Saturday, January 12, 2013

Wake up and smell the magnolias 

Dawg recognizes the ugly truth that Idle No More is revealing about Canadians:
We’re a racist, settler country, and it’s high time we stood up and faced that fact, and dealt with it. How anyone can read the comments threads appended to online media stories about Chief Spence and Idle No More and not smell the magnolias is beyond me. And the dreary parade of white finger-waving pundits in the national media is part of the problem. They give respectable cover to the shrieking bigots in our midst.
Sixth Estate, and Simon, and Dawg are doing yeoman's work in exposing the inadequate, embarrassing, blame-the-victim response of the national press to Theresa Spence and Idle No More.  As Mr Sinister tweets:

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It isn't just the one side that has the racists. Your failure to recognise that leads me to believe that you are just as bad as those you condemn.

All nations and all peoples' have these issues. If you got out more you'd know that most other parts of the world are far worse.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:57 am  

My basic response is, so?
Regardless of how many other people are also racists, that does not absolve us of the responsibility for dealing with our own racism, does it? And other parts of the world did not sign treaties with Aboriginal people here in Canada; following these treaties is our job, not anyone else's.

By Blogger CathiefromCanada, at 11:09 am  

Racism is likely a driving force in just about any conflict in the world today so this s no different. I think the only way this works out well for the natives is if they can get enough non natives to take up the cause and I can't see that with Spence getting as much attention as she is getting right now, she has some serious questions to answer about her people right now.

I wish there was more focus on the environmental issues, that is something that should concern all Canadians. If Harper manages to keep the focus off of this and on Spence he's likely to win in the end.

By Anonymous Wingnut31, at 4:47 pm  

The vast majority of Canadians have made/created their wealth through hard work. They have not suppressed anyone, either through racism or other means.
The three main determinants of success are education, a stable and supportive home environment during childhood and a philosophy of personal responsibilty for one's own life. The grievance industry offers none of these things.

By Blogger zeppo, at 9:28 pm  

A "racist, settler country"?

Baglow is an idiot, and so are you.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:07 am  

What zeppo misses is that the vast majority of Canadians certainly have suppresed Natives through the racism of shoving them to the back of their minds. Pretending to be unaware that they benefit from Canada's rich resources while Natives live in poverty doesn't get them off the hook. He/she talks about a supportive childhood environment almost as though unaware of the aftermath of Residential Schools and poverty on reserves. Zeppo's knowledge of Natives in Canada would be vastly improved by reading Geoffrey York's excellent book, The Dispossessed - life and death in native Canada.

By Anonymous Stever, at 10:35 pm  

"Natives live in poverty", you say?

Just like that...all of them?

People like you are the real root of the problem, because it's impossible to have an open, honest discussion with someone who can only parrot propaganda and recite talking points. Most natives bands in Canada are nowhere near 'poverty'; many are quite successful financially, and even the few that can be considered 'poor' aren't *all* poor, are they?
The chiefs, their families and friends seem to do quite well, as evidenced by Theresa Spence and her $850.00 per day boyfriend who just can't seem to account properly for where all those millions of dollars went...well, except for the 9 million dollars in stock holdings and the 80,000 dollar Zamboni (but why then do they claim that they can't afford to fix those drafty, leaky houses they were complaining about that got them on the national news? hmmm...very strange...).

There are actual solutions to these problems, but people like you and Cathy won't be part of them. You're way, WAY too partisan to be the least bit useful, sorry.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:27 pm  


What zeppo realizes is that the vast majority of Canadians have not given zeppo much thought either. zeppo has figured out that this is unlikely to happen so zeppo must take responsibility for zeppo's own life.

There is benefit from Canada's rich resources because investors form companies and pools of capital that allow the hiring of persons and the purchasing of equipment to extract the resources. The value of the resources in the ground is precisely zero. Native bands could do the same thing but many decades of a culture of dependence, victimhood and, on some reserves, corruption have created a psychology of waiting for someone else to solve the problem.

As for residential schools: there were problems there but they pale in comparison to the suffering of others in the world: Jews in the holocaust, Cambodians under the Khmer Rouge, uncountable tragedies in Africa, etc. The people fleeing these tragedies did not sit there and say there was no way forward because of their past: they came here and got jobs, started businesses and generally made a life for themselves. Natives must do the same.

By Blogger zeppo, at 8:49 am  

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