How dare you! Ketchikan Gets A Dose Of Cancel Culture On Western Clothing At Basketball Game With Metlakatla
In a rainforest town where there are no cowboys and few, if any, horses, high school students who dress in the west have offended some residents of nearby Metlakatla, a place devoid of of horses, cows, and cowboys. The offended people took to social media to declare the Ketchikan students racist.
The Ketchikan High School Cheer Club explained that they simply chose “country” as their theme, and so everyone dressed in whatever Western clothing one could find in a town that has more of Uniroyal boots than inhabitants, and where fishing, boat repair and tourism are the main economies.
The Ketchikan High School Pep Club has now issued an apology to Metlakatla for wearing western attire during the recent high school basketball game between the two schools:
“On behalf of the Kayhi Pep Club and the student body participating in the Student Section, we would like to apologize and discuss the incidents that occurred last weekend at the KHS I MHS boys basketball games. Our intentions were not malicious. In retrospect and after reflection, there was an underlying offensive connection to historical atrocities. We fully recognize the cultural insensitivity of the theme and apologize for the harm it has caused Metlakatla and our own community.
“As we work to understand your views, we humbly ask that you hear our views. The Pep Club theme, ‘Country’, has been chosen at random with no intention of being interpreted as ‘Cowboys v Indians ‘. The country theme is one we’ve used on a number of occasions in the past, including in October. To clear up confusion around some of the ‘strange’ or eerie noises that were embarrassingly heard by the crowd, it’s just a habit we’ve picked up every game this year to bark like dogs at the opposing team to try to distract them from shooting free throws.
“We cannot go back in time and correct our wrong decisions, but we can move forward and learn from our mistakes. As a club, we discussed our current practices related to decision-making around event themes and defined new approval processes that include cultural, racial, and gender sensitivity checks. We have identified a lack of cultural humility within our school and are committed to working with the school administration, tribal leaders and community stakeholders to identify meaningful opportunities to gain knowledge, to understand and rebuild trust between our students, school staff, community and neighbours. . We regret our actions and look forward to discussing opportunities for growth, as individuals and as a community, from this experience.