For those of you who wanted to but were not able to attend, here’s what I said at today’s rally in Port Colborne:
I was 18 years old when I met James, the man who would become the father of my children.
When he asked me if his being Chinese was going to be a problem for me, I couldn’t fathom what he meant. Why in the world would it be a problem for me? Continue reading “Anti-racism rally in Port Colborne”
Several days ago, a hate crime was committed in Port Colborne, Ontario. Someone, or likely more than one person, broke into a family home, destroyed much of the house, and spray painted an anti-black racist slur across the walls of the bedroom of a 16-year-old girl and her younger sister.
Why? Continue reading “Racism lives here”
In the wake of Donald Trump’s victory in Tuesday’s election, I’ve had many discussions about the ways in which Canada and the United States differ. At a fundamental level, our values appear to be different.
It is a difference between valuing the individual and valuing the community.
There’s been a great deal of criticism directed at “lefties” and “lieberals” who just can’t take a loss; who are “crybabies” taking to the street to throw their “temper tantrum;” who label everyone who voted for Trump as racists and bigots. That last point is the one we hear the most about. People who voted for a racist and a bigot are upset that they’re being called racists and bigots themselves. Continue reading “How we differ”
Just days before the United States potentially makes the worst decision in modern history, I am compelled to write about the hatred that exists in my own community.
Last week, a local man was seen (not for the first time) standing in a very public location (this time, at a university) holding this sign. Continue reading “No place for hate”