Monday, January 14, 2013
Idle No More and the Bigot Bullies
Once upon a time when I thought about the plight of our First Nations, I used to think that George Bernard Shaw was right:
"The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them but to be indifferent to them. That is the essence of inhumanity."
But now I see that in Canada we've managed to do both. We were indifferent to them for so long, and now that they cannot be ignored, the hate is extraordinary.
I had always thought that one of the joys of Canadian life was its abhorrence of racism. But judging by some of the email I received and the comments I read online elsewhere, it’s getting a bit Mississippian around here.
The racism unleashed after Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike, the Federal Court Métis ruling and the effort to get Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the same room as chiefs and the governor-general? It was extraordinary.
Extraordinary as in appalling, or absolutely disgusting. Made even more cowardly by being aimed at people as poor as these...
I've written several posts about this grotesque racist backlash, and how it has been aided and abetted by some in the MSM, the most recent one last night.
Because it's the worst eruption of blind hatred I have ever seen. And believe me I know bigotry. I've been fighting bigots and bullies since I was a young teenager, and for seven years on this blog. So you can imagine how I feel about this.
Personal safety alarms were given out to students at Dennis Franklin Cromarty First Nations high school in Thunder Bay during a special assembly welcoming them back to a city that one student says suddenly feels more threatening.
The Anishinabek Nation issued a news release on Jan. 10 asking educators to control the potential backlash against First Nations students.“We are seeking the assistance of teachers and school administrators to ensure that First Nations students entrusted to their care are not subject to any bullying or harassment.”
Because that would be the ultimate horror. That is what happens when creepy bigots are allowed to run wild. And if their violent words turn to violent actions, as they so often do, this country will explode.
Why is why I hope the aboriginal movement can resolve its differences and unite. The Chiefs need to listen to the people, but we need everybody to form a mighty front, confront this latest threat. And make the racists pay.
Because whether you're native, or black, or gay, or whatever, the bigots and bullies don't care what you think, they just hate you for who you are.
And until we ALL unite to defeat Stephen Harper's bully regime NOBODY will be safe. There will be no justice for the First Nations, and other poor Canadians. The racists will run wild, and our land will be slowly poisoned.
As Heather Mallick says:
Watch out for humblebraggers trying to lure you into companionable anonymous cowardly racism. Don’t fall into their hateful trap.
Or as I say, don't let the creepy bigots intimidate the First Nations, or bully their children...
Hammer those old racists, and the bastard Cons harder than ever.
Tell them the decent people of this country have had enough.
And we are Idle No More...
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