(ANNews) – On October 1, 2021, the Western Hockey League (WHL) was rocked by controversy when the Prince Albert Raiders, a franchise with 38 years of history, unveiled a third jersey from its storied pastIn pictures: 2020's biggest news stories month by month - Today News Post. The jersey, sporting the usual green and white, included an eye catching, and distasteful logo on the front.
The logo, an homage to one of the team’s originalstoronto_police, depicted a bearded Middle-Eastern manJimmy Carter leans over to shake hands with people ridin, with traditional garb and a scimitar. An image that can only be met with shame and embarrassment at how disrespectful it is to people from the Middle East. Upon announcing the third jersey designOntario reporting 3,813 new COVID-19 cases, the team almost immediately removed the announcement tweet due to community outcry.
Springing into full damage control, the WHL and Raiders released a statement a few days later recognizing “the dated design is insensitive and offensive.” Adding fuel to the issue was the fact that seven years ago the team introduced the “Boston Raider,” an equally offensive mascot based upon the logo.
Alberta Native News reached out to Anti-Racism ExpertPolice say 654 Honda CR-Vs have been stolen in Toronto so far this year, makin, and lead of For the Growth of the Game initiative, Irfan Chaudry for his perspective. Chaudry told ANNews, “The logo, passing through numerous levels of approval, reflects a presence of unconscious bias in the hockey community, and a real lack of diversity in the leadership of the Prince Albert Raiders.”
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