Friday, April 21, 2017

All large events should have uniform police including Gay Pride Parade in Toronto.

I dislike when agendas cause human life to be put in jeopardy and that is exactly what Gay Pride Toronto and Black Lives Matter are advocating by banning uniform police officers at the Toronto Gay Pride Parade.  All a person has to do is pay attention to the advent of the truck suicide bombers in Europe to understand why we need as many uniform police at all large events as possible.  Uniform police provide a very big warning sign to those who would do us harm.  I don't carry a gun, this isn't America where everyone seems to carry an oozy in their pockets.  This is Canada where we like to go out and about to our favorite events without packing heat.  Without uniform police these festivals, parades and other large events are a terrorist's wet dream.  It should be mandatory that cops in uniform must be present.  I get racism exists but trying to change attitudes should not put people in danger.

Speaking of racism in Canada, I can't help but wonder if Black Lives Matter can be the face of racism in Canada.  I look at the first Canadians, our aboriginal brothers and sisters.  I see a group of people who was rounded up, put into the farthest parts of Canada, out of site, out of mind.  Indigenous people were given a different set of rules by which to live by.  Their kids were taken once in the residential schools and again in the different baby scoops.  First Nation people were neglected, experimented on, starved, treated horribly and experienced a level of racism that no Black, Asian, Arab person has come close to experiencing in Canada.  I respect the mission of  Black Lives Matter but that is an American story of racism that Black Lives Matter was created to combat.  It is a reach to suggest that black Canadians and Americans experience  the same level of discrimination.  It is much more accurate to suggest indigenous Canadians experience a level of racism felt by black Americans.  In both cases there is a long history of racial discrimination.  

I also take offense to those who would label our police force in Canada by the same brush used to paint their American counterparts.  I have all day for Aboriginal people who stand up and stay I have been treated poorly by police/RCMP because our history is filled with numerous examples of first nation folk being unfairly treated.  I have no time for  Black Lives Matter taking the videos and images used in the States as an indication of how police officers and RCMP act in Canada.  Racism isn't a uniquely black idea.  It exists all over the world and is not unique to white folk.  It is never justified and often just a product of how we judge others based on the extreme examples we see in the news.  Every country has a racist dynamic.  In the US it is largely a black white issue and in Canada it is largely an indigenous white issue.  When discussing racism in Canada indigenous people must be at the head of the table.  I believe this matters so much in Canada because our racist perspectives towards Aboriginal folk is so ingrained we don't even recognize it exists.  If we made the face of racism in Canada black it is like saying the treatment of Aboriginal folk don't matter.

Master Iceman

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