Racial Insensitivity Outline

Brilliant Essays
Nick Smith
Mr. Kirsten
English 12
12 November 2015
Racial Insensitivity in Bayfield Schools
Thesis: Racial and cultural insensitivity has existed in the Bayfield Schools for a number of years, but was not rightfully acknowledged until valedictorian Victoria Gokee-Rindall’s commencement speech in 2013.

I. Intro
A. thesis
B. introduction of each side
C. purpose statement
II. What is smudging
A. What is it
B. What does it do/why do you do it
C. How does one do it
1. how to
2. when to
3. where to
III. Victoria Gokee-Rindal’s speech
A. What it was about
B. how it affected the students
C. surfacing of racial insensitivity
IV. School regulations that limit cultural activity
A. what are they
B. why are they in place
V. Solution? Nick
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(Charleyboy, 1) It also is done to cleanse an individual’s aura of negative energy. When burned, sage or other sacred herbs have been proven to release negative electrons, and exposure to more negative electrons, scientists believe is linked to a positive mood. (Charleyboy, 1) Generally, smudging is a Native American practice that has been observed throughout history and culture, but other non-Native individuals can also practice the spiritual ritual as well. There are a number of occasions for the art of smudging. This includes when an individual moves to a new home, gets a new job, when guests come over, before and after meditation or a yoga session, after an argument or an illness, or even after returning home from being in a crowded situation. (Maloney, 2) The first step is to acquire the sage or other herb. These can be found in local herb shops, metaphysical stores, and even some yoga and healing art centers. The next step is to to put the dried herbs in a heat-resistant bowl where you can light it until it smokes. Careful not to let it set on fire (as you only need the smoke), you then use your hand or a feather to direct the smoke over your head and body, visualizing all negative energy dissolving with the smoke. Start to move about the room, …show more content…
Aslyn, Dave. “July District Administrator Report.” 14 July 2014. Web. 29 October 2015. www.bayfield.k12.wi.us/community/District%20Administrator%20Report%20July%202014.pdf
2. Charleyboy, Lisa. “The Ancient Art of Smudging.” Spirituality Health. November 2012. Web. 11 October 2015.
3. “Excerpt from Victoria Gokee-Rindal’s Speech.” Duluth News Tribune. 4 June 2013. Web. 1 November 2015.
4. KBJR News 1. “Bayfield High School Students Walk-Out Claiming Racial Discrimination.” Northland News Center. 5 June 2013. Web. 1 November 2015.
5. Malorey, Tiffany. “A Sage Smudging Ritual To Cleanse Your Aura & Clear Your Space.” Mind Body Green. 13 March 2015. Web. 1 November 2015.
6. Myers John. “Bayfield Students Walk Out As Racial Issues Surface.” Duluth News Tribune. 4 June 2013. Web. 28 October 2015.
7. O’Connor, Bess. “Clear Your Energy And Lift Your Spirits With the Sacred of Smudging.” Chopra. Web. 1 November 2015.
8. Simonson, Mike. “Valedictorian Call High School Out On Native American Discrimination.” Wisconsin Public Radio. 6 June 2013. Web. 1 November 2015.
9. “Wisconsin Student Stage Walkout, Cite Racial Issues.” Indian Country Today Media Network. 6 June 2013. Web. 30 October

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