Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Racism, sexism — and a press conference gone horribly wrong: Martin Patriquin

An excellent piece by Martin Patriquin about what not to do at a news conference. Excerpt:
"On June 29, Jocelyn Wabano-Iahtail and her group, Wabi’s Village: A Community of Hearts, did exactly this. (booked the Charles Lynch press theatre) An activist from Attawapiskat First Nation Reserve in northern Ontario, Wabano-Iahtail had booked the room to speak about her group’s frustration over the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls National Inquiry.
"Slow, disorganized and beset by departures of key staff, the MMIW inquiry is a worthy target — particularly because it served as one of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s main wedge issues in the election campaign against Stephen Harper. Wabano-Iahtail could have made a compelling case that, for all his talk, Trudeau’s devotion to the cause was like the Haida tattoo on his left bicep — barely skin deep.
Instead, Wabano-Iahtail resorted to sexist and racist comments to get her point across."
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