I thought this nonsense was restricted to Louis Farrakhan, Jeremiah Wright and Al Sharpton. Surely no reasonable Canadian, no matter their ethnicity, would stoop so low as to blame those with a certain ethnicity of racism for being born with a racist skin colour. This from the Richard Liebrecht at the Edmonton Sun. (Hat-tip to Blazing Cat Fur)
Controversy is brewing over a city-sponsored anti-racism campaign that calls on Caucasians to recognize their “white privilege”.
At least one Edmonton city councillor says the campaign makes a point, while a Conservative politician is saying the wording is all wrong.
“A white person looking for an apartment to rent does not face similar challenges that an aboriginal person does,” said Coun. Amarjeet Sohi, explaining what is meant by the phrase white privilege.
But Ryan Hastman, the federal Conservative candidate for the Edmonton-Strathcona, said he’s concerned because the campaign’s focus on white people is too narrow.
“If we try to address these issues by singling out groups, it seems to be counterproductive,” said Hastman, who posted some of his concerns on Twitter.
The City of Edmonton and 13 Edmonton organizations – including the Edmonton Police Service, Alberta Human Rights Commission and Edmonton Catholic Schools – are behind the Racism-Free Edmonton campaign.
The campaign is focused on identifying and resolving institutional barriers faced by aboriginal people and other racial groups in Edmonton, according to a City of Edmonton release…
If this is the way Edmonton City Councillor Amarjeet Sohi thinks, then it is obvious that he isn’t looking out for interests of the majority of Edmontonians. He and his colleagues, along with the Alberta Human Rights Commission, have decided that the Racism-Free Edmonton campaign, which demands whites to recognize their “white privilege,” deserves public funding. That’s right, anti-white racism being funded by tax dollars from mostly white taxpayers. Don’t they recognize the irony in this, let alone how outright offensive such a campaign is?
Suffice to say, Canadians across the country are infuriated. Conservative columnist Ezra Levant has decided to weigh in on the Racism-Free Edmonton campaign.
…The latest embarrassment from this out-of-control government agency is their gift of tax dollars to a group called “Racism Free Edmonton.” It’s an ironic name, because the world view of Racism Free Edmonton is racist itself.
The Alberta Human Rights Commission is a specialist at the Orwellian perversion of language. Their counterfeit “right not to be offended” has meant the infringement of real rights, like freedom of speech.
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”…
It isn’t enough to blame whites for racism, but they call those who refuse to acknowledge their “white privilege” as racists in denial of their racism. Just to show you what type of people are behind this campaign, Blazing Cat Fur points to the kafiyah (what I like to call “terrorist wear from the Yasser Arafat collection”) being worn by one of the people in one of the advertisements for Racism-Free Edmonton, and the attempt by someone else to hide it with picture editing.
Does this mean those behind this campaign want Jewish community should also be acknowledging their “Jewish privilege” or is this just an poor attempt to hide their own racism?
In any event, Racism-Free Edmonton is not only hypocritical, but downright racist in their campaign to pin racism on whites. Economics plays a great role in deciding who is and isn’t privileged, not ethnicity, and especially not in this country. As with the rest of Canada, Edmonton is a very tolerant city, and I doubt Edmontonians appreciate being called racists for having a certain skin colour… Pathetic…
UPDATE: Blazing Cat Fur has a post up pointing to Racism-Free Edmonton’s ideas on how parents could fight racism. Aside from the usual multiculturalism nonsense (celebrate heroes, holidays and cultural events, form interracial friendships, seek out racially diverse role models/professionals, etc), there is one suggestion which is not only mind-boggling but a little creepy.
Visuals. The pictures and other visual representations in our homes should truly be multiracial. Children learn a lot from what they see in their home environment.
So we should hang pictures of people of different colour of skin? One doesn’t usually hang pictures of people who aren’t relatives or close family friends. How are they going to make sure parents are following this recommendation? Are they going to visit the homes of white Edmontonians (because they are the racists right?) to see if they have enough multiracial displays?
It is obvious that those behind the Racism-Free Edmonton campaign aren’t thinking clearly… Mind-boggling…