In 8th grade social studies we’ve begun to read The Day The World Ended At Little Bighorn. It is about the history of the Lakotas. They are a Native American tribe who lived in the area now known today as the Dakotas (South Dakota and North Dakota).
And although we may think calling Lakotas Native American is political correctness, author James Marshall III would disagree. “We prefer our tribal names,” he declared early on in his book. Marshall went on to dismiss anything else as labels. His point forced us to think about stereotypes and labeling groups. Will we get to a point where we won’t need to generalize or will we need continue to be comfortable with labels involuntarily giving to others by others. Imagine a world with no labels….