• Petitioned Editors of The Indicator, Amherst College

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Editors of The Indicator, Amherst College

Apologize for Racist Cartoon and Engage in Dialogue

    1. Kenneth Lawson
    2. Petition by

      Kenneth Lawson

      Manhattan, KS

The Indicator (Volume XXXIII, Issue 2, page 19), published a cartoon depicting tipis as a solution to a housing crisis on campus. Whatever the intention behind this drawing, it is offensive to Native peoples and their allies, and reinforces a climate of racism against Natives at Amherst. Dwanna Robertson and Adina Giannelli, students at Amherst, have written a detailed response to the drawing. In their response, they explain how and why it is offensive. They ask for an apology, and extend an invitation to dialogue. We the undersigned urge the editors of The Indicator to apologize for the publication of this drawing and to accept the invitation to dialogue.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Dwanna Robertson AMHERST, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      Please consider signing this important petition!

    • Brandy Hoyt MUSKOGEE, OK
      • over 2 years ago

      It is amazing how a country full of educated individuals can still overlook years and years of prejudice against Native Americans. Some of these educated people have given apologies to all the wrongs that have been done to all the others but yet still persecute and use us as an object not a people.

      • over 2 years ago

      There is simply no humor in generically mocking an entire ethnic identity in order to make light of a completely unrelated situation. Whether or not you intended to insult Native Americans, you have done so and you do owe Native Americans an apology for your carelessness.

    • Vincent Roscigno COLUMBUS, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing because any college or university worth a damn, intellectually or ethically, would work to rectify such a mistake, the damage it has done and may do, and be open to pure, honest dialogue on this specific matter and the more general use of harmful symbolism.

    • Linda Haddock UVALDE, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      If we do not actively stand against acts of racism then our silence endorses it.


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