Saturday, December 05, 2015
Stephen Harper and the Legacy of Bigotry
When Stephen Harper fanned the flames of bigotry during the election campaign for crass political purposes, I predicted that the fires he was starting would be very difficult to put out.
And sure enough, now the newspapers are heaving and churning with racist comments.
Anti Muslim bigotry is being used to create a backlash against the refugees who will soon be arriving here.
A photo surfaced on twitter from Tuscany station where the escalator had been sprayed in silver paint with the misspelled words: "F-K Syrea, Kill Musilums".
And this too is Harper's foul legacy.
Today we made the difficult decision to temporarily close comments on stories about indigenous people.
We've noticed over many months that these stories draw a disproportionate number of comments that cross the line and violate our guidelines. Some of the violations are obvious, some not so obvious; some comments are clearly hateful and vitriolic, some are simply ignorant. And some appear to be hate disguised as ignorance (i.e., racist sentiments expressed in benign language).
For while the bigots have always been there, and their bigotry has simmered below the surface.
As Naheed Nenshi pointed out recently, by pandering to them with his politics of division, Harper may have made them feel that it's now OK to spew their hateful views publicly in every direction.
“I haven’t heard stuff like that in a long time, and I think the really divisive rhetoric [around accommodating Syrian refugees] during the election gave people permission to say stuff that wasn’t polite to say in modern society.
And by so doing has empowered our ghastly homegrown bigots to feel free to go after even some of Canada's poorest and most vulnerable people...
Which couldn't be more cowardly and disgusting.
Just watch this video...
Can you believe that? Where do those brutish racists get the idea that they are superior to anyone? When they are the lowest of the low.
And who will put out the fires Stephen Harper started?
We really need to crush those bigots like bugs, like we crushed him and his filthy Cons.
We need to stop them from bullying our beautiful indigenous Canadians, and making the refugees who are seeking shelter in Canada feel like they're not welcome.
But the good news is we did fire this monstrous maniac...
Now we are going to destroy his legacy of bigotry.
And I know what I'm going to say if I meet a Syrian refugee:
Welcome to Canada. We're a country made up of people who came here from all over the world like you. So we're a country like so many others.
But we do have some Canadians who make this country special.
Wait until you meet the original inhabitants.
For they are truly amazing...
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