POLL: How should a BC Legion atone for publishing a joke about ‘beer-baiting’ and hunting Indigenous people to their death?

A Legion based out of Cranbrook BC is at the center of a storm over a racist joke printed in its August 2012 newsletter. The joke’s premise features non-native hunters from two different Prairie provinces discussing whether it’s okay to pick off Indians with a rifle. After the one shows the other how it’s done […]

“Kill Indians”: Grappling with Graffiti in Thunder Bay

Some mighty disturbing sentiments greeted visitors to the downtown of Thunder Bay, Ontario this week, including this offensive phrase: The “Kill Indians” scrawl seen above was just one of many derogatory if not outright hateful messages spray-painted throughout high traffic areas in TB. According to the tbnewswatch.com, Nishnawbe-Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy says it’s […]

POLL: Do You Love or Loathe the Chicago Blackhawks Logo?

Yesterday, I posted a video from a Chicago television station wherein a sports anchor implied that the logo for the Chicago Blackhawks does not inspire the “fury” among Aboriginal people that other logos do. Well, wouldn’t you know it, non-Aboriginal sports columnist Damien Cox went and recently branded the logo as “racially insensitive.” Judging from […]

Native American “Fury” and the Chicago Blackhawks

A story from WLS-TV about how the Chicago Blackhawks logo has supposedly “avoided much fury from Native American groups” — note the absence of irony in the sportscaster’s use of the word ‘fury’ — upset over the use of such ‘Aboriginal’ iconography and nomenclature by sports teams. A follow-up post will explore the various contours […]