Noam Blum explains why ‘land acknowledgements’ are so stupid –

We’ve told you plenty about the diversity, equity, and inclusion seminars that teachers have been made to sit through. As if it weren’t woke enough to be giving a slide presentation on critical race theory or queer theory, a lot of these seminars that we’ve covered begin with a land acknowledgment; that is, the group that is meeting recognizes that its seminar is taking place on stolen land. As we told you last fall, Forest Hills Elementary, part of the Lake Oswego School District in Oregon, kicked off its Back to School Night presentation with a land acknowledgment presentation by members of the student government.

Even the American Medical Association has gotten in on the act, with the AMA’s “Advancing Health Equity: A Guide to Language, Narrative and Concepts” telling the AMA to kick off meetings with a “land and labor acknowledgment,” listing the tribes displaced from where the AMA’s headquarters now stands, and also acknowledges “the extraction of brilliance, energy and life for labor forced upon millions of people of African descent for more than 400 years.”

We’re surprised the White House hasn’t picked up on this yet, but they’re still working on getting everyone to share their pronouns at the beginning of a meeting.

Noah Blum, aka @neontaster, explains why these land acknowledgments are so dumb:

We’re not returning the land, but we do acknowledge that we’re bad people for being on it.

Harsh, but fair.


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