Last winter, while operating a tow truck, I got called to a two-car collision. When I arrived on the scene, there were the two wrecked cars and a couple of others parked at the side of the road. A woman came out of one of the parked cars. I asked her if she was the owner of one of the wrecked vehicles, and that’s when all hell broke loose. How dare I assume that she was the one who caused the accident? Just because she was a woman! I was a sexist pig. How she made this connection is still beyond me.
It took a while for it to sink in, but when it did, I was upset. All I was doing was establishing who owned the vehicle involved in the accident. I’m not a sexist – far from it. I respect, admire, and adore strong, independent woman.
That’s probably the way Tom Werbo is feeling right now, because he is no racist. He didn’t make statements: he asked questions that are open for debate. It’s almost impossible not to offend someone these days. Wishing someone a Merry Christmas makes you a racist.
How come everybody feels so discriminated against? I mean, the people who live in Wakefield Harbour feel discriminated because we call their neighbourhood the vinyl village. Really, folks? To Angela Semple and Eli Tabello (July 9, letters) I would like to point out that not just Canada is founded on genocide. The whole world is founded on genocide, as well as rape and plunder. Before the white man showed up, Native tribes were committing genocide on each other, which makes them just as human as the rest of the world’s human inhabitants. This planet is a slaughterhouse, and it has been from day one, and it will continue to be until humans go the way of the dinosaurs.
Your comments would have been appreciated because they do, in a way, explain and answer Tom Werbo’s question. However, turning it in to a massive guilt trip, labelling him as an anti First Nations racist, and calling for his head make your comments empty and useless and it reduced my sympathies to your cause.
Racism is alive and well among all people of all races, skin colour, and gender, and as long as we can’t have an open debate and are able to call a spade a spade, it will only prosper.