Tuesday, March 22, 2005

School Shooting

I woke this morning to news of another school shooting the US. Undoubtedly there will be a lot of debate about guns and teenagers. I'm not sure that debate will change anything. But I think there is another debate: this shooting has taken place on an "indian reservation", a set aside "home" for Native Americans. Reservations, as far as I can work out, are some of the most soul destroying places on the planet. Already this morning, I'm hearing patronising reports calling the community response "pathetic" (in its most paternalistic sense). Already, it seems that the injured are being flown 150 miles from their community for treatment. This is a tragedy- its also a tragedy of how we as Europeans have treated indegenous peoples all over the world.

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