Instead, I want to post a few links about a sad and shameful event in American history that many of you probably don't know about- it took place in my home state, and I only barely heard about it in my history classes.
This month is the 150th anniversary of the Navajo Long Walk.
This NPR story reminded me of the anniversary.
I Googled a bit for more stories... and found almost nothing.
Here is a story from the founder of a Navajo Word of the Day website describing why he wants to retrace the route of the Long Walk. Sadly, it looks like the website is in search of new contributors, because its founder was diagnosed with cancer last fall. He is still active on his Facebook site, and a recent post indicates that his chemo course has completed and seems to have gone well.
And that is all I found, other than some pages about the Bosque Redondo monument at Fort Sumner.
On an only somewhat related note: @Tressiemc shared a link to a story about an early semiconductor chip factory built near Shiprock, New Mexico, which employed Navajo women.
Also, now would be a good time to change the names of our sports teams so that they do not insult Native Americans.
Honestly, go read about the Long Walk, or the Trail of Tears, or any number of other shameful things, and ask yourself: is the history of your sports team really that important? And is it really that tied to the name? They are asking us to change these names. Honoring this request seems like the very least we can do.
Apropos of none of this, but because I like to end my links posts with a smile, here is my favorite tweet of the week:
(√(-shit))^2 That's right. Shit just got real. #mathjoke
— Chris Johnson (@XopherJohnson) January 31, 2014
(xkcd had a pretty good poke at computer scientists, too.)