Robert Jago Is Pissed Off
The Algonquin freaking community something gets pissed at a drinking comment and that gets press - but the National Association of Friendship Centres, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples coming out to condemn a candidate for advocating the slaughter of innocents - nothing. Not word one in the press.
I knew there was some media bias, but really. . .
Maybe I was ready to get all riled up about this because I'd just read a story written by my old friend Wawmeesh George Hamilton, a reporter with the Alberni Valley News: An outbreak of tuberculosis in the Alberni Valley could have been contained earlier if funding hadn’t been cut to a Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council initiative at an uptown soup kitchen, say local officials.
It's a fair and balanced story, written in the fair and balanced tone Wawmeesh is known for, as in: Maybe the tuberculosis outbreak in the valley could have been contained if the tribal program hadn't died for lack of funds, and then again, maybe not. But what struck me was the word.
Think about that word for a minute. Maybe even say it out loud. Think about that ancient , Old World disease, and how it was the scourge of the working classes in the 19th century, and how it went on to kill thousands of aboriginal people in this country during the 20th century, and how it has been almost thoroughly eliminated among white people in North America,but here we are, in 2008, and still, among the Nuu-chah-nulth of the Alberni Valley, an outbreak. Tuberculosis.
So I was already pissed off when I read Robert's post. It's not just because Robert's enemies are my enemies. It's because Robert is right.
The way these cases have been handled by the news media is sick and wrong.