Seeking closure, healing in Tanana – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Community Perspectives   Leave a comment

Seeking closure, healing in Tanana – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Community Perspectives.

This Community Perspective picks up another angle to the Tanana trooper shooting. I believe much of this was caused by three sources of conflict.

One — someone didn’t pay their debt. They owed money for a couch and they acted immorally and unethically in not paying what they owed. By the way, I feel this person is responsible for the troopers’ death as much as the shooter.

Two — Troopers overreacting and strong-arming citizens in a situation that could have been and should have been handled locally.

Three – Racism — which is what this letter addresses. Let’s be honest about this. Racism exists still in the United States. And most of the racism that exists comes — not from the white majority who have spent the last 30+ years apologizing profusely for the mistakes of past generations — but from the non-whites who (despite having been born in an era of legal and increasing equality) insist they are owed something for the mistakes of past generations.

My mother was part-American Indian and I have said this before. The most racist people I know are American Indians and Alaskan Natives.

I don’t know the Kangas family. I do know people who call Tanana home, though they live in Fairbanks these days. It was hard for my friends to admit that this was motivated by racism, but they have.

Can we deal with the remaining racism in our country yet?

Can our president stop being a “black” man and represent ALL of us?

Can the voices of vitriol and entitlement just swallow their words and start thinking of their neighbors as their neighbors, so we can move beyond racism to a place where we’re all Americans?


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