Humanities Moments

Humanities Moments

We’ve all had “humanities moments” — when our lives were made richer, more poignant, and meaningful because of the insights the humanities provide.

Understanding Native Oppression

Contributed by My history teachers and my friends

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The first time I had ever learned about Native Americans as a part of history was when I took AP World History. My understanding of Native History grew as a studied AP United States History as well. It was through these courses that I could truly grasp what Native Americans have gone through and the way that their oppression has affected the way they live today. As a woman of color, I could sympathize with the resentment and anger that they feel as they are still treated unfairly today. After learning about the true repercussions of Columbus "discovering" America, I began to notice a more covert form of oppression that Native Americans experience. Some examples are being called "Indians," being used as mascots for sports teams, under-representation in all areas and the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline. I have learned to understand what it is to be a minority in America, and what kind of past it attached to that identity. I have learned to sympathize with those who have similar pasts, and find ways in which I can help to support their efforts.
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Why is this a Humanities Moment?

I was able to find similarities in another group of people that I viewed as completely different from myself and grow to understand what those similarities truly mean. These similarities in our pasts have created our present and what can be our future. I have learned how important it is for minority groups to support each other.

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Understanding Native Oppression

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I was able to find similarities in another group of people that I viewed as completely different from myself and grow to understand what those similarities truly mean. These similarities in our pasts have created our present and what can be our future. I have learned how important it is for minority groups to support each other.

Description

The first time I had ever learned about Native Americans as a part of history was when I took AP World History. My understanding of Native History grew as a studied AP United States History as well. It was through these courses that I could truly grasp what Native Americans have gone through and the way that their oppression has affected the way they live today. As a woman of color, I could sympathize with the resentment and anger that they feel as they are still treated unfairly today. After learning about the true repercussions of Columbus "discovering" America, I began to notice a more covert form of oppression that Native Americans experience. Some examples are being called "Indians," being used as mascots for sports teams, under-representation in all areas and the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline. I have learned to understand what it is to be a minority in America, and what kind of past it attached to that identity. I have learned to sympathize with those who have similar pasts, and find ways in which I can help to support their efforts.

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High School

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My history teachers and my friends

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