Sunday, April 30, 2017

"Star Trek Fan Forced to Surrender 'ASIMIL8' License Plate for Being Offensive"

Via InstapunditA Star Trek fan in Canada has been forced to turn over his personalized license plate after people complained its message, ASIMIL8, was insulting to indigenous people.

Manitoba Public Insurance revoked Nick Troller’s personalized license plate that read ASIMIL8, a nod to the Borg in Star Trek. According to a report in the Toronto Star, Troller had been driving around with it for two years, and it was accompanied by a license frame that said “We Are the Borg” and “Resistance is Futile.” Troller said fellow fans liked his license plate and asked to take pictures with it, and complained that critics were being too sensitive about the issue.

This is one of those situations where neither side is wrong in their arguments. Troller’s ASIMIL8 license plate was clearly referencing Star Trek, and (most likely) was not designed to offend Canada’s indigenous population. But not everyone knows what the race of the Borg on Star Trek are. And let’s face it: Canada has an unsettling history with its indigenous population— including the Sagkeeng First Nation, which is in the Manitoba area.

Post-Confederation Canadian aboriginal policy existed until the mid 20th century for the purpose of assimilating indigenous people into Euro-Canadian life. There were forced-assimilation boarding schools, and legislation, like the Indian Act, was designed to erase indigenous culture. There are strong efforts in the First Nations to recover their voice and heritage, but it’s been a long battle rampant with racism and discrimination. For example, just this week, two teenage girls were arrested for the Facebook-posted death of Serena McKay, one of about 1,200 aboriginal girls who’ve died or gone missing since 1980, with very little investigation.

“For basically the entirety of this country’s history, indigenous peoples have been forcibly assimilated through really extremely destructive means and ways,” Ry Moran, from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, said.

(Link to story)


Evi L. Bloggerlady said...

He should switch to 'CanNotFree'

Chip Ahoy said...

He should switch it to SMUL8 and put the matter to rest. Gawl.

My favorite part of that whole story was in comments. "The license plates are the property of the crown."

That's the frame of a mind of a subject for you, not the frame of mind of an upright citizen. I'd like to punch that frame of mind right in the balls.

edutcher said...

Sounds like the Canucks have been taken over by the Borg.

Evi L. Bloggerlady said...

Maybe he should go with "CRW-GFY"

Methadras said...

"the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation"

Not Orwellian at all. Not one bit. lulz