Do you remember the story of the Fort McMurray Junior A Oil Barons Hockey team? They were captured on video in a supposed racist scandal last month.
Members of the hockey team were “caught” in a Facebook video dancing in their locker room, and one was banging on a garbage can like like a drum, to a song by indigenous music group, A Tribe Called Red.
An internet mob immediately denounced the teens as racist for “mocking” indigenous culture, and Fort McMurray Minor Hockey Association president Travis Galenzoski said in a now deleted statement:
“Their actions are in no way indicative of our values or the values of any of our House League or Elite Stream Junior Oil Barons teams. It is wrong and will not be tolerated. The display of ignorance is sad and gravely unfortunate. These players will know how deeply impactful their wrong actions are.”
There's one huge problem though:
At least two of the three kids dancing in the video are Aboriginal. One is a member of a prominent Metis family in the area who dyed his hair blond to support a friend with cancer.
All of this is the predictable consequence of an outrage culture that is reduced to a competition to be the most tolerant by being the first to condemn suspected racists.
But just like with the Covington Catholic High School scandal, the truth takes time to reveal itself, and in this instance, it took a little longer than three hours.
Three hours — according to the parents of the kids on the hockey team — is all the Minor Hockey Association waited before issuing their damning condemnation.
The parents of the boys have issued a statement revealing all of this, as published in MyMcMurray.
The perpetually offended do-gooders who pulled the trigger on their mouths before their brains were over the target, have now made it impossible for a team comprised of many Aboriginal kids, to play hockey this year. The kids are in real danger, now.
Great job, idiots.
And instead of learning a lesson, issuing a mea culpa and doing something tangible to put a damper on the firestorm they caused, the Minor Hockey Association refuses to apologize to these families or acknowledge the role they played in this mess.
To use the words of the aforementioned president Travis Galenzoski, “This display of ignorance is sad and gravely unfortunate.“