Hawaii Teacher: Rooting For The Team

Katherine Poythress/Civil Beat

Sometimes a moment sticks in your mind. You don’t know when you’ll think of it again but there it is: a lesson from a teacher.

One such moment was when Spokane Indian writer Sherman Alexie addressed our University of Hawaii-Manoa crowd in 2000 by saying, “Hawaii sure looks like one big Rez” as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series for his talk, “Killing Indians: Lies, Myths, and Exaggerations.”

We in the audience clapped half-heartedly. It was a bittersweet moment, one of scathing commentary on the state. It was also true.

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