Racism: Allowed to flourish on YouTube



    LONDON, ON, Aug. 22 /CNW/ - Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians -
In light of the growing attention to a recently posted video on "YouTube",
that promotes racism and is insulting to First Nation people and persons with
special needs, the Grand Chief of the Association of Iroquois and Allied
Indians has condemned both the maker of the video and YouTube.
    Grand Chief Phillips stated, "The enhanced video of the Muncey Delaware
Nation Pow Wow is a clear example that racist attitudes and discrimination
still exist in Canada and that YouTube provides a forum to allow those
attitudes to flourish."
    The video in question promotes racist and discriminatory attitudes
towards not only First Nation persons but also towards individuals with
special needs. The video also portrays Native women as sexual objects, an
issue that we all know can lead to more serious crimes, such as the Robert
Pickton case in B.C., and does nothing for the plight of the 500 missing or
murdered Native women in Canada.
    The most disturbing part of the video is the fact that whomever made this
video chose to target the most vulnerable segment of our population, our
children. It would indeed take a very sick individual with no moral compass to
produce a video such as this.
    The video is shot at a Pow Wow, which is a celebration of culture and
diversity, and promotes unity not only amongst First Nations but all races. It
seems obvious that this individual had one purpose in mind for his or her
attendance at the Muncey Pow Wow, and that was to promote hate and
discrimination.
    The Grand Chief further stated, "To take a celebration such as the Pow
Wow and turn it into a script of insults and racism is disrespectful and
certainly not humorous."
    The Grand Chief also says, "We certainly cannot and should not censor
individual thought or expression, but when thought turns into a video such as
this, then that is racism and is against the law."
    The Grand Chief also suggested that there should be serious consideration
given by the authorities to have the video investigated and possible charges
laid under Canada's hate crimes laws.
    Grand Chief Phillips feels that the monitoring and the regulatory
controls over companies such as YouTube need to be examined when it continues
to allow discriminatory and racist videos such as this one to remain posted on
their site, especially when they are generating profits for the number of
people visiting their site and viewing the videos. For this reason YouTube
needs to take some of the responsibility for promoting racism and hate.





For further information:

For further information: Grand Chief Randall Phillips, or Geoff
Stonefish at the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians, (519) 434-2761

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