Cen­sor­ing artists isn’t the an­swer

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

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

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