Thursday, August 04, 2005

What's Wrong With This Picture?

The Corps of Discovery

Some people argued that the concept of diversity do not work because it will only lead divisiveness. Not really. I supported the concept of diversity to an ... extent. I heard some whining comments from Republicans, Conservatives and Xians who accused Liberals, Democrats and other minority groups for not being diverse enough to include them.

Last time I knew, liars is not part of diversity!

But I digress. Let's run back to 1804. Thomas Jefferson decided to send an expedition through the lands which Bonaparte Napoleon sold to the United States also known as The Louisiana Purchase. Needless to say, many of you were taught that William Clark and Meriwether Lewis led the expedition to the Pacific Ocean. They were also led not only by a woman but also the Native American, Sacagawea.

Among the members of the Corps of Discovery is John Cotler, this guy was born and raised near Staunton, Virginia -- where I attended the deaf school. John Cotler was the first caucasian that walked around the region with geysers and stuff like that and came back to report the findings to Lewis & Clark. They thought John Cotler was nuts or something. The folks then termed Cotler's tales as "Cotler's Hell". The place that John Cotler described is now known as Yellowstone National Park!

However, what is wrong with this picture above? Actually, there is nothing wrong with it -- you can see African American slave York, French Canadian Toussaint Charbonneau, Native American woman Sacagawea working with John Cotler, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. This image is the perfect example of what diversity is all about.

Update: Off the point but still consistent with the remarks that I wrote this week -- another Boy Scout is dead, apparently, God is not done with the Boy Scouts. I should warn the male adolescents that joining the Boy Scouts is more likely to get them killed than joining the [insert the group]!

Update II: Don't forget to turn the comments in for Bitch Session IX -- due this Friday!



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