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Canada's Apartheid, by John Stackhouse
Stories
Introduction
  Nov. 3

Welcome to Harlem on the Prairies
  Nov. 3 (Saskatoon, SK)

Crystal's choice: The best of both worlds
  Nov. 5 (Mississauga, ON)

How the Mi'kmaq profit from fear
  Nov. 6 (Cape Breton, NS)

The healing power of hockey
  Nov. 7 (The Pas, MB)

Norma Rae of the Okanagan
  Nov. 8 (Westbank, BC)

Comic genius or 'niggers in red face'?
  Nov. 9 (Regina, SK)

Praying for a miracle
  Nov. 10 (Lac Ste. Anne, AB)

To have and to have not
  Nov. 12 (Moosonee, ON)

Trouble in paradise
  Nov. 19 (Tofino, BC)

A cut of the action
  Nov. 26 (Wabigoon, ON)

The young and the restless
  Dec. 3 (Ashern, MB)

The wireless warrior's digital dream
  Dec. 10 (Ottawa,ON)

'Everyone thought we were stupid'
  Dec. 14 (Salluit, QC)

First step: End the segregation
  Dec. 15 (Last in the series)

 

Comic genius or 'niggers in red face'?

Related: Dead Dog Café listeners react

Dead Dog Cafe From Elliot Lake, Ont.
I refuse to listen to comments that promote racist stereotypes, no matter who makes the comments. I don't find your show funny, and as far as I'm concerned, when your show comes on, my radio goes off.

From a Scottish immigrant in Fredericton
I have one tiny trivial comment - which should not be taken the wrong way. I think it's important that everyone knows that Tom is also a first nations person. Why? Well, because he gets "dumped on" and "screwed" in almost every program and I think (and I can be wrong) it is funnier if it is clear that Gracie and Jasper are making fun of another first nations person.

From a Haida businessman in B.C.
There are many famous Indians on the rez and we feel there should be some famous rez Indians. Like who is the all-time bingo winner? Who makes the best bannock? Who shot the biggest moose? Who has the most dogs? How many cars can you park on one lawn? Who makes the best smoked fish? You know, the real important things of life.

From Sydney, B.C.
I don't know how you get away with the propaganda that you dump on white people in your show. . . . How would you like it if a CBC radio show slurred native people each week? We would never hear the end of it. It's time you and the rest of native people get over being bitter and grow up.
THE END 

THIS STORY AT A GLANCE (Parts 1 to 7 plus a related story):


Photo Essay
Backstage pass


1. 'I think people in Canada didn't know Indians were funny'
Using humour to force the two societies to re-examine each other, and themselves

2. 'Socially relevant' humour
Using comedy to tell ironic truths, however painful

3. Appealing to the audience
The racier the humour got, the more fan mail came in

4. Forbidden zones
'As long as you don't let the lions and tigers out of the cage, it's okay.'

5. Laughter "is the great leveller" in native society
Finding his way on the stage

6. 'I was tired of being poor'
Edna Rain takes up acting after decades of abuse

7. The curtain falls
The three performers leave the way they arrived - in different directions

Related: Dead Dog Café Listeners react


 
 

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