Bob Layton editorial: Meaning no disrespect

Dancers show off traditional clothes at the 37th annual Spring Pow-wow. Sarah Kraus / Global News

Is it just me, or are more and more people finding more and more things to be offended about these days?

In the U.S. the left and the right are constantly offended.

Now in New York, Girl Scout leaders are offended that the Boy Scouts seem committed to offering coed programs that will damage the Girl Scouts. Both organizations are suffering a decline in membership.

The head of the Girl Scouts said what the Boy Scouts are doing amounts to a show of disrespect for girls.

In Saskatchewan, a Ukrainian dance troupe has dancers wearing indigenous headdresses while doing moves that looks similar to pow-wow dancing.

The dance troupe has been doing this internationally since 2003 and says it’s to promote inclusivity, not to disrespect.

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An indigenous complainant says she is offended by the costume and because there are no indigenous dancers in the troupe.

When I was a Boy Scout there were no girls allowed.

I was also a paid Highland dancer, but I am not Scottish.

I hope I did not disrespect either of these two groups.

Let me know what you think.

Bob Layton is the news manager of the Corus Edmonton group of radio stations and a commentator for Global News.

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