Spec shouldn’t have pub­lished this opin­ion

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: In de­fence of free artis­tic ex­pres­sion (May 18)

That a naive, ill in­formed writer writes in de­fence of a naive, ig­no­rant and en­ti­tled white artist, is maybe not so sur­pris­ing.

That the news­pa­per of a fairly ma­jor metropoli­tan cen­tre (whose build­ings rest on Anishi­naabe lands), chose to dis­sem­i­nate this white­s­plain­ing, is wrong and in­ap­pro­pri­ate for so many rea­sons. That the Hamil­ton Spec­ta­tor would pub­lish this opin­ion piece, on the heels of, and in light of, all of that’s been rightly (and wrongly) said on the topic of cul­tural ap­pro­pri­a­tion in the last sev­eral days, is mind bog­gling.

This piece, guided as “in de­fence of free­dom ex­pres­sion” and writ­ten in de­fence of an artist, who clearly ap­pro­pri­ated and copied the work of Nor­val Mor­ris­seau, high­lights and per­pet­u­ates an all too com­mon ed­i­to­rial view that sup­ports the on­go­ing white colo­nial­ist ap­pro­pri­a­tion of Canada’s indige­nous cul­ture.

I’m em­bar­rassed/ashamed to be white and an artist liv­ing in Hamil­ton. Svava Julius­son, Hamil­ton

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