Hawaii Teacher: Rooting For The Team02/20/2013
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.