Tag Archives: Cultural Appropriation

‘No More Peter Pan?’

Here’s where ‘Reconciliation’ becomes just another word for cultural bullying. At some point, there has to be a limit to aboriginal ‘sensitivities’. After all, ‘tolerance’ — like ‘reconciliation’ — is a TWO-way street:

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“Cardston is a small Mormon town in southwest Alberta and right across the street is the Kainai ‘Nation’ {a ‘nation’ of 12,258 people}, or Blood Tribe. The people of the Blood Tribe frequent Cardston to shop or see a doctor, but they say doing those things includes experiencing racism…

“An example was a ‘Peter Pan’ play put on by the local theatre company. Continue reading ‘No More Peter Pan?’

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‘More Logo Bullying’

“An ‘indigenous’ {‘Siberian settler’} parent appeared before the ‘Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario’ on Monday, alleging that the city of Mississauga, Ont., discriminated against him by allowing “racist” names and logos of minor league teams in local arenas. 

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“Brad Gallant’s children played organized hockey at city-run rinks in Mississauga, where he said banners and trophies bearing the logos of teams like the ‘Mississauga Braves’ and the ‘Lorne Park Ojibwa’ created

“a hostile environment.”

Continue reading ‘More Logo Bullying’

‘It’s That Time Of Year Again’

Once again, aboriginal activists  are using Hallowe’en costumes as an excuse to attack other Canadians: 

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“Halloween is usually a time of fun for the whole family but Native groups in Montreal are upset over costumes that they are calling ‘racist’. Some protesters have taken to protesting the outfits by placing stickers reading “We’re Not Costumes” on them in Halloween stores.

“Jessica Deer (@Kanhehsiio), a member of the ‘Kahnawake {The racist, Segregationist Mohawk reserve} Youth Forum’, was arrested on Friday for placing the stickers.

“The police told us either we had to pay for everything that was damaged or face charges for vandalism or mischief”, she said, adding that she was forced to buy more than $1,500 worth of costumes. 

Continue reading ‘It’s That Time Of Year Again’

‘Symbol Of Colonialism’

“Forget Halloween costumes and yoga, there’s a new symbol of cultural appropriation—the canoe.  

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“According to Misao Dean, ‘Professor of English’ at the University of Victoria {of course}, the canoe can be a symbol of ‘colonialism’, ‘imperialism’ and ‘genocide’ due to history. She also accused the canoers of ‘cultural appropriation’ because they are primarily ‘white’ men and have a ‘privileged’ place in society.  Continue reading ‘Symbol Of Colonialism’

‘The ‘Indigenization’ and ‘Racialization’ of Canadian Universities’

“In Canada, in particular, one of the things I think about is many Canadians identify as immigrants … There are many stories of survival, hardship, struggle that go with that. Turning all those people, all of a sudden, into ‘settlers’ who’ve displaced ‘indigenous’ peoples is tricky and quite often leads to acrimony.” {!}  –Jill Scott, Queen’s University professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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“There’s a new {racial} buzzword rolling off the tongues of Canada’s university administrators: ‘indigenization’. 

“Campuses are looking for new ways to welcome aboriginal students, recruit aboriginal faculty members and embed ‘indigenous’ content in the curriculum. Some schools are even requiring all students — no matter what their specialization — to take at least one ‘indigenous’ studies course before they graduate.

“…Some academics are urging schools to proceed cautiously: Don’t lose sight of the whole Canadian story. Continue reading ‘The ‘Indigenization’ and ‘Racialization’ of Canadian Universities’

‘Deconstructing The Aboriginal Industry’

“The ‘Aboriginal Industry’ favours Segregation over Integration…”

“The generally dysfunctional character of aboriginal community leadership and administration remains deeply entrenched because of the influence of an industry of lawyers, consultants and other professionals that benefit from the status quo of native dependency.

“These opportunists encourage a culture of opposition – to virtually any government attempt to improve aboriginal conditions – on the basis of entitlement for past injustices.

“They then, through their advocacy “research”, construct apologetics that justify aboriginal isolation and marginalization.” ERBLDeconstructingTheAboriginalIndustry800x800 Continue reading ‘Deconstructing The Aboriginal Industry’

‘Who owns culture?’

“Scholarship cannot thrive if limits are placed on who can investigate the past, or if lines of investigation are shut down. The Western traditions for the production and disposition of knowledge…are the best way to research history and culture.” ERBLWhoOwnsCulture800x800“In America, Canada, Australasia and even parts of Europe, since the 1990s ‘indigenous’ people have been granted extensive control over art and artefacts in museums. Museum policies mandate the active involvement of ‘source communities’…in decisions about exhibitions, research and the care of objects.

“An unfortunate elision is made between someone’s ethnicity and their authority to speak definitively about cultural artefacts, which excludes those who do not share that ethnicity, despite their expertise.

“It has meant the disappearance from public display of important material. Artefacts are segregated and access to them limited if they are sacred or have ceremonial status. Continue reading ‘Who owns culture?’

‘Let’s Talk About Cultural Appropriation, Shall We?’

I made a video with this feathered headdress that I bought from an online store in Indonesia. They make beautiful headdresses, and I was free to buy and wear it, so I did.

ERBLLetsTalkAboutCulturalAppropriationShallWe800x800MY VIDEO GOT 20,000 HITS IN 24 HOURS, AND OVER 50,000 VIEWS IN LESS THAN A WEEK. I have closed it now, it was only up to make a point, and I sure did.

I got full-on death threats, abuse, hate and racism like no other post or video I have done…so far, and that’s saying something.

And do you know why it got so many views and so much hate mail? Because they go ballistic over everything that they can find to be offended by. It’s their way of life, their culture, to look very, very hard and see bad in everything, even respected and LOVED sports’ team logos. Continue reading ‘Let’s Talk About Cultural Appropriation, Shall We?’