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Updated on Wednesday, September 23

#21312

OMG: Dear Imprint:

I write to you today because at least one of your columnists does not understand how to write properly. In the article, "No comment", the author blatantly attempts to attack the Federation of Students for not taking a stand on a fictitious issue. The issue raised concerns other Universities, not UW. The author never bothers to contact UW administration to get their reaction to this situation happening to other Universities, but somehow ends up with the conclusion that Feds policies and lack of specifics on the exact fictitious issue means Feds is racist.

They also conclude that there is "room for improvement" in how clubs and societies are approved. Dear writer, there is room for improvement in everything. This is not news. Nor is your "article".. If you are writing an opinion piece, please state so before you write next time. This piece of garbage is certainly a thinly veiled attack on Feds. Get over it. If you want to hold Feds accountable, I am all for that. But if you want to make shit up just to attack them, fuck off. Injecting your opinion is not being "staff reporter". It is a letter to the editor or an editorial at best.

26 comments

  1. There is literally no winning for how to handle that club situation. Either allow them to exist and be labelled racist, or don't and be labelled as killing free speech.

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    1. Can anyone fill me in on what this is about:?

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    2. white privilege: damned if you do, damned if you don't

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  2. This. Please send it in as a letter to the editor.

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  3. Agreed. Feds has their fair share of fuck ups, but this isn't one of them. Seems like Imprint just got lazy and decided to attack Feds on something easy rather than trying to do real reporting (not that Imprint ever did real reporting)

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  4. Also why is the article called "no comment" when clearly Feds has commented since you quote them in the fucking article?

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  5. I'm gonna echo 2 and say "please send this to Imprint as a letter to the editor."

    The key point here is that news articles shouldn't editorialize. If they want to write an opinion piece about this issue, they can, but instead they wrote an unbalanced article about an issue at another school that isn't even a thing here, and then got weirdly critical of Feds' inaction on this nonexistent issue. WTF!

    To the Imprint EIC: please recognize crap like this, and stop it before it sees print, if you respect your paper's credibility.

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  6. "In Canada, where around 20 per cent of the population identifies as a visible minority according to Statistics Canada, it is fair to draw the conclusion that the Students for Western Civilization is most likely a thinly veiled race-based society"
    So if non-visible-minorities were less than 20% of the population, that would make the club, advertised the same way, not race-based? A similarly advertised club concerning a minority group could not possibly be race-based according to them?

    I wonder if in Waterloo, where visible minorities taken together are probably the majority of the student body, Imprint's logic would label any club promoting a sufficiently large racial/ethnic group "racist" as well.

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    1. Of course not. The assumption of racism only applies to whites. Didn't you know?

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    2. Of-course it is a "race-based" society along with all of the other ethnic student societys we have. This double standard is a direct result of fear mongering and smug moral elitism.

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  7. I get that the articles are written by students, and students don't necessarily understand how proper journalism works. But it's supposed to be the editor's job to know this stuff, and guide the students writing the articles so that they actually learn something about good journalism along the way.

    ...This was not one of those times.

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  8. There is no reason a group couldn't exist under Feds that celebrates a white culture the same way they is no issue with UWBASE. The problem is when one subset of the white culture puts the supremacy swing on it. That's bullshit. Focus on those dip-shits in your article.

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    1. Yes there is a reason. White people aren't marginalized and don't need support to help connect them to others in their culture because they are the ruling class. They aren't in minority by appearance or numbers. There is literally no useful reason to have a white group. It would just be a circlejerk sobfest about how them muzzzlims are taking over or how all the Chinese are taking our jerbs, how dare they! You know that's the real reason for wanting to form such a club. You want to be surrounded by only white people, fuck off back to whatever dirty European country your ancestors came from.

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    2. One can celebrate European and Anglosphere culture without descending to any of the caricatures you've suggested, 8.a. And there's no reason to think such a club would have race-based admissions.

      Or maybe we should just all descend to your level of conversation: If you hate white people so much then try living in a country with a non-white ethnic heritage. I hear those countries treat outsiders way better than we do and they're pretty rich to boot!

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    3. 8 b. Right on the money.

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    4. 8.a, Marx could not have said that better himself, good job.

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  9. I think they should get rid of Imprint and stop charging me money on my tuition when absolutely no one reads it.

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    2. Imprint definitely does have a readership - most of those papers outside their office get picked up by people over the course of a week.

      But if you don't like paying your Imprint fee, go to their office and get a refund.

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    3. Yeah, the papers disappear over the course of a week, but the bulk disappear just before the next one comes out as they get tossed in the recycling. The leadership of this paper is a joke right now. - From someone who spends time in the office

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    4. Fair enough, 9c, Imprint definitely needs a leadership/editorial overhaul, if the latest issues are any indication (but I'd still argue against defunding them).

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  10. I'm glad someone else is posting about the bullshit reaction to 'White Students Association' posters appearing on other campuses. The reaction at those universities (oh my God it's racist) and this callow piece of crap that Imprint calls journalism is typical of the crackpot left's domination of university discourse.

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  11. PS I haev to wonder why they didn't work themselves into a lather over this racist screed.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/eternity-e-martis/black-women-exoticized_b_3646830.html

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  12. Lol thanks for reminding me to get my refund

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  13. Don't forget that the KKK started out as 'just a club'.

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    1. Fear mongering, very nice.

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