October 11, 2020
Kansas City, MO-
In standing with solidarity with Not In Our Honor, the drum honoree/ Spirit Leader Edgar Palacios decided to not hit the drum and continue stereotypes perpetuated by this action.
Palacios was picked for his contributions to the Hispanic/Latinx communities for Hispanic Heritage Month. He found the Latinx Education Collaborative to increase the representation of Latinx education professionals in K-12.
Mr. Palacios felt by supporting Native Americans, he can help the message get to the KC football team that it does “take all of us” to “End Racism”. Palacios stated,
“While humbled to be recognized by our local football team to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, I did not feel comfortable banging the drum. As Cesar Chavez once said, “Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.”
Not In Our Honor and the Kansas City Indian Center greatly appreciate Mr. Palacios contributions to our cause.
Rhonda LeValdo, Acoma Pueblo; Amanda Blackhorse, Navajo Nation; Jimmy Beason, Osage Nation; Carole Cadue-Blackwood, Kickapoo Nation; Shereena Becenti, Navajo Nation; Ed Thomas Smith, Osage Nation; Gaylene Crouser, Kansas City Indian Center Executive Director