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DADDY WARBUCKS
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Canada high court asked to rule on 'kemosabe'
WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Friday, December 24, 2004

? 2004 WorldNetDaily.com

In the classic American TV series, the Lone Ranger's faithful Indian sidekick Tonto respectfully refers to his partner as "kemosabe," but a human-rights tribunal in Canada handling a work-place grievance contends it's a racist term and wants a ruling from the country's Supreme Court.


Jay Silverheels starred as Tonto with Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger in the classic TV series.

The request centers on a grievance to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission by Dorothy Kateri Moore, a Mi'kmaq woman who complained her boss at a sports store in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Trevor Miller, "poisoned" the work environment by referring to her and other workers as "kemosabe," according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Moore said Miller told her the term meant "friend," but the Mi'kmaq woman took it as a racial slur.


In February, however, a human rights board of inquiry rejected Moore's complaint because she didn't show she was offended and didn't ask her boss to stop. The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal agreed in October, ruling Moore did not show the term was "notoriously offensive."

Nevertheless, lawyers with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission are appealing a decision of the province's Court of Appeal for the first time, arguing Moore and her colleagues were afraid to confront their boss.

The lawyers want the Supreme Court to clearly spell out what language is acceptable in the workplace.

"The idea that there are some words that are notoriously offensive and some that aren't, and the burden on the employee shifts depending on that, really creates a lot of confusion in the workplace," said commission lawyer Michael Wood, according to the CBC.

"We think it's time to clarify that and have some ground rules so people know what's permissible and what isn't."

The high court has not decided whether it will take the case.

The CBC said that when the board of inquiry examined it earlier this year, they spent one day watching "Lone Ranger" episodes and concluded Tonto used the term respectfully.

Some members of the Mi'kmaq community who testified before the board said they considerd "kemosabe" a racial slur but others disagreed.
 

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This reminds me of a Gary Larson cartoon in which an ageing Lone Ranger is looking through a dictionary and comes upon the word "kemosabe". Intrigued, the old guy finds to his dismay that the definition reads "Horses behind".:eek:
 

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It's almost gotten to the point if someone says "that's an offensive word to me" it is assumed everyone should stop saying it to satisfy the thin skinned whiner. I say if an employee thinks what an employer says is offensive then it's time for that employee to hunt for a new job.
 

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When the courts went beyond "bodily injury" and "property damage", credibility was lost.
It then became an issue of money and "justice" was lost.
That "hurts" my "feelings" deserves no compensation.
 

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That's just plain ridiculous!!!!!:thumbsdow The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission must be the Canadian branch of the ACLU.
 
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