An "interesting" response from one of the Councillors in Truro….

I find it interesting that, without knowing a thing about my “race” “Raymond” chose to suggest that I had a problem with “race” in my suggestion that, as a man of colour, he would find it offensive had the Mayor make the decision to deny, say, the right of the Black community to fly a flag which represented their pride over their achievements.

This is the response he chose to send me:

I am not a man of colour I am a proud Black man and I would not have any difficulty saying no to any group wanting to fly a flag where only the Official flag of Truro is flown, however I will support anyone’s right to put up a banner over our streets. Just the fact that you brought “RACE” into this shows that you have problems. I don’t support the Mayor’s view’s, but this is my reason for not supporting the flying of the flag.

Raymond [Tynes]

As I pointed out in my reply, I come from a mixed race family and when I married, my husband and I formed a mixed race family.

I did say in my initial email that the decision not to fly the flag based on a reasoned debate was not the issue. What IS the issue is that the Mayor has openly said that his decision was based on “personal opinion” as a Christian. As a City Official, he does not have the right to make bigoted statements. I also took issue with the fact that the Councillors have not distanced themselves from his statements.

The fact that “Raymond” seems to suggest I have personal issues with race, rather than, quite rationally, making the association between the bigotry of several decades ago, directed at people of colour (whether Black, Asian, or Aboriginal) and the sort of bigoted comments made by the Mayor.

I am sorry that “Raymond” sees this as somehow slighting him as a “proud Black man” instead of seeing that bigotry against a race is exactly the same as bigotry against homosexuals.

Follows, my response to his email:

Sir,

As a person from an inter-racial family, I do not have “problems” with race. I do, however, have a problem with the support of the Mayor who brings personal opinion into his decision regarding people that the Canadian people as whole and the Government recognizes as having a legitimate right not to be “lumped together” with pedophiles.

As a person who comes from parents whose marriage, a mere few decades earlier, would have been deemed criminal, being of mixed race, not to mention my own to an First Nations man, I well understand how the State, in this case the city of Truro, can infringe upon the legal right of free expression because of “personal opinion” by bigots such as your mayor. That a few decades earlier, excuses for not permitting women or people of colour (whether Black, Asian, or Native) the right to public or community recognition of their achievements pretty much mirror those used to deny Gays and Lesbians the right to do the same thing.

Your Mayor is free to have his own personal opinions. It is just a shame that there seems to be an unwillingness to denounce his expressions of personal bigotry as a City official.

What the Hell is wrong with people????? (part deux)

So, this evening, Cat and I went to Tim Horton’s.

Sitting at the table on the other side of the barrier from us was a family with three little boys.

Mother and one of the children was up at getting food at Wendy’s and the father was sitting with the other two boys. Father was telling the eldest boy. “You know when Mommy and Daddy get angry with you and you think they hate you and you have a tantrum? That’s the Devil in you, making you do that. You have to fight the Devil and not let him take hold of you and make you do things you shouldn’t….”

WTF?????

Great parenting! Don’t let the child know that you understand that they feel frustrated… Don’t let them understand that they get hurt that you “think that Mommy and Daddy hate you”…. Scare the shit out of them and make them think they are possessed by the Devil!

To top that off, part way through the meal, “Daddy” smacks the child on the arm for doing playing with his food. When Cat and I turned and stared at “Daddy”, “Mommy” glares at us.

Unfortunately (fortunately for the child) the smack wasn’t hard enough to warrant calling the police but if it was illegal to mentally abuse your child by telling them the “Devil” made them get mad, I’d have been on the phone.

Fuck-heads…..

What the Hell is wrong with people?????

The phone line set up by the police to allow people to call in tips on the disappearance of nine-year old Cédrika Provencher, from a street in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, has been flooded with calls.

Unfortunately, many of the calls are from people who don’t actually have a tip….. People have been calling in with everything from dreams and intuitions, to voicing their despair on the disappearance, or simply because they are lonely. Meanwhile, police fear that someone with an actual tip may give up because they haven’t been able to get through while police are listening to someone who just wants to talk.

Unfortunately, nowhere can I find a link-able poster with the information about Cedrika in English. Nor does the Sûreté du Québec have an English website (does THIS surprise me?… Um…No….).

The closest I can find is in French, I have to do as a jpg.

My friend, Cat….

Thanks for being there, Doll! I love ya…..

What the Hell is wrong with people????? (part deux)

So, this evening, Cat and I went to Tim Horton’s.

Sitting at the table on the other side of the barrier from us was a family with three little boys.

Mother and one of the children was up at getting food at Wendy’s and the father was sitting with the other two boys. Father was telling the eldest boy. “You know when Mommy and Daddy get angry with you and you think they hate you and you have a tantrum? That’s the Devil in you, making you do that. You have to fight the Devil and not let him take hold of you and make you do things you shouldn’t….”

WTF?????

Great parenting! Don’t let the child know that you understand that they feel frustrated… Don’t let them understand that they get hurt that you “think that Mommy and Daddy hate you”…. Scare the shit out of them and make them think they are possessed by the Devil!

To top that off, part way through the meal, “Daddy” smacks the child on the arm for doing playing with his food. When Cat and I turned and stared at “Daddy”, “Mommy” glares at us.

Unfortunately (fortunately for the child) the smack wasn’t hard enough to warrant calling the police but if it was illegal to mentally abuse your child by telling them the “Devil” made them get mad, I’d have been on the phone.

Fuck-heads…..

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