|Dennis Allen's apology for his White quilt News North July 26 2010 column ©2010|
Antoine Mountain's take on Dennis' column
Columnist should apologize for comments
Monday, August 9, 2010
Friends, I would like to respond to the minor uproar that has resulted from a totally insensitive column recently written by filmmaker Dennis Allen. 'White Guilt helps finance independent films (News/North, July 26).
I also agree with Patrick Kane's letter to the editor about this issue, and I apologize to anyone in an official position who has had to deal with some of our First Nations people possibly misusing government funds, and in this case even seeming to brag about it. When I contacted Mr. Allen about this he stated his article was meant as a satire. Now I have been doing my own "A Mountain View" for more than five years, through the good graces of News/North and I take whatever I have to say very seriously so have always tried to keep the reader in mind, even when playing devil's advocate at times.
It is necessary in print to try to get and keep the reader's attention, but not at the expense of hurting people in some way, or as with this our First Nations' causes.
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