‘Here We Go Again…’

Throughout Canada, Canadians of all backgrounds are encouraged to explore the many cultures that now make up the ‘Canadian mosaic’, and to not just celebrate their own culture but to try out other cultural traditions foreign to one’s own. Aboriginal people have, for the most part, eagerly embraced many aspects of other cultures, from clothing to music to movies to vehicles to guns to electricity to computers to… well, you get the picture.

However, when it comes to others using aspects of aboriginal culture, suddenly it is called ‘cultural appropriation’ and its use meant to be restricted – meaning that ‘permission’ is required. This blatant hypocrisy – with its xenophobic and racist overtones – needs to be called out… SayNO, 'Here We Go Again', 800x800‘Okanagan Indian Band says ‘Ogopogo’ children’s book ‘misappropriates’ culture’

“[The book] misappropriates our culture and our beliefs and our structures,”

said Chief Byron Louis in an interview with ‘CBC News’.

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‘Playing With Fire…?’

The copyright on “Mein Kampf” has expired and we already have this:SayNO, 'Playing With Fire...' 800x800“An Italian newspaper has published Hitler’s political manifesto, “Mein Kampf”…

“The…Milan daily ‘Il Giornale’ gave the book free to whoever purchased the newspaper and first installment of William Shirer’s “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich”.

“The daily is publishing volumes exploring ‘Third Reich’ history, and defended its decision in its Saturday edition by arguing that reading “Mein Kampf” is the

“true antidote to the toxins of national socialism.”

“Editor Alessandro Sallusti stressed the version included critical commentary by an Italian professor of contemporary history. Sallusti also said he wanted to make readers understand “where and why absolute evil was born,” but acknowledged that protests over the publication were “legitimate” and even “understandable”. Continue reading “‘Playing With Fire…?’”