Sunday, June 12, 2005

Schweitzer stands up for free speech, again

Schweitzer hammers a high school's discrimination against the bolo tie and makes the Washington Post. Via Kos:

A Charles County high school's decision to deny a diploma to a senior who wore a bolo tie to graduation didn't offend just the student and his family. Montana's governor is mighty annoyed, too.

"To have some high school say that a bolo tie is not a tie is an outrage," said Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D), who called The Washington Post yesterday after reading an article about 17-year-old Thomas Benya.

"In Montana and anyplace in Indian country, a bolo tie is dressed up. A tie is a tie," Gov. Brian Schweitzer says. (Office Of Gov. Brian Schweitzer)

Cultural Tie Gets in the Way Of Graduation
Charles County student is denied his diploma after wearing a braided bolo tie under his graduation gown as a subtle tribute to his Native American heritage.

"In Montana and anyplace in Indian country, a bolo tie is dressed up," he said. "A tie is a tie."

Schweitzer, who has a collection of more than 30 string ties, called to encourage Benya yesterday and is sending him a Montana state bolo.

The Waldorf teenager first wore his black, braided tie to a graduation rehearsal Tuesday as a symbol of his Native American roots. His paternal grandmother's father and grandfather were born on a Cherokee reservation in Oklahoma.
So Schweitzer stands up for Native American rights and free speech and a high school kid all at once. Brilliant trifecta!


Blogger Lavoisier1794 said...

I never thought I'd see the words "Brian Schweitzer" and "College of Southern Maryland" in the same article.

June 13, 2005 12:03 AM  
Blogger Nonpartisan said...

Hopefully before too many more years you'll see "Brian Schweitzer" next to everything in the nation.

And thanks for my first comment on the site!

June 13, 2005 8:40 AM  

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