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Posted on May 6 at 4:27 p.m.
Correction. There is no "chief." There is the Coastal Band of the Chumash National Tribal Council, which DID write a letter of support for Elias in his efforts to bring awareness to CUSD, dated March 11, 2008.
Perhaps you can send this to the Recall CUSD group for a little bit of education.
On No Dogs Need Apply
Posted on May 6 at 4:16 p.m.
Dear Tortuga: Thank you. I think the point gets lost that the Chumash did support Elias.
Dear Defender: Apologies for implicating "all Carpinterians." Must admit I got a little out of line. So here's a proposal, join together under the banner of "Defender of Compassionate Communication and Respect for All People."?
I'm here waving my flag of reconciliation. :o)
On A Warrior by Any Other Icon
Posted on May 2 at 1:32 p.m.
Defender of Common Sense: You seem like a real decent person. You, and I'm sure others aren't in the business of intentionally being ignorant or disrespectful.
Good people are open to other viewpoints, so as much as Carpinterians would want to defend their views, perhaps opening up a bit to a little education would help. It's not just Eli who believes this so this shouldn't be just shrugged off as "one teenager."
Good people don't make threats. Good people don't invest an entire week in diversity awareness and "Be the Change" education and then chastise a young man for living up to the message. Common Sense is great, and we also need "Defenders of Integrity" and "Defenders of Moral Fiber."
Come on people.... a little decency! Take pride in values as much as in your high school mascot!
Posted on May 2 at 3:12 a.m.
If the Viking ancestors as a collective ever stood up and said, "Hey, I don't like how my forefathers are portrayed by the ancestors of those who nearly annihilated and continuely marginalizes my people," I'd like to think good people would listen.
Compassion, values, and integrity are standards. Good people don't discard them because its convenient. Good people don't make threats, tell a student to value respect and diversity and then chastise him for living up to the message, and good people don't hold on to ignorance. Carpinterians should be ashamed.
Bottom-line: good people with good morals value other people over football teams and mascots. Yes?
Posted on May 1 at 11:31 p.m.
Halos to eteresaee! Major humanitarian points for you for going beyond provincial. Just don't get into any bone-crunching competitive sport because apparently that's all schools are good for (humanity takes a back seat in some communities... fyi).
Again, Challenge Day proves to (not) be a success for Carpinteria!
Posted on May 1 at 5:59 p.m.
Dear Don: It's a little creepy to celebrate conquistadors, don't you think? But I like school pride, so I'm just making conversation.
And why don't people embrace super positive themes like, Dos Pueblos Humanitarians? Again, just for conversation.
Posted on May 1 at 4:54 p.m.
Hey Poodle! If the saying is true, your ignorance should be making you blissful, not angry. Cheer up, little buddy, mob mentality is on your side. :o)
Posted on April 23 at 10:21 p.m.
It's so interesting how Carp H.S. can participate in a program like Challenge Day--teaching tolerance, diversity, and respect--and call it a "success" and weeks later have a massive group of students, alumni, parents, and educators express their sense of entitlement by resisting the phasing out of offensive images. Talk about not taking advantage of a teachable moment.
If the community continues to protest, perhaps they will draw national attention and be subject to criticisms of being backward, oppressive, ignorant, and inconsiderate. I hope they don't think it's okay to put on Indian costumes and attract as much infamy as Jena, Louisiana.
Posted on January 31 at 9:26 p.m.
Oh for sure, sbvoice, I'm all down for liberation. And if Eric is innocent, then justice needs to be secured for him, too. I just ask that it not be done in a way that puts down a victim and perpetuates dangerous stereotypes and misconceptions about sexual violence. Hope his supporters can agree to that and afford the victim (and her supporters) dignity.
Posted on January 31 at 1:51 p.m.
I doubt MLK would've handed out flyers with misleading facts and language that stopped short of calling the victim a whore.