Comedy June 8, 2011
Drew Hayden Taylor On Using Humor Against Racism

Two-time nominee for the Governor General's Literary Award, writer Drew Hayden Taylor explains why he chooses to tell Aboriginal stories - and why humor is the best weapon against racism...

Joking about Dual Identities:
'I grew up on a reserve. My standard line is: I'm half Ojibway, half Caucasian, so that makes me an Occasion. Or, as I like to say, a Special Occasion. At the very least, a Memorable Occasion.'

Encountering Racism:
'I didn't have a problem until I moved to Toronto when I was 18. I discovered that I didn't look or act the way most people perceived Native people to look or act, and that's when I became aware that there was a completely different perception out there. But rather than being angry, I flipped it around talked about the funny and "interesting" things people say to me (because of the way I am)... and by doing that, I've saved myself an ulcer.'



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