Monday, October 31, 2016

This SJW Needs to Get Out More

Professor: "Canoes Reek of Genocide & White Privilege"
A Canadian English professor says that because canoers are generally white men, the boats are a symbol of ‘colonialism, imperialism and genocide.’
I have yet to see a modern example of colonialism, imperialism or genocide carried out using canoes.

Misao Dean, who teaches at the University of Victoria, made her remarks during an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
You would think a Canadian would know better, given the importance of canoes in Amerindian societies.
“Certainly the majority of wilderness canoers are people who have a very privileged place in society,” she said. “They’re frequently highly educated people. They’re almost completely white.”
Maybe in your lily white university department.
“We have a whole set of narratives that make the canoe into something that seems ordinary,” she also stated. “But I think if you look a little further that narrative obscures or erases another narrative – and that narrative is about, to be blunt, it’s about theft and genocide.”
Well, societies who have to rely on canoes instead of battleships tend to be at a disadvantage, which is not to say that canoes can't be exactly the right tool for many other important activities or even recreation, if you live in a society with enough wealth to permit recreation.
Dean went on to suggest that all non-indigenous people rethink canoeing.

Judging by those statements, it seems Dean is a bit fuzzy on the actual history of canoes.
Well, duh.
While canoes are prominent in indigenous history, as Andrew Cross mentions in the tweet below, people from virtually every culture used some sort of canoe throughout history.

In fact, the oldest-known canoe on the planet actually came from the Netherlands. So much for Dean’s moral pandering on behalf of indigenous people.
What do facts have to do with the religion of the Social Justice Warrior?
Even academics chided Dean for her asinine comments, to which the self-proclaimed ‘old-school feminist’ cried ‘oversimplification and anti-intellectualism.’
Wow, when even the academics see the error, you know you've jumped the shark. The stupid prof probably saw some white men happily canoeing, and decided she needed to do something about it.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi. SJW here. (I didn't actually know what this meant until people like you started calling me this!) If you had read the book, you would know that i was talking specifically about the practice of "Wilderness canoeing" "Retracing the paths of the voyageurs," etc, which is a popular pastime among urban Canadians who use this activity to bolster their sense of connection to the land. Meanwhile, many indigenous groups wait in vain for settlement of their legal claims to the very same land. I did not in any way say that indigenous people don't paddle -- what i said was, that this practice of justifying one's "Canadianness" by paddling was really a way of ignoring the injustice of the way settler communities have treated FN. And indeed, academics who know something about the field think that what I said was pretty tame: try reading this: I never used the term "white privilege" or "reek" at all. This is another case of selective quotation to try to make your point -- something you would have learned about in my first year class, if indeed you attended university at all.