Use of Native Youth in Hate Crime: Longhouse Media Response to the Use of March Point Image

POOR correspondent - Posted on 02 July 2010

Longhouse Media
Monday, March 8, 2010;

Longhouse Media is appalled by the use of our image for such hateful and demeaning purposes. The photo of the three adolescent boys in the "Native Extraction Service" advertisement placed in the website, was taken from promotional material for our film MARCH POINT, an award-winning documentary. This film was made with these three young filmmakers and tells the story of their coming of age struggles in a Native community in the United States. That this image would be used for such deviant ends is deeply hurtful to these young men and their families, and to the Native community as a whole.

We hope this advertisement was taken down before any violent crimes occurred; in any case damage was inflicted on indigenous youth in the form of threat and intimidation. The Criminal Code of Canada says, “a hate crime is committed to intimidate, harm or terrify not only a person, but an entire group of people to which the victim belongs. The victims are targeted for who they are, not because of anything they have done. Hate crimes involve intimidation, harassment, physical force or threat of physical force against a person, a family or a property.” -- Section 319(1): Public Incitement of Hatred, Criminal Code of Canada

We condemn this as a hate crime, and will join with others to see the perpetrators are brought to justice.

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