Our country has a crisis of leadership. There are no personalities that can bring us together. Instead, we are being tapped for our cynicism and used for our rabid partisanship, like oblivious foot soldiers doing the bidding of the clan who lies to us constantly.
This declaration that Canada is responsible for the deaths of Indigenous women who were mostly killed by Indigenous men will blow the dust off of old divisions within our country, punctuated by armchair pundits who believe they know more than Romeo Dallaire, or Irwin Cotler – people with experience in studying or witnessing actual genocides in different parts of the world.
Free speech is one of those issues, unlike gun control or abortion, that impacts every man, woman and child with equal thrust and protections. It gives us the ability to confront, analyze, bloviate, criticize and explore new ideas without the constraints of punishment if our speech is deemed offensive.
Two dummies to rule us all.
I don’t remember if I competed in a Spelling Bee as a youngster, but I can easily recall feeling like I was under a microscope, or trying to not embarrass myself in front of adults, or feeling cold sweat as a million pairs of eyes were disseminating me on the spot.
Having a black friend enhances my ability to understand what black people experience. Without his friendship I would be less informed, and therefore less likely to give credence to the idea that racism invades the emotional and sometimes physical space of people of colour.