Nanaimo Daily News Article: Don Olsen
I usually stay away from heavy political discussions and rhetoric in regards to this blog but since I read the original letter last night, I tossed and turned, my brain in overdrive, trying to figure out why another human being (that shares the same air, earth and living space with everyone else) would go out of their way to write such an unusually ignorant and uneducated letter. Yes people, we all have opinions and we are free to share these opinions, but really, why would a respectful newspaper publish this? Before I continue here is the article (link to the original article has now been pulled):
Though it seems like a "letter to the editor" one can only assume by the title under the heading "Don Olsen, The Daily News" he is affiliated with Nanaimo Daily News.
To make matters worse this is not the first time this man has written letters to the paper: Pro-Pipeline Nanaimo News Bulletin Article. Aside from coming across as ignorant and racist, he is pro-pipeline (mere coincidence no?) I would love to hear from Don Olsen and have him explain where he gets his facts and what background he has that allows him to be such an expert on the history of First Nations.
Sometimes I'm embarrassed to be white. I'm disappointed some people choose to write and say hateful, uneducated and disrespectful things and rectify their actions with the "Freedom of Speech" rhetoric. Have we not progressed past this point? We are all human, we all have to co-exist on the same earth and we are all in this together. Regardless of my opinion, I am shocked the Nanaimo Daily News made the decision to publish this piece and I believe the First Nations people deserve a public apology from Don Olsen and the Nanaimo Daily News. I will be boycotting this newspaper until they make their wrong right.
Today at noon there will be a protest at the Nanaimo Daily News headquarters on 2575 McCullough Rd. People are outraged and would like a full page retraction and public apology which I fully support. You can also visit the official Facebook Page for more information.
You are also encouraged to write to the Nanaimo Daily News team if you would like to express your feelings and thoughts towards this:
Editorial contact information:
Mark MacDonald, managing editor
Andrea Rosato-Taylor, advertising manager
Les Gould, director of reader sales
Rachel Mason, business manager
You can also join in the conversation on Twitter, by tweeting to them at : Nanaimo Daily News
and using the hashtag #educatenanaimodaily
One final note, let's put some energy into understanding and loving each other more. We all share this earth. We are all in this together. Respect your fellow human.