By Elise Patkotak
Yes, that is the ultimate definition of pathetic.
So how did we end up here after all the years and all the attempts by groups in the state to bridge the divide of racial tension between Native and non-Native people? My guess is that these fine people pictured with their beer while looking fairly skanky are not the type to be going to town meetings or paying much attention to feel-good ads on TV. In fact, my guess is that there is little that can be done to open minds already slammed so shut before they are barely out of their teens.
And once again, I would posit that the reason their minds are so slammed shut has less to do specifically with Native cultures and peoples in this state and more to do with their own sense of worthlessness and despair. In order to wake up in the morning and feel good about themselves, they have to feel bad about someone else. It's that simple.