We live in an age where any basement-dweller with an Internet connection can set up a blog and spout whatever mouth-breathing drivel that enters his mind into cyberspace.
And more power to them! That's what free speech is all about, isn't it? The right to share your world view - however narrow-minded - with the rest of us? The public square; the marketplace of ideas. As long as you're not advocating murder and mayhem, fill your boots.
Which brings us to Don Olsen of Nanaimo, B.C., who occasionally shares his thoughts with the rest of us via the Nanaimo Daily News. The paper published his latest epistle Wednesday on how to improve the lot of aboriginal people.
Then all hell broke loose.
Olsen's letter, which the Daily News pulled from its web site but has been reproduced here by the Georgia Straight, essentially wrote off First Nations as welfare-dependent do-nothings who never amounted to anything before Europeans arrived. Assimilation is the answer, he concludes.
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