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The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario is set to hear a case of a man who says indigenous names and symbols used by some hockey teams demonstrate institutional racism.
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"I would say to Cleveland, join us! It feels really good to make this decision and to see all the support that came to us."
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The past week has brought a number of important issues to the forefront -- and many revolve around athletics. So, can we talk about freedom of expression in gym class?
Thanks perhaps to our own anguish over the last few years as we emerged from that dark tunnel where we finally began to understand the harm we have caused Canada's Indigenous people over the last 100 years, many Canadians are prepared to stand with First Nations in this fight.
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"Mr. Cardinal, who has long fought for the rights of Indigenous Peoples, has simply had enough."
Thing is, it's not just about Cleveland. It's about dehumanizing and objectifying indigenous people, turning them into insulting caricatures and inaccurate stereotypes. It's about fans putting on redface and headdresses, doing tomahawk chops and war whoops. It's about clinging to the racist past instead of progressing into an equitable future. But change is happening...
"He was genuinely sorry for being such a jerk that day."
Why did he wear it? "It was clean."
Toronto Star columnist Rosie DiManno's latest piece is an unequivocal defense of racist and offensive sports logos, including the Chicago Blackhawks and yes, even the Washington Redskins. But does her own logic support this mentality? Would she feel the same if we were talking about a team called The Toronto Jews, with its logo showcasing noble profile of a Jewish Hassid? Not quite.