“If you want racism to disappear stop talking about it.”
The Bible informs us that at the end of the world, people of ever nation tribe and tongue will gather at the throne of God to sing praise. That’s the good news. God doesn’t care about your colour.
People however, do. I was born in 1960 and so came along viewing those shocking magazine photos from the civil rights era, when police employed attack dogs against black citizens during the race riots of Alabama. Malcolm Gladwell has noted in his book The Tipping Point, that publication of the photos was a driver of public opinion. Only an ugly society would segregate its citizens in such a manner. Martin Luther King in his famous “I have a Dream” speech said, “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character.” I remember being soberly taught in school that a just society would not differentiate based on race. To do so would be on par with regimes like South Africa where institutionalized racism was official policy.
That was a generation ago. Fast forward to 2021. In the last few years, an unpopular law has cropped up that allows police to detain drivers on a whim, a favoured tactic in undemocratic regimes like Russia, where your rights don’t much matter. Of course, the law was challenged in court. It was considered a gimme that arbitrary detention by the State contravenes your right to move about freely. Three years later, the law has not been rescinded, it’s still on the books, and the disruptions of COVID has put the legal challenge on the back burner. What’s another breech of your civil liberties, if the government can justify special powers based on emergency?
Hence, I could not believe what I was hearing on the radio. The ebullient police officer interviewed noted that they would henceforth avoid places like Brampton where stopping people would “disproportionally impact radicalized communities”. Nope, couldn’t do that. The hue and cry would be overwhelming. Police would be in the press, in a bad light. The shadow of George Floyd lingers on.
What IS acceptable however is to do the same thing, in a white community. Hence the police have identified parts of Ontario where it is safe to assume the majority is white, like Sarnia. There, they have been stopping people at will because you know, white people won’t complain, apparently. Or, if they did, nobody would care.
Don’t know how it escaped the interviewer, or the officer quoted, that such a policy is racist. Yes, it targets white people based on the colour of their skin. What was the sin of a generation ago, is now considered groundbreaking woke policy. That it impacts the rights of white people, is somehow not considered to be important. The disgruntled are merely displaying white fragility. Suck it up white people, and move to the back of the bus. It’s ok to treat you differently because you are white, and privileged.
It’s discomfiting, that people seem to be OK with this. I have to point out the obvious, if the world is to be a fair place. I guess in 2021 it is not, but people no longer care.
Those peddling such uneven application of the law do not remember the Magna Carta, that groundbreaking agreement that established the Anglo-sphere as a bastion of personal freedoms. No more bullying by the State.
“No sheriff, royal official, or other person shall take horses or carts for transport from any free man, without his consent (Clause 30). No official shall place a man on trial upon his own unsupported statement, without producing credible witnesses to the truth of it (Clause 38). No freeman shall be taken, or imprisoned… except by the legal judgement of his peers or by the law of the land (Clause 39). To none will we sell, to none deny or delay, right or justice….” Sounds a little better to me.
What we have now is not really justice, it’s just thinly disguised payback. In another time and place, someone did something to someone else, but it’s YOUR fault now. That’s how justice gets turned on it’s head, all things being equal. For the record, I'm with Martin on this one. I also long for a time when men shall not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character. It came and went, but nobody noticed.