Educate First Nations to be modern citizens
Don Olsen, The Daily News
Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
This is the most racist thing I have ever seen published.
The Nanaimo Daily News published a document either as an editorial or a letter to the editor [likely the latter] that is so vile and hateful, I will not reprint it here. I can’t stand the thought of this filth being on our website.
The link is above. I encourage you all to read it to get a sense of what some people think of the First Nations, and what can get published by a community paper.
And I want to know who is this racist Don Olsen.
Watch for updates. I’ve sent an email to the editor. If you’d like to contact the editor and publisher, here is their information:
Hugh Nicholson, publisher
Mark MacDonald, managing editor
The disgusting post has been removed, but it has not been replaced with an apology or explanation. But you can read most of it with some good analysis here, and a screenshot of it is here.
9:51am A non-apology has shown up on their website. It is a typically cynical “we’re sorry that you were offended” piece of junk. I don’t accept that. It’s garbage and a further insult.
There is also a Facebook group planning action/response against the paper and its ignorant ways.
Vancouver Island University Board of Governors wrote an amazing, constructive, and future-focused letter about why the Don Olsen letter was a mistake and how the newspaper MAY help heal its involvement in community.
The students of the UBC Graduate School of Journalism also wrote an amazing letter to the Nanaimo Daily News.