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During a time of reconciliation how does NSMB explain the connection between Custer leading his Calvary on a suicidal mission of colonial genocide and a middle aged man afraid of injury while riding? Perhaps both are misinformed of their enemy? Perhaps both are naive as to the resiliency of Indigenous peoples? If NSMB feels that Custers mission was that of great honour and his death was the end of an American hero, then maybe it’s time the publication took its last stand. Or maybe NSMB wants to captivate the minds of an Indigenous audience, an audience less targeted than the 45-60 year old men contemplating their next e-machine. May I suggest that more appropriate content include the recent Allies Mountain Bike Festival less than a days drive from the North Shore. Or maybe NSMB was purely looking for a shock and aw image to grab the readers attention, may I suggest an alternative being a portrait of the crucifixion of Christ. Wasn’t that on a hill of some kind? Am I misinformed on American colonial history, very likely. However I do find it difficult to justify the apparent meaning between falling, a cycling failure, and the killing of indigenous warriors in order to build railways and make space for colonial settlers? Some may call my comment cancel culture but I’d argue their afraid of exploring new perspectives and experiencing unpleasant internal feelings. Similarly to mountain bike riding, one needs to fail in order to improve.
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