Saturday, October 24, 2009

Backhouse on the Tragic Murder of Rose Marie Roper

The on-line edition of the Regina Leader-Post has published a story by a reporter, Barb Pacholik, heralding an address by the ASLH's incoming president, Constance Backhouse, to the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan. Pacholik's story commences:
As a young aboriginal woman lay dying in the mud near a garbage dump, three white men who had abandoned her there were on their way to a party with her underpants waving from their car aerial like some sort of trophy.

Rose Roper’s disturbing death occurred more than four decades ago in interior British Columbia — but it will be recalled in Regina Friday evening as internationally-renowned legal scholar Constance Backhouse delivers the annual Law Foundation of Saskatchewan lecture. Her presentation is titled “The Lethal Combination of Sexism and Racism: The Tragic Murder of Rose Marie Roper.”