On the Paradox of Intolerance and Running Away from the USA

We are winning: Mass celebration of diversity overwhelms anti-Islam rally at city hall. While at once uplifting and promising, there is still a nagging hypocrisy in Gregor’s words, which are deeply rooted in white privilege. It’s easy to say “don’t reach out with a fist” when you aren’t a constant target of fists.

It’s really easy for a white columnist to say “Ignore them”. Tell that to Barbara Kentner. Tell that to the six people murdered at a Quebec mosque. Twenty-Eight people are dead at the hands of right-wing bigots in 2017 alone, and still some on the left are perpetuating the “many sides” narrative.

This is the paradox of tolerance: be tolerant of everything but intolerance. The organizers of Vancouver’s rally celebrated the death of Heather Heyer and they make no no apologies. As Garth Mullins writes, “We must deny fascists the space to organize, march and speak. Their speech is not debate but incitement to violence and murder”.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m in favour of all tactics. Mock them, sure. Make clever signs. Dox them. Hack their websites. Laugh as The Rebel tries to distance itself from the alt right.

But this whole stay home and eat cake Tina Fey business is tone-deaf ignorance of oppression as a system: No, Tina Fey, white people must put down the sheet cake and start fighting. Yeah, yeah…I know, comedic relief. You can walk and chew gum at the same time. But…

“It isn’t Richard Spencer calling the cops on me for farming while Black. It’s nervous White women in yoga pants with ‘I’m with Her’ and ‘Coexist’ stickers on their German SUVs.” Black Farmer Gets Real in Viral Post About the Type of Subtle Racism He Fears Most.

And then this happened: Trudeau to asylum seekers: Crossing border illegally won’t fast track immigration. No, but it will get you away from ICE. Harsha Walia: “Trudeau’s white supremacy is showing. Claiming asylum is an internationally protected right! On the one hand Trudeau condemns white supremacists and on the other he spews this rhetoric about ‘illegals'”.

Satire of the day: Next-Level Gaming: The New ‘Call Of Duty’ Will Penalize Players For Shooting Nazis Who Are Actually Very Fine People.

Abbotsford of the day: ‘It’s ingenious really’: Homeless campers build bridge out of shopping carts.

Bonus: Remembering Astar, the Star of Canada’s Most Hardcore PSA.

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  1. ‘It’s easy to say “don’t reach out with a fist” when you aren’t a constant target of fists.’

    – Love this quote.

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