This is one of those situations where neither side is wrong in their arguments.
According to a report in the Toronto Star, Troller had been driving around with it for two years, and it was accompanied by a license frame that said “We Are the Borg” and “Resistance is Futile.”
Troller said fellow fans liked his license plate and asked to take pictures with it, and complained that critics were being too sensitive about the issue.
What could anyone possibly find ‘offensive’ about a Star Trek nerd’s personalised plate?
…people complained its message, ASIMIL8, was insulting to indigenous people.
And there’s no right of appeal either!
Canada has an unsettling history with its indigenous population— including the Sagkeeng First Nation, which is in the Manitoba area.
Post-Confederation Canadian aboriginal policy existed until the mid 20th century for the purpose of assimilating indigenous people into Euro-Canadian life.
It clearly worked well, then. It’s made them into hypersensitive hyperventilating little snowflakes!
“For basically the entirety of this country’s history, indigenous peoples have been forcibly assimilated through really extremely destructive means and ways,” Ry Moran, from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, said.
I wonder of they are as poor at the ‘truth’ part as they clearly are at the ‘reconciliation’ bit?
MPI’s policy says “plates cannot contain a slogan that could be considered offensive,” and it’s investigating why Troller’s personalized plate was approved in the first place.
I’ll save you the trouble. ‘Because no-one in their wildest dreams could have anticipated just how rabidly these idiots would turn on a Trekkie for an innocent pop culture reference’.
There. Investigation over.