Friday, March 5, 2010

An interesting twist in the story of the racist ad

No doubt you've heard about the appallingly racist "joke" ad someone posted on an online classified site the other day. Now it's understandable that the website's owners didn't notice the ad until the complaints started pouring in. It seems, though, that there are limits to the parent company's sympathy with First Nations issues:

This isn't the first time Black Press has been caught up in a controversy involving aboriginal people.

In 1998, company owner David Black prohibited his papers from publishing editorials in favour of the Nisga'a treaty, which was the first modern treaty in B.C. history.

Black also ordered his editors to publish eight columns opposing the treaty, which were all written by Mel Smith.

Smith, a former assistant deputy attorney general, was perhaps B.C.'s most outspoken critic of the Nisga'a treaty at the time.

From the Georgia Straight. I'm not saying the company was responsible for the ad (I'm sure they weren't) but it sure looks bad on them...

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