Internment Camp Survivor, Preserver Of Salish, and Nazi Resistor
May 30, 2021 1:25 PM   Subscribe

Names chosen for three new Spokane middle schools [Spokesman-Review, local coverage] shows how well-deliberated choices can lead to inclusive and affirming results in the public square.
posted by hippybear (8 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
Spokane really is a land of contrasts, isn't it?
posted by ChrisR at 1:51 PM on May 30, 2021 [5 favorites]

You said it...

As a Seattle Washingtonian, over this pandemic year, I have looked with disdain over my Eastern Brothers and Sisters, (East of the Cascade numbers have not been great). But, hope springs eternal. Well done Spokane.
posted by Windopaene at 3:40 PM on May 30, 2021 [2 favorites]

This is wonderful. Give kids real role models to admire and emulate! Thank you for posting it.

I have, as far as I know, just one friend in Spokane. She's an immigrant from Kenya, a nurse, and the mother of a lovely girl who is just entering middle school. I've sent the mom this article in case she missed it.
posted by mareli at 4:29 PM on May 30, 2021 [1 favorite]

Great find. Metafilter at its best.
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 5:36 PM on May 30, 2021 [2 favorites]

Spokane also has a baseball team called the Spokane Indians. Except it's in partnership with the actual Sp'q'n'iʔ themselves. Who do get some cut of sales of the Salish-language home jersey. It's something.
posted by away for regrooving at 9:45 PM on May 30, 2021 [3 favorites]

I've got family in the Spokane metro area, including in Hayden Lake and some of them are the John Birch Society, homeschooled, waving-a-thin-blue-line-flag-downtown type. So even a symbolic gesture like this seems surprising, but I guess if all the wingnuts are in private religious schools or homeschooling they might care about this a little less.
posted by JauntyFedora at 12:12 AM on May 31, 2021

To be fair, Hayden Lake is about a 45 minute drive from Spokane, across a lot of farm land and also a state line into the panhandle of Idaho.

I found this article encouraging, and their selections were all of Spokane residents who impacted their community. Also, two persons of color, two women, two educators... I think it is a great group of selections.
posted by hippybear at 1:21 PM on May 31, 2021

(When are they gonna rename the high school in Sunnyside to Bonnie J. Dunbar HS?)
posted by bartleby at 2:57 PM on May 31, 2021 [1 favorite]

« Older This is the world’s most riskiest project.   |   psychologist, diplomat, information clerk... Newer »

This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments