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RACE: Are We So Different? may not be here at the History Colorado Center any longer—the exhibit, which was produced by the American Anthropological Association left on January 4—but that doesn’t mean we’re done talking about race and its implications. Race is always a topic of discussion in the United States and the world, for that matter, particularly within the last year, and as a history organization, it’s part of who we are to think and talk about how our country’s ever-changing cultural attitudes affect how we see and preserve the past. Indeed, there’s no better time to continue the conversation than on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
My love for National Parks did not arise from family vacations. When I was young, we took few road trips that deviated from the long drive from Chicago to Florida to visit my grandparents and go to Disney World.
Several weeks ago, I was giving a behind-the-scenes tour and randomly opening some of our map cabinets, when I spotted this certificate. The imagery and some of the verbiage caught my interest, and I made a mental note to return to it. What I found was an interesting little bit of maritime history that is now part of the History Colorado Collection.
Since the grand juries returned no indictments in the killings of Michael Brown, in Ferguson, MO, and Eric Garner, on Staten Island, NY; and a videotape of the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, OH, was viewed, America has been roiled in massive protests and cries for justice — not only justice for Mr. Brown, Mr. Garner and Master Rice but for all those who have lost their lives at the hands of law enforcement across the country.
Picture this: A dusty road leads out to a vast expanse of prairie land. You’re in the small town of Campo, Colorado, population 109. Tumbleweeds skip across the path like somersaulting skeletons. The land is flat so the wind is apparent, and if you listen closely, you can hear the war cries of the Comanche from another era. At the end of the path is the Little Homestead house, a one-bedroom cabin that withstood the harsh times of the Dust Bowl.
“But I thought it wasn’t polite to talk about someone’s race; why are you asking me to talk about it?” This is one of the many questions I often get from both kids and adults when I suggest that we (parents, caregivers, teachers, etc.) talk to each other and especially to the younger people in our lives about race.