We like to think that genocide only takes place in far-off lands. We all want to believe that it isn't something that can touch us in London, Ontario. Wrapped in our snug blanket, with our eyes tightly shut, it doesn't seem like it can happen here.
...I'll say it did. Brilliant, Judy -- let's make the word "racism" even more meaningless through knee-jerk conceptual dilution!
How does it serve the noble cause of stigmatizing racism to cheapen our word for it by throwing it around in such an ostentatiously ridiculous way? A real fire-breathing racist couldn't ask for a better pair of councillors to run interference for his cause. It is because of such wolf-crying that no thoughtful person takes the word at face value any more... which is sad. Accusations of racism should make a room dead serious, not fill it with derisive laughter.
I await the outrage of these councillors the next time we hear a bigoted reference to "American-style" health insurance schemes, or worse, some prejudiced slur about conditions in "Third-World style sweat shops".
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Posted by Mike on Wednesday, April 09, 2008