Friday, June 19, 2015

Embracing diversity stressed at Maine Child Welfare Conference - The Sugar Coated Version from the BDN

The keynote speaker at the 21st annual Maine Child Welfare Conference told the story of how well-meaning and loving relatives didn’t accept that her child, who is half black and half white, needed to be treated differently when it came to her hair care.
Embracing diversity stressed at Maine Child Welfare Conference
Nok-Noi Ricker, the author of the above article who works on the staff of the Bangor Daily News apparently failed to mention, in her article about embracing diversity in regards to children of different races, anything about the Wabanaki and the findings of evidence of cultural genocide that Maine's Child Welfare System has been guilty of for years.

So instead of telling the truth that we should all know, such as how they are going to change the system to better serve all children including the Wabanaki and keep in line with the Indian Child Welfare Act, we get this Attention Diverting, Sugar Coated waste of newspaper space that makes for much more lighthearted reading.

I did contact Nok-Noi by email and asked her about this. Here's how the exchange went.
to nricker

In your article about Embracing Diversity at Maine's Child Welfare Conference, you forgot to mention that Maine's child welfare system routinely engages in cultural genocide of the Wabanaki people.

You didn't even mention them. 
Perhaps you should stop sugar coating the child welfare issue and tell the truth.
She quickly responded with this...
to me

Reporter Nick Sambides did an entire story on that issue over the weekend, so I was told to focus on the diversity. 
Sent from Ricker's iPhone
(she was told what to wite?) So I asked her...
to Nok-Noi 
Was the Wabanaki TRC even brought up at this conference?
She replied...
to me 
I don't know. It was the last item on the day-long conference agenda. I was called away at noon because police spotted the wanted murderer up in Guildford. Sorry I can't provide more assistance.
Of course all any good reporter would have to do would look at the conference brochure that I assume she got, and see that the issue was in fact brought up, but apparently they'd rather have you believe that the most serious racial or cultural challenge facing DHHS is teaching white people how to properly care for a black child's hair, not that that's not important.  People who care for children should know how to properly care for any child.

But in light of the cultural genocide that has taken place in Maine for years, I think it's at least worth a mention.

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