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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?


A community grieving: The village of Tanana needs Alaska’s support – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Editorials   Leave a comment

A community grieving: The village of Tanana needs Alaska’s support – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Editorials.

Good for Tanana for cleaning up its own act. If it were me, I’d think about also punishing the deadbeat who didn’t pay the couch. He’s not a victim. He was the one who actually started the aggression by not fulfilling his obligations. I don’t know if his crime rises to the level of banishment, but it should be severe because if the village continues to allow this sort of deadbeat behavior, it is inviting the sort of violence that follows it.

Sad that the State Troopers are now in virtual military occupation of their village, driving home the point to the innocent that they will punish the guilty … or just subjugate the peaceful.

Just a hint the the Troopers … your behavior may well be what is causing the violence aimed at your officers. You can’t go around violating people’s natural rights to be secure in their persons without reaping some push-back.

And, no, I don’t condone the violence. I just understand it.

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