I’m sure that the people at Racism Free Edmonton meant well when they set out to get people to think about the issue of racism but apparently they can’t see that using certain language like “White privilege” will make the situation worse not better.
Yesterday I told you about the spokesman for Immigration Minister Jason Kenney denouncing the language. You can find Alykhan Velshi’s comments here but the summary is, the federal ministry funding this program is not too impressed. Then this morning in the Sun my colleague Ezra Levant wrote a column about the campaign. Here’s a sample of that column.
What is Racism Free Edmonton’s advice for stopping racism? You must “acknowledge your white privilege.”
They say white Canadians “have likely harmed non-white people with our own whiteness.” Sorry, the only people I know who talk that way are race-obsessed bigots.
And in case you aren’t willing to be called a racist just because you’re born white, Racism Free Edmonton has another insult for you: You’re just a racist in denial of your racism. And denying your racism “perpetuates racism.”
Well instead of making the people at Racism Free Edmonton see the light and admit that their choice of words may not be the best, all of this attention just made them double down. Did you know that white people get served faster in convenience stores because of their “Whiteness?” I didn’t but it must be true, it is in a letter to the editor from Charlene Hay at the Centre for Race and Culture in Edmonton. The letter is below.
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