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Old 01-17-2006, 04:21 PM   #1
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Racism At The Ymca

For those reading this page who are Native, no words need be written concerning the images and words on this page. We know, firsthand the knife pains of a plundered culture whose images and sacred symbols and roles are taken by another without understanding...and then made a mockery.
For those of you who are not of the First Nations, the following may seem a "bit of fun", a way of drawing families together...but at whose expense?
Are there no sacred symbols within your own heritage from which you may draw? Is your history so devoid of honor and respect, responsibility, caring and faith that you need take the history of another culture as your own (for entertainment?)? Where is the honesty in this? the responsibility?

The following words and images come from various YMCA "tribes" sites. clicking on the image will take you to the page from which the photo was obtained. They are reproduced here as an educational tool under Title 17 of the International Copywrite law, Fair Use doctrine, in order to end this practice of casual racism.

Five Principles I- The YMCA adopted Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Caring and Faith as the five guiding principles. Since we have six camp-outs, these scripts fit well. We used this in the 1995-96 season.

The Medicine Man, newly inducted into the secret rite of the Fire Maker, attempted the impossible flying flaming arrow technique to light the campfire. While momentarily confused (the arrow flew over the target, but did not land!), the necessary magic spells were invoked and the flaming arrow found its mark and started the campfire!
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