Friday, June 29, 2007

Hatred and Disinformation is alive and thriving.

No I'm not writing about smart people doing smart things, wouldn't that be nice for a change, I’m writing about the Native day of action.

Why you might ask?

It's simple. The Natives have, and have had for many decades, a legitimate complaint with respect to how they have been neglected by the government.

Sitting at the table and discussing possible solutions has only dragged this inequality on and on.

A quick search on Google reveals a few sites that promote a hatred that is sick and disgusting. This type of “taught” hatred could only come from someone who is ignorant. It is not something I would have expected from a Canadian. However, we are becoming more like our cousins to the south. Claiming that the Natives are nothing more than home-grown terrorist is something that would never have happened before the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Given the political climate as it is today, this type of claim is not causing the type of backlash it would have just 6 short years ago.

I don’t agree with what this site is designed to promote; however, I do believe in freedom of speech. Every man, woman or child has the right to speak his or her mind. Regardless of whether you or I agree with what he or she says. If you do not agree than you to have the right to speak you mind.

Since the terrorist attack in 2001, our right to free speech, as well as many other rights, have been curtailed or completely destroyed in the name of “National Security”. “Those willing to give up a little liberty for a little security deserve neither security nor liberty.” This quote from Benjamin Franklin in 1759 is more important now than ever.

This is very similar to how our government views the issue of Global Warming.

First deny there is a problem.
Then stall until the people cry out for action.
Acknowledge the problem and say it’s not our fault.
Then stall until the people cry out for action.
Acknowledge that the problem is caused by us but it’s too late to do anything about it.
Then stall until change is forced upon us.
The people cry out.

When words are simply not enough, actions must speak for you.

Below is a reprint of an email I sent to CTV in response to their question of the day, Do you support the First Nations day of action.

Are we not brothers?
Do we not breath the same air, drink the same water and eat the same fruit?

Yes, we are!

So why do we treat our brothers so unfairly?
Why do we deny them the same standard of living that we enjoy?

If the Natives had not stood shoulder to shoulder with the British during the War of 1812, there would not be this great country called Canada.
We should all stand together in support of their struggle to obtain a quaility of life that is equal to our own.

We are brothers, let's act like brothers.

I voted yes.


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