To the explosively growing list of what must be shunned to maintain ideological purity we can now add paddling around in a canoe:
According to Misao Dean, Professor of English at the University of Victoria, the canoe can be a symbol of colonialism, imperialism and genocide due to history. She also accused the canoers of cultural appropriation because they are primarily white men and have a privileged place in society.
In a radio interview for CBC Radio, which wasn’t picked [up] by the Internet until several months later, she claimed “we have a whole set of narratives that make the canoe into a kind of morally untouchable symbol, something that seems natural, that seems ordinary, and seems to promote values that we ascribe to.”
“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”, the professor said.
Dean went on to accuse canoes of frequently getting paddled by white men, the most odious people imaginable for a liberal academic. She also denounced canoe-paddlers as “frequently highly educated people” — a odd condemnation coming from a supposed educator.
CBC Radio host Jim Brown then asked a question: “Should we look at the canoe as a non-controversial symbol or should we look at it as a symbol of colonialism?”
To which the academic replied: “Absolutely a symbol of colonialism. It seems to me that this narrative we tell ourselves about the canoe about how canoeing makes us in touch with nature, how canoeing makes us in some way guiltless of the terrible things that the Canadian government and Canadians in general did to First Nations people.”
Political correctness is now so repressive that even Justin Trudeau — arguably the quintessential moonbat — can be accused of thought crime:
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) August 20, 2013
On a tip from Wilberforce.