The profane is an antidote to the sacred

Students will touch the live wires of taboo because they want to upset the sensibilities of others; besides, acting like an idiot is fun

The profane is an antidote to the sacredTORONTO, Ont. Nov. 30, 2016 /Troy Media/ – I keep a book of dirty jokes at home for when I need a laugh. The book, an academic work, documents the history of the dirty joke, from one-liners about pederasty to cracks about interracial sex, necrophilia and other topics that fine news sites like this one find a little…

Kin’s support for Trump makes him a stranger

What propelled a member of my own family into the arms of a monster like Donald Trump?

Kin’s support for Trump makes him a strangerTORONTO, Ont. Nov. 22, 2016/ Troy Media/ - My family member is pinned to my wall, like an insect. It’s a bit clinical, perhaps, but it’s apt. Ever since Donald Trump shocked the world, and rode a wave of white resentment and rage into the Oval Office, I’ve been thinking a lot about my relative.…

What’s in a name? Plenty

When it comes to offensive sports names and logos, it's time we stopped accepting this racist stereotyping

What’s in a name? PlentyRED DEER, Alta. Oct. 31, 2016/ Troy Media/ – I'm watching the World Series. My wife, who knows as much about baseball as I do about Jane Austen, sits down next to me and asks: “Who are the Cubs playing?” My reply, “Cleveland Indians,” causes her to recoil. And pointing to their Chief Wahoo logo elicits…

Playing the victim card plays right into Trump’s hands

A vote for him might be the kind of protest some very weary, working-class white voters take in response to the daily lunacy of Kaepernick imitators

Playing the victim card plays right into Trump’s handsNEW YORK Sept. 25, 2016/ Troy Media/ - It was inevitable that Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest would spread. A handful of other NFL players are raising fists or taking a knee in support. These actions are predictably now filtering down to the college and high school level – where imitation isn’t only the sincerest…

Healing the scars left by residential schools

By participating in Orange Shirt Day, we honour the victims of Canada’s residential school system and move toward reconciliation

Healing the scars left by residential schoolsPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. Sept. 22, 2016/ Troy Media/ – In the fall of 1973, six-year-old Phyllis Webstad’s grandmother took her to the local general store and bought her an orange shirt for her first day of school. She was proud of this beautiful new shirt and beamed as she wore it. But when Phyllis arrived at St.…

Calling fellow Americans “deplorable” not very presidential

Clinton assertion that many of Trump's supporters are “irredeemable” and "deplorable" downright ignorant

Calling fellow Americans “deplorable” not very presidentialNEW YORK Sept. 18, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Have you been called a racist yet today? How about just a plain old bigot? If you have not been called a racist and thus saddled with the modern day version of a scarlet letter then it’s safe to say you haven’t left your home or gone…

Standing up for the rights of everyone

Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit during the national anthem is an act of conscience and we should respect his right to express his concerns

Standing up for the rights of everyonePRINCE GEORGE, B.C. Sept. 8, 2016/ Troy Media/ – What motivates Colin Kaepernick? What is it about his actions that is so upsetting to so many people? Who is right? Considerable controversy has been stirred up in the sports world and beyond by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Kaepernick’s decision not to stand for the American national…

Sports can be a vehicle for social change

NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has taken a huge risk by speaking out about racism but his bravery deserves applause

Sports can be a vehicle for social changeRED DEER, Alta. Sept. 4, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The more I think about Colin Kaepernick, the more I feel the need to applaud him. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback made headlines by refusing to stand during the American anthem at National Football League games. He says he won't “show pride in a flag for a country that…

Blinded by hate, consumed by injustice

Violence begets violence, and when the sides are identified by race or religion our impulses for revenge harden

Blinded by hate, consumed by injusticeRED DEER, Alta. Sept. 1, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Have you or a member of your family or a close friend ever been victim of a violent crime? Have you suffered a home or vehicle break-in or robbery – perhaps multiple times? If so, you will probably understand the premise of this column easily, even viscerally. There…

Donald Trump has awoken a beast of racism and hate

Gallup has just released a massive study that makes clear that the No. 1 preoccupation of the Trump vote isn’t the economy – it’s race

Donald Trump has awoken a beast of racism and hateTORONTO, Ont. Aug. 26, 2016/ Troy Media/ – On a recent journey stateside, we did Trump sightings. Whenever we’d see a Trump bumper sticker, billboard or T-shirt, we’d point it out to each other. “There’s another one,” we’d say. Then we’d lapse into silence. All along Hw 90, we were reminded that we weren’t in Canada anymore. It was…