Headline to Headline; Let’s Play

Big day in Canadian news today and this makes it a good day to play, which headline is real?

“City of Victoria To Remove Statue of Depraved, Racist Drunk and Canada’s 1st Prime Minister”

or

“Sports Officials Unable to Find Non-Indigenous Team Names, Despite Entire Universe”

If you said neither, you’d be wrong. Well, almost wrong. Headline one is all truth, but only part of it was actually published. You can probably guess they didn’t print the “Racist” part or the “depraved” and “drunk” parts either. However, Victoria, BC did elect to take down the statue of John A. MacDonald, with the city’s Mayor explaining, ‘Indigenous people do not need to walk past this painful reminder of colonial violence each time they enter the doors of their municipal government.’  See the story details behind this move at “RECONCILIATION AND REMOVAL OF JOHN A. MACDONALD STATUE FROM STEPS OF CITY HALL“.

Of course, reaction to this event is fairly predictable. Outrage about ‘erasing history’ and insult to Canadian history, which might have deserved a hint of sympathy if actual history hadn’t of course, already been erased and ignored. Particularly the parts about the brutal terrorism and murder committed by MacDonald in the name of cleansing the “Indian problem” from the landscapes of their home in favour of European settlers looking to escape the tyranny of their own homeland.

The United Nations have a name for these acts that many Canadians are unable to accept for the black mark that it is, because it firmly rests upon their ancestors. It’s genocide, and just that one word alone is enough to cause shudders of distaste from the capital city that’s removing the statue, to the cliff edges of Newfoundland. If pushed, these people will make some allowance instead, for the term: Cultural Genocide.

In the end, as far as the descendants of ongoing traumas are concerned, the Indigenous Peoples, semantics do little for the scars of the policies then or the ones still being created in the name of “Reconciliation” today. That there are some Canadians who recognize their own real history and want to begin anew in how to present it and make amends, I raise my glass and hands to them.

No one, in the name of decency, wants to venerate genocidal sociopaths. The real history is that it took that kind of person to build Canada’s foundation. If Canada wants to change its historical record to the decency it claims world over, recognizing this is a start. Desires to instead teach Canada’s history from a realistic place in a real effort to uplift the marginalized and defeat repeating history, are the real heroics of this story.

The second headline is from one of my favorite Indigenous satire news magazines ever, Walking Eagle News!  Read Tim Fontaine’s take here, on our ongoing efforts to inform North America that it’s long past the due date to retire the remaining team names, logos, & mascots depicting caricatures and stereotypes of the Indigenous/Native Americans.

This work began in the 1950s, but it has only been since the advent of social media that we’ve been able to make a dent in the social consciences of both Canada and the U.S. I encourage you to read more in detail at the Change The Mascot organizationThe American Psychology Association has published several reports on how these images perpetuate harm to both Indigenous people and the communities that surround them.

To anyone who recognized both headlines are the truth, you win. Spread the word.

RL

 

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8 Responses to Headline to Headline; Let’s Play

  1. Thohahente says:

    Great blog !!!! I was just commenting on a thread about Treaty 4 and how Canada coerced a limited cede from the people by starving them until they conceded, then Canada proceeded to take all the land and ignore the terms of the agreement, until this day. There is proof that the drunk from Kingston added the full text of the cede and surrender long after the negotiations were done and the treaty signed. Of course all this abhorrent behaviour was learned from the English. We know you can always tell an Englishman but you can’t tell ’em much. In this case they get downright shirty when we call their actions racist and those who they trained and influenced, racists and genocidal sociopaths.

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  2. Thohahente says:

    On 2018-08-08, 7:58 PM, “Blog Woman!!! – Life Uncategorized” wrote:

    > Blog Woman!!! posted: ” Big day in Canadian news today and this makes it a > good day to play, which headline is real? “City of Victoria To Remove Statue > of Depraved, Racist Drunk and Canada’s 1st Prime Minister” or “Sports > Officials Unable to Find Non-Indigenou” >

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  3. papa miller says:

    Love it hon.

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  4. calmkate says:

    powerful summation of your people’s situation … you could be writing it about our Traditional Landowners! It’s no different here … at the recent writers festival they did have maybe five token authors but I had to leave one panel forum coz everything the TL’s said the white professor argued opposite … next days forum was supposed to be hosted by a white fellow but they took a stand and got their own host … I thoroughly enjoyed that session.
    Today there was a huge land rights protest with hundreds busing in state wide … that wasn’t even reported on our news. Didn’t rate even a mention 😦

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    • Wow, well it sounds a lot like what’s happening in your area is happening here.We have loads of actions going on and they don’t rate much attention by the general Cdn public, but I think we’re still making some inroads. So many fronts to have to man…. More people within the typical Cdn social classes are beginning to step up and that makes some aspects become easier. I’ll pray for the same for your country. Thanks for your usual thoughtfulness, ck. xo

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      • calmkate says:

        always wish I could do more .. but i support and publicise where possible, often our traditional landowners don’t want the publicity so I comply but don’t understand it …

        Like

  5. koffer2015 says:

    Sad but true. Outrageous, yet true.

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