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Odd things about that article, to me:

"That went back and forth… The higher-ups at the student federation got involved, finally we got an email routed through the student federation basically saying they couldn't get a French name and nobody wants to do it, so we're going to cancel it for now."

What does that mean - they couldn't get a French name ? Does that mean they had to rename it from Yoga and needed to get a French name for the new (ostensibly the same class, just renamed) class ?

I am glad that people are being sensitive but if there is a minority of people from the culture in question who are actually upset then this smacks of didacticism.

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How about wearing a kilt? All kinds of idiots from every culture in the world wear kilts to do all kinds of stupid things and I don't see Scots getting bent out of shape over it, let alone the PC nitwits at places like the U of O.

I'm still catching up. But when I saw this, I was thinking on a similar line but with regards to sex. With all this crap about appropriation of cultures, if it is 'valid', then is it unacceptable for a man to wear a skirt (dress, traditionally 'feminine' clothes, etc) as it is appropriating the culture of women? While is may be insulting for many to accept drag queens, should we also not ban these people from their freedom to dress up even for things like that "Rocky Horror Picture Show" for fun?

I'm completely disgusted with our Canadian ignorant and severely racist but, ironically, appropriated, view that our Multiculturalism is about a friendly love for cultural diversity and equality. It is a deceptive function of the very racists who OWN the causes of all harms against people by favoring laws that enhance and discriminate legally peoples based on ancestral genetic factors.

I have no doubt that the supporters of our system would also laugh at Donald Trump for his own more clearly apparent discrimination without intellectually realizing they are even worse in kind. While Trump may support the dominant culture of the U.S. by attempting to discriminate legally against one target group, our system of Multiculturalism does the same to ALL non-officially recognized people who don't belong to their selectively favored cults. The individual has zero rights here to choices if they don't belong to such a cult.

I also accept the reflective blow-back of those who DO appear to be acting with intentional insult (like flag-burning, using Nazi flags, etc.) because while I don't favor them either, our Western society always favors the extremes with regards to those preferring cultish privilege and preservation. Such overt reactionary behaviors is ALWAYS due to at least one cult demanding preservation in political power. And so it is to all cults (cultures defined by religion, ethnicity, nationalism, race, specific sex, etc.) who OWN the cause of social biases.

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I can see Redskins being offensive because it was a term coined by white people to describe aboriginals. I don't see a big deal with names like Blackhawks or Chiefs although some first nations might object to the logos they use. What about the Seahawks? Their logo is distinctly coastal Indian. When to Scandinavians start demanding the Minnesota Vikings change their name? Where does this stop being a valid issue and become just plain nonsense?

This HAS happened here in Saskatchewan. At least some of our schools (maybe all now?) that had mascots or team names that suggested natives changed them. See one here for example: http://thesheaf.com/2013/12/02/whats-in-a-name-sports-teams-mascots-and-racism/

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I'm still catching up. But when I saw this, I was thinking on a similar line but with regards to sex. With all this crap about appropriation of cultures, if it is 'valid', then is it unacceptable for a man to wear a skirt (dress, traditionally 'feminine' clothes, etc) as it is appropriating the culture of women? While is may be insulting for many to accept drag queens, should we also not ban these people from their freedom to dress up even for things like that "Rocky Horror Picture Show" for fun?

I'm completely disgusted with our Canadian ignorant and severely racist but, ironically, appropriated, view that our Multiculturalism is about a friendly love for cultural diversity and equality. It is a deceptive function of the very racists who OWN the causes of all harms against people by favoring laws that enhance and discriminate legally peoples based on ancestral genetic factors.

I have no doubt that the supporters of our system would also laugh at Donald Trump for his own more clearly apparent discrimination without intellectually realizing they are even worse in kind. While Trump may support the dominant culture of the U.S. by attempting to discriminate legally against one target group, our system of Multiculturalism does the same to ALL non-officially recognized people who don't belong to their selectively favored cults. The individual has zero rights here to choices if they don't belong to such a cult.

I also accept the reflective blow-back of those who DO appear to be acting with intentional insult (like flag-burning, using Nazi flags, etc.) because while I don't favor them either, our Western society always favors the extremes with regards to those preferring cultish privilege and preservation. Such overt reactionary behaviors is ALWAYS due to at least one cult demanding preservation in political power. And so it is to all cults (cultures defined by religion, ethnicity, nationalism, race, specific sex, etc.) who OWN the cause of social biases.

Very well put.

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