Thursday, May 19, 2016

What goes wrong when people only view history from one perspective?

When people only view history from one perspective they are unable to understand what the people on the other side of the situation are feeling. In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, written by Sherman Alexie, it points out how most people do not understand how awful Native Americans were treated; and still are. In the book, 14 year old, Arnold, is in school and his teacher frequently will come to class in his pajamas because he doesn't care enough about the Native American kids he is teaching. To add to that, the textbooks they are using at the school are so old that when Arnold opens his, it has his mothers name written in it from when she was in school. At one point in the book, Arnold's teacher, Mr. P, tells him, “If you stay on the rez, they’re going to kill you. I’m going to kill you. We’re all going to kill you” (Alexie 43). He is trying to tell Arnold that if he stays on the reservation then he will always be poor and barely surviving, but if he leaves then he may have a chance to make something of himself. Everyone seems to overlook how horribly Native Americans have been treated and now they are left with practically nothing.

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