On Mounties Being Jerks and Cosplaying Nazis Dying Alone in the Wilderness

Tea & Two Slices is a long-running local news round-up by NEEDS frontman and veteran dishwasher Sean Orr, who lives and works in Gastown, deeply aware of his privilege.

Let this be a lesson to all you wannabe incel neckbeards: Bodies found in northern Manitoba believed to be 2 B.C. fugitives: RCMP. No “blaze of glory”, just two cosplaying Nazis being swallowed by the great boreal forest. This muskeg kills fascists. There is something very poetic about that.

But “as a settler-colonial project steeped in white supremacist domination and capitalist ideals, America Canada is and always has been an ideal fascist breeding ground“.

We only just now begrudgingly added white supremacists and neo-Nazi groups to our terror organization list. That’s because this violence only serves to mimic our history of violent expansion.

It’s no wonder that Canada is falling behind in response to the far-right security threat. If “extremism and extremist sentiment is being normalized in mainstream media” it’s because it’s built into our fragile national identity. It’s also because right wing ideology is necessarily pro-state. It mimics the power dynamics of corporate crony capitalism by enforcing the structural inequalities that exist to maintain the status quo.

This is us. This is the corruption of white male power in action. It’s not video games or mental health. It’s this failure, as a nation, as North Americans, to come to terms with our own history.

This failure to grasp our violent colonial nature explains why The B.C. killings got instant attention, yet crimes against Indigenous women get less.

Satire: Canadian lectures American on how only 17 people were shot in Toronto over the weekend.

Exhibit B: Video shows woman being told ‘Go back to your country’ while visiting Banff National Park. To quote The Hampton Institute again: “exploited workers who embrace fascism are more than willing to overlook the complicity of the creators of their own misery as long as these overseers are willing to repent through an embrace and renewal of ethnic nationalism”.

Meanwhile, this is what accountability looks like: ‘We failed’, say Snotty Nose Rez Kids, with hurtful lyrics that contribute to sexism, transmisogyny. Well done, guys.

Speaking of transmisogyny: BC’s Increasingly Bizarre Anti-SOGI Bandwagon.

“I’m not surprised that one group that promotes discrimination and intolerance attracts another. It’s saddening and it’s infuriating, actually, that there are those whose agenda is to disrupt the goal of having safe, inclusive, welcoming schools in every part of B.C.”

I will never understand people who think someone’s gender identity takes away from their own. I don’t know how to explain to you that you should care about other people. We live in a society.

Speaking of living in a society…this guy went on a tour of a proud local Revelstoke garden, sees 3 pot plants (which you’re legally allowed to have) and then raids the place the next week. ACAB: Mounties search B.C. couple’s property after garden tour reveals three pot plants.

It’s 2019 and they still don’t know how to de-escalate: Video shows police firing bean bag gun at man lying on the ground. How can you be this scared doing the thing that is your job?

Bonus: You Will Hear Us: Anti-Fascism in the Terraces of Pacific Northwest Soccer Stadiums.

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