I will admit to having never heard of Fort Morgan in school while growing up. In Virginia there’s a lot greater focus on Richmond and Arlington than Mobile, Alabama. But Jake and his sister, having grown up in Alabama, knew enough about it to be excited. And excitement is contagious.
The next time you see an ad with an Indian in feathers selling cigarettes or “peace tokens,” think twice about how comfortable we all are with racism. We, as a society, have become comfortable ignoring the Native American population here in the United States. It’s the perfect illustration of the childish logic of “if I ignore it, it will go away.” The United States will never be able to hold its head high, truly, until we’ve confronted these issues.