heard me say my name is Mark and not Mike. Even when I finally got up the guts to tell him he was mistaken, he ignored me and kept calling me Mark. Because of his mistake, I became Mark to him and his friends and it bothered me every time they called me that because it wasn’t my name.
I’m guessing that’s just a fraction of what it feels like every time we call a Native American an ‘Indian’.
American History 101 Fact: Columbus just plain got it wrong when he showed up here – he thought he was in the Indies (Asia).
He did to those natives what Rick the popular senior did to me and instead of…
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