I am not going to talk about access, disability or seniors today. I am going to take a few minutes to clarify my anger. I am beyond angry and that bothers me since it is exactly what Trump and his ilk want. Keep us angry and it’s easier to divide us. The shooting at the Quebec mosque shouldn’t surprise anybody but should sadden all of us. We have allowed our political masters to use a nationality to divide us by creating islamophobia. Check the history of Germany in the 30’s and you will see a lot of comparisons.
I’m angry that the likes of Rona Ambrose can stand up in the House of Commons and make a plea for tolerance with such a straight face. This is the same women who has been actively involved with a Canadian political party who built their base by spouting hate and demonizing certain philosophies for the past ten years.
I am angry that a major Canadian political party is even considering a leader like Kellie Leitch. Here’s an educated women who hides her racist comments behind “Canadian values“. I am 4th or 5th generation Canadian whose ancestors arrived in Canada to escape religious persecution in Europe.
I grew up being taught that Canadian values were tolerance, acceptance, compassion, diversity and above all caring. How do you define, let alone test for, Canadian values? In my mind this is nothing more than spreading the seeds of discontent and mistrust towards particular segments of our society.
I am angry over the term “terrorism” when describing a “hate crime”. The deaths of 14 female victims of the Polytechnic massacre was classified as hate not terrorism although it did terrorize women. Words are powerful and now is not the time to start playing semantics. Words create imagery and imagery can create false understanding of words so let’s not let “hate” become “terrorism”. That’s the nature of “fake news“.
I am angry over the fact that we keep hearing about ways to counter radicalization while supporting an American President intent on spreading hate. That hate contributes to radicalization and the last thing we need is an American President playing into the radicalization of North Americans. I’m angry that that same President can jump on a Canadian tragedy to further his agenda to spread hate by hiding behind the term “terrorism“.
I am angry that more people didn’t stand up and raise their voices the minute Trump began his hate mongering but even more so over his denigration of a disabled reporter. That particular action has cause me to lose some very special friends because they didn’t see it as a big issue. I’ve worked for 50 years to dispel stereotyping of the disabled to have it all come undone in an 18 second Trump speech.
I am angry over how many people have “normalized” this behaviour to the point where we are now totally desensitized to actions of outrage. Be that by action as at the Mosque or by policy like Trump’s ban on traveling.
And I am angry that we, as a society, have allowed ourselves to become as divided as we now are. I know what I’m doing to counter that…do you?