To The Editor,
What is this world coming to? In fact, what is Canada coming to. I read about this woman, Khan, in another paper. She made a statement about not celebrating Canada’s 150, due to colonialism. I understand were she is coming from, but the way people look at things will be different.
I looked at it that, she is trying to fight racism with racism. To say, “white fragility can kiss my ass. Your white tears aren’t sacred, this land is.” Talk about offending people. There are white people out there that have native blood in them, and they look at the land as a sacred place.
But, what about other people who look at this land as sacred place. Does it matter what kind of background they have? To embrace other people’s cultures, shouldn’t that be the greatest gift of all? We all need to learn to accept people for who they are and not for what they are.
She made a statement about how people where bulling her by calling her a terrorist. But, I have to wonder who the bully really is. The one who tells her she is a terrorist, or the one that makes a statement using “white fragility”.
She made a point about Native Communities not having clean drinking water in British Columbia. This is why she wasn’t celebrating Canada 150. To make a stance is great, all the power to her. But, I think she could have done it differently. If Khan is so concerned about this, what has she done to try to fix the drinking water problem. Has she tried to raise money for them? If not, why? Personally, I would have embraced Canada 150. What better way to help raise money, so they can have clean drinking water.
People need to realize that Canada isn’t perfect. We are suppose to be a multiculturalism society, and yet, it seems we are far from it. Has anybody looked at history and the way people acted and behaved then. Just looking at the wars they used to have. It didn’t matter where you where from or who you were. All that counted was people trying to rule the world. This includes the Western World, North America, South America, etc.
This women, Khan, said her free speech and identity were being targeted. Does she not realize that she is doing the same thing by targeting other people’s free speech and identity.
It does take courage to stand up and voice your opinion, but it takes great power to do something constructive about theproblem. Which one will you use?
S. Wilcox, Port Perry
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