Sunday, August 24, 2014
Tina Fontaine and the Utter Bestiality of Stephen Harper
They held a funeral service for Tina Fontaine yesterday and how sad it was was.
"Our sweet girl is now reunited with her daddy and the angels," long-time family friend Sandra Longford said during the eulogy. Longford went on to sing Never Alone, the same song she sang at Tina's father's funeral just four years earlier.
And my sorrow over the death of yet another young aboriginal woman, is only matched by my hatred for her bestial killer, and my contempt for Stephen Harper.
"It's very clear that there has been very fulsome study of this particular … of these particular things. They're not all one phenomenon," said Harper. "We should not view this as a sociological phenomenon. We should view it as crime."
The bestial leader who would show us yet again why he is unfit to be a Canadian Prime Minister.
The callous Con who can't seem to recognize the difference between a crime, and an epidemic of mass murder.
Yes, of course these murders are crimes. But they are not only crimes. To want to dig deeper, and to ask why things like this are happening, month after month, is not to deny individual criminal responsibility. It does not exonerate the perpetrators or diminish the victims. The Prime Minister is wrong: The murder of Tina Fontaine, and the murder of more than 1,000 aboriginal women over three decades, is a sociological phenomenon. And it is an epidemic.
Or recognize that not only is it a sociological phenomenon, it's a sociological CATASTROPHE.
Canada’s native community, particularly the on-reserve Indian community, is not just suffering from an epidemic of missing and murdered women. It is suffering from an epidemic of criminality, an epidemic of violence, an epidemic of victimization, an epidemic lack of education, an epidemic of joblessness, an epidemic of substance abuse and an epidemic of hopelessness.
And that Tina Fontaine's death is, as Heather Mallick calls it, just the latest instalment in a serial TRAGEDY.
The call for a federal inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous girls and women isn’t the result of nearly 1,200 females crying out from wherever their graves may be. It isn’t history leaking blood, it is a continuing serial tragedy, and pretty little Tina Fontaine, her corpse hauled out of the Red River on the weekend in the bag her killer had stuffed her into, is just the latest instalment.
That poor child was a victim of that sociological catastrophe, before she herself was murdered.
“She had barely been in the city for a little over a month and she’s definitely been exploited, taken advantage of, murdered and put into the river in this condition,” Winnipeg homicide unit officer Sgt. John O’Donovan told reporters. And then he said what police are generally too brisk to say: “She’s a child. Society would be horrified if we found a litter of kittens or pups in the river in this condition. This is a child. Society should be horrified.”
And by reducing what happened to her, and has happened to so many other native women to random acts of violence, Harper is only diminishing the problem, and playing to those who would deny it.
Or the racists who enjoy the degradation of others.
But then why should we surprised when Stephen Harper hasn't an ounce of empathy or human decency? And would rather fit everything into the hollow narrative of his Great War on Crime.
Where his solution is always harsher laws and longer sentences...
Which may give him a kinky thrill, and pleasure his rabid racist base, but can only make the problem worse.
Native Canadians make up just 4 per cent of the population, but more than 23 per cent of the inmates in Canada’s federal prisons, according to the Office of the Correctional Investigator. According to Statistics Canada, the number of aboriginal people in custody is disproportionate from sea to sea to sea.
If that's possible.
And all I can say is that I don't know how we are going to heal this gaping wound in our country.
But what I do know is that we can't deny it, we can't look away, we can't give up no matter how helpless or hopeless we feel...
Because it's just too sad and horrible.
And until we do heal that wound, that ghastly epidemic of human suffering, more women like Tina Fontaine will die, we will not be a decent country, and we will live in shame forever.
So we need an inquiry not only to save other women, but also to save the rest of us, and the very soul of this country.
And what I also know is that we will never fix that sociological catastrophe.
Never be decent.
Until we rid our Canada, our Kanata, our home and native land, of this bestial leader...
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