! Greetings from Shinnecock!
With Black History month coming to a close we are reminded not to forget the struggle that minorities have been forced to overcome in this country. Still, it seems that with every advancement there are always those few ignorant, condescending folk that perpetuate a division among races. But just like our ancestors before us and all those voices that have been honored throughout Black History Month, we will not be moved.
Recently, a Tribal Member reported that a sales associate at a local appliance retailer reneged on each one of the store’s pledges: honesty, integrity and reliability. Her brand new computer was defective so she immediately called the store to report the problem and inform them that she would be returning the product. Despite the store’s no return policy on computers, she was able to get approval for an exchange from a manager who noted this correspondence in the store’s data system. However, when she went to return the product she was ignored for nearly an hour while he and other staff tended to trivial chatter with a fairer-skinned customer.
After much resistance from the sales associate to honor the note in the system, the sales associate conceded by saying, “I will do this as a one-time courtesy because
[Shinnecock] do a lot of business with us.”
Some people will read this and think: “So what is the problem? He was just doing his job …
always take things so personally.”
To that I say, in a brief account such as this, words alone cannot do the experience justice. Whether it’s just a look or direct verbal assault, we all have the ability to recognize when we are being blatantly disrespected.
So thank you sales guy for making your views clear about our people: worthy of giving you business but not worthy of receiving quality service unless we beg and bicker. We certainly will be moving our business elsewhere.
Congratulations to Shinnecock’s Kesi Goree, Paris and Noel Hodges, and Sunceri Cofiel, along with the rest of the Lady Mariners, for winning last Tuesday’s playoff game against Hampton Bays and being named Suffolk County Class B Champions! The girls will play Cold Spring Harbor on March 7 and March 10 in an attempt to move on to the state championships. We are so proud of your success!
We must also commend Shinnecock student-athletes Micha Snowden and Amar Gardner for aiding the St. Rosalie Catholic Youth Organization’s win at the January 6 and 7 holiday basketball tournament. Micha, the team’s center is the son of Lanore Davis, and Amar, the team’s point guard, is the son of Nayovawan Gardner-Chavis and Amar Gardner. Both boys, fifth-graders, had starting positions and were instrumental in helping the team achieve an undefeated season, with only one loss so far in the tournament, which is still ongoing.
On the Calendar
Miss Shinnecock Pageant, Orientation, Saturday, March 3, noon, Indian Education Building, 631-745-7162, MissShinnecockPageant@gmail.com