At this point, I guess I really shouldn't be shocked that a person holding high government office, like Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, would be capable of such casually ignorant racism. That he would direct it at Rep. Colleen Hanabusa while she was questioning him about funding for the preservation of the history of Japanese American internment during World War II—and do it with a smirky smile (see the video)—has me banging my head against my desk in frustration.
First off, this isn't intended to be a partisan political post. I really am trying to approach this from a history/social science angle. The topic I'm addressing is already being vigorously discussed in social media, at home, in the hallways, and in the classroom. I'm writing with the hope of helping to ground the discussion in American history.
Remember sitting in history class thinking: "If I was alive then, I would've..."? Well you are alive now. Whatever you're doing is what you would've done.
I've been experimenting with Flipgrid in US Gov. So far so good!
Intro slide for a lesson on the Electoral College with witty cultural reference from a totally classic movie—it sailed right over their heads.
I should note that this was less of a fail than when I, for some reason, referenced the Wookie homeworld (Kashyyyk), mispronounced it and recieved a swift correction from the front row. My geek pride is still a little wounded from that one.