SunTV’s Brian Lilley is overly patient while dealing with Luam Kidane, who is not only ill-informed and irrational, but downright offensive. Instead of simply calling Luam and her group, No One Is Illegal, crazy (which they are), I want to examine what she said and why it’s so irrational.
To start off, No One Is Illegal is a radical leftist group that started in Germany as No Person Is Illegal (Kein mensch ist illegal). Since its beginning, the group has spread to the United Kingdom and Canada, where they have joined with other Marxist/anarchist groups and marched against various “wrongs” like capitalism. To give you a hint at how radical this group is, here is their list of demands from the No One Is Illegal Toronto website.
• An end to all deportations and detentions
• The implementation of a full and inclusive regularization program for all non-status people
• Access without fear to essential services for all undocumented people
• The recognition of indigenous sovereignty
• An end to the exploitation of temporary workers
• An end to all imperialist wars and occupations
• An end to the use of Security Certificates and secret trials
It is the fourth demand, “the recognition of indigenous sovereignty,” that is particularly troubling, especially due to Luam’s use of the term Turtle Island.
For those who don’t know what Turtle Island refers to, it is the term used by Northeastern Woodland Native American tribes for the continent of North America.Aboriginal sovereigntists use this term in justifying their claim to North America, stating that they are the original and rightful owners of this land. The best example of this is the 2006 occupation of Caledonia. Aboriginal protesters, through the threat of violence, held the people of Caledonia hostage, demanding that their claim to the small town be recognized. By using the term Turtle Island, Luam and No One Is Illegal are making it clear that they believe that the aboriginals are the only people with a rightful claim to this land. This is why she and her group don’t recognize Canada as a legitimate state, as it is an “occupying state on colonized land.” This also means that they don’t recognize Canadian laws or the enforcement of them by an “illegitimate state,” which would explain why Luam refused to accept Brian’s explanation of legal and illegal immigration.
So, according to Luam and No One Is Illegal, who is to blame for this injustice? White supremacists. , According to them, not only did we seize this land from the aboriginal people, but we continue to exploit non-Europeans who come to Canada, and those around the world, through are racist policies. As Charles Krauthammer said, “accusations of racism is the last refuge of the liberal scoundrel.” Despite evidence to the contrary, like the facts presented by Brian concerning Canada’s immigration policies, Luam refuses to accept that this illegitimate state, which is supposedly inherently white supremacist, could be anything but racist. This is also why she refused to answer Brian’s question about whether or not she uses public services. As Luam explained, it isn’t the state, but exploited minorities, who aren’t accepted as Canadians, which provide the services Canadian tax dollars pay for. According to the Public Service of Canada’s own numbers, the vast majority of its employees are of European decent (12.2% being either aboriginal or another self-identified visible minority). Knowing this, why would white supremacists exploit their own people? It’s not clear as Luam refused to explain her rational for this claim. What is clear, however, is that she and No One Is Illegal are racist towards those of European decent. How else does one explain Luam’s hateful rant about white supremacists and the damage they are doing around the world?
Aside from her racist rhetoric about Canada being a “white supremacist society,” “an occupying state on colonized land,” Luam’s responses (if you can call them that) demonstrates how irrational she is. At the start of the interview, she demands that Brian define his the terms he is using while failing to define her own. All we hear from her is empty rhetoric about “human rights,” “justice,” “dignity” and “respect.” Why didn’t Luam define these terms before using them? Considering the anti-capitalist nature of this group, as well as its obsession with indigenous sovereignty, it’s fair to assume that this is coded language for wealth and land redistribution.
Also, as Brian himself pointed out, how is it possible for an anti-sovereignty group to support indigenous sovereignty? The former position states that anyone can live anywhere they want since border shouldn’t exist, while the latter leads to the exclusion of non-natives from native lands which have defined borders. Luam then further complicates this by saying that only those who resist the occupation of Turtle Island and stand in solidarity with the aboriginal people are afforded this right. Considering the treatment of non-natives on reserves, something which made national headlines when the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake’s attempted to expel non-natives from the Kahnawake reserve last year, I doubt an aboriginal-controlled Turtle Island would be as accepting of immigration as Canada has shown itself to be.
Suffice to say. Luam Kidane and No One Is Illegal have not only shown themselves to be radical, but also dangerous. I agree with Robert at small dead animals that this anarchist group will likely turn to violence in order to achieve their stated goals, especially since this group is dedicated to achieving “justice,” regardless of what is legal or illegal, as Luam herself said. Brian Lilley showed considerable restraint by allowing Luam ramble on irrationally. If I were in his place, I wouldn’t have been so polite to such a hateful and misguided twit. Pathetic…