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Acceptance, respect, understanding...
by Cecelia Johnson


October 23, 2004

I need to put in my four cents. Yes, you're indigenous to Germany--did your people hunt, gather, and fish? Yes, you should have access to "Your food."

I wish the fact you stated was true, "people are people no matter whether you're white, brown, purple or green." Fact is, in my world, people are people if you're white. I have experienced dicrimination in the workplace and in this community. The blatant fact is, the Indigenous people in this area are Alaska Native. We are surrounded by white, Filipino, Hispanic, that makes for a nice sample of each other's culture.

The truth lies in accepting each other's differences, respecting each other, and understanding that each individual has a story and history.

Cecelia Johnson
Ketchikan, AK - USA


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