Censoring artists isn’t the answer
RE: In defence of free artistic expression (May 18)
I understand why many indigenous artists would object to aboriginal artistic style being ‘borrowed’ by white artists. It’s the same complaint many black people and musicians had when blues and jazz began to cross boundaries. They originated from a certain culture, and were appealing enough others wanted to borrow them.
What I don’t get is why the criticism and flaming is so extreme. People must be fired. People must be called the worst names imaginable. It is one thing to disagree; it is another to take to the barricades. Don’t these people understand that by demanding everyone bow to their wishes they are imposing the same censorship they would fight against if it was imposed on them? Janice Turnbull, Burlington