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A Brief Message for Canadians: Get Over It!


A Brief Message for Canadians: Get Over It!

By: Andrew Gavin Marshall

CANADIANS: Be ashamed that this newspaper column is what passes for the “public discourse” in this country: a raving, ignorant, arrogant, idiotic and racist rant telling Indigenous people to “get over it” – referring to the state-sanctioned racism, genocide, and imperialism – all of which is still taking place.

Naomi Lakritz wrote a syndicated column for the Calgary Herald on July 31, that First Nations people “need to quit blaming the past” for the circumstances in which they live, because they “have nobody to blame but themselves.” First Nations people, suggested Lakritz, need to drop “the victimization mantle” and instead, start “with the concept of individual responsibility.” In other words: get over it!

No, instead of Canadians acknowledging our history as a nation – the violent destruction, exploitation, domination, murder and discrimination exerted against the indigenous peoples of the land we invaded and occupied – this “journalist” thinks that Indigenous people should “stop blaming their history.”

They are not blaming their history: they are pointing to their history so that we may learn our own. We have a ‘shared’ history, and it has led us to the present. If we – as Canadians – actually looked at our history, and traced its evolution up to the present, we would realize that our ‘colonial’ history has now evolved into a modern state-capitalist imperial present. Our historical injustices imposed upon Indigenous peoples have modern incarnations: the system of domination, exploitation, segregation, discrimination and – yes(!) – genocide, continues today.

If we learned about all that, we might want to change it. We might develop something called ‘empathy’ which can lead to something called ‘solidarity.’ These are very human characteristics, so I understand that they seem challenging to relate to in a deeply dehumanizing society; but remember, we have a shared history and we share the present. Our histories are intertwined and interdependent, and so too is our future.

We might look out at the fact that Indigenous people, not only in Canada but around the world, are rising up in rebellion against the rampant and accelerating destruction of the environment, which will lead the species to extinction. Indigenous people are on the front lines of the global struggle against human extinction and the preservation of the environment and earth we live on. If we looked at all that… we might join them.

Instead, we read articles like this gutter trash, intellectual abortion, which has been published in the Calgary Herald, The Province, Victoria Times-Colonist, and the Edmonton Journal. Interesting how in the two provinces of BC and Alberta where the Indigenous struggle against environmental destruction is currently very active, are the same provinces where this ‘article’ is published in the main newspapers for the four largest population centres… just in case you might get the ‘right’ idea.

Canada’s corporate-owned media wouldn’t want that, would it? Not when the corporation that owns all these newspapers – the largest newspaper company in Canada, Postmedia Network – has a board of directors who are reaping profits and power off of the destruction of the environment, sitting on multiple other corporate boards for banks, energy and oil companies.

Take Jane Peverett, on the board of Postmedia. Jane also sits on the boards of CIBC, the Northwest Natural Gas Company, and Encana, a major energy company. As recently as November, an Indigenous group in BC was taking action against the construction of a major pipeline project partly owned by Encana.

I’m not blaming Jane for this article; I think the author deserves the blame. But Jane – and her compatriots who sit on the boards of Canada’s highly concentrated media system – maintain and wield significant influence over a media institution which promotes articles like this as contributing to the ‘public discourse,’ when all it does is promote ignorance, propaganda, passivity, and protects the interests of the powerful who own it. It’s an institutional function. Jane is merely a cog in a much larger wheel, while Naomi Lakritz can barely be said to be cognizant.

It’s institutional propaganda. Just as the discrimination, exploitation, domination and destruction of Indigenous people is institutional to our society. For a population currently struggling against the rapacious ravaging of the environment, let alone for survival, being told to “get over it,” is another way of saying: “just die, already.” And because the struggle is against the extinction of our species if we continue along our current path, saying, “get over it,” is also like saying, “we’re all going to die, but I don’t want to do anything about it… and neither should you.”

So for those Canadians who think the article above presented a ‘reasonable’ argument (and I KNOW you exist), and for those Canadians who think Indigenous people should stop “blaming history,” take a piece of your own advice: get over it. Learn your history, know your world, find your brothers and sisters and join them in the struggle to save the species and the planet we live on.

When it comes to having people like Naomi Lakritz of the Calgary Herald lower the public discourse – or rather, maintain the public discourse at painful lows – it’s really time that we get beyond this. Naomi Lakritz also thinks pot is a “dangerous drug” and legalization a “bad idea” (because once again, “get over” history, don’t learn, just delude!), and who (shockingly) has problems with immigrants, and it’s too perfect: she wants them to “leave [their] history at home” when they come to Canada… the nation with no history, apparently.

Naomi ('no history') Lakritz

Naomi (‘no history’) Lakritz

The deranged attempts by Lakritz to support the status quo when it comes to matters of injustice cannot be left as the level of discourse in a country which boasts the title of “the most educated country in the world.” It’s time to start acting like it. So it’s time to stop listening to Lakritz and other ‘rebels against rationality’, and START listening to Indigenous people, who have a great deal that they are trying to teach us about our country, and are showing us ways that we can help change it for the better.

It’s only our fate as a people, species, and planet that is at stake… Get over it.

 

Andrew Gavin Marshall is a 26-year old researcher and writer based in Montreal, Canada. He is Project Manager of The People’s Book Project, chair of the Geopolitics Division of The Hampton Institute, research director for Occupy.com‘s Global Power Project, and hosts a weekly podcast show with BoilingFrogsPost.

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43 Comments

  1. Dave Patterson says:

    Good one Andrew – sometimes they just get you so mad you gotta write, even if you know they don’t care and won’t read it. Somday. KIeep up the great writing.Dave Patterson (my own place I record the stuff I can’t hold back – http://www.rudemacedon.ca/view-gi-home.html

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    • colin says:

      This was my response
      ******
      I have attached my response to Karin Klassen’s Don’t blame ‘colonialism’ for aboriginal tragedies & Naomi Lakritz’s First Nations need to quit blaming the past. I have copied the editors in on this email as well as Naomi, I can’t seem to find Karin Klassen’s email but If someone provides contact info. I would be happy to email Karin.
      I have attached a PDF but decided to just copy the document into this email below also, as I am using a new app to attach the PDF.
      **
      When I began my first year of university (SFU) I was warned by a girl from my reserve in Alberta, whom was a year ahead in our program, “there are not many First Nations people in our program and in most cases You will become the Indian in residence on topics about First Nation issues.” When material covered in class touches upon a topic that has a relationship to First Nation issues like: colonialism, cultural genocide or white actors playing Tonto. Non-native faces in the class begin to look for the First Nations guy. I once even took over a tutorial about colonialism portrayed in a film because the TA wanted my opinion.

      Since the first year I have tried to curb the need to educate non-First Nations people about First Nations issues, after all we have google and it is very draining being the Indian in residence.

      While I have tried to curb the urge to educate, I do have a compulsion to educate ignorant people usually spurred on by anger at the lack of understanding but I truly reach a boiling point when you mix ignorance, prejudice and racism.

      Today I am writing in response to Naomi Lakritz article:”First Nations need to quit blaming the past” printed by Vancouver’s local rag The Province. A larger goal in this letter is to educated these dumb white writers like Naomi Lakritz or Karin Klassen whom just wrote a article for a Calgary newspaper titled “Don’t blame ‘colonialism’ for aboriginal tragedies”. Saying these writers are dumb may sound harsh, so Iets just call them ignorant. I assume that these writers are not ignorant in all matters; after all Lakritz started out working for the national enquirer, so she must know the tabloid business and Klassen co-created a TV show called: “fixing dinner” so she must know now the TV business or at the very least how to cook Kraft dinner.

      That said these writers are not qualified to speak on what Aboriginal people should or shouldn’t do, not only because their articles present a race based viewpoint through a prejudicial lens but simply because their articles are lacking factual data or an understanding of the facts they seem to present.

      Being that both the province article and the Calgary articles are similar Lets focus on Lakritz article and parallel it with Klassen to better understand the scope of ignorance that goes to print in this country.

      The Lakritz article is a reaction piece to the death of 5 year old Phoenix Sinclair which normally would not bother me since it is a hot button topic but in this case Lakritz has used that event as a conduit to vent critical viewpoints about indigenous people in Canada which is an equivocations tactic often employed by Race Mongers like Lakritz or Klassen.

      In Lakritz article she references the defense “According to Jay Funke, a lawyer for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and the Southern Chiefs Organization, it was colonialism. Last week, he told an inquiry into the little girl’s death that “First Nation leaders believe that the tragedy suffered by Phoenix was, in large part, the result of centuries of colonial-based policies and practices which have been forced upon the First Nations people of Canada.”-Lakritz suddenly the article stops referring to the Phenix Sinclair case and attacks and First Nations leaders and thereby first nation people in general “First Nations leaders believe colonialism was responsible. Deflect, deflect, deflect. Excuses, excuses, excuses.”-Lakritz

      We can refer to the federal apology for another perspective on colonialism, “policy of assimilation was wrong [and] has caused great harm.”. That great harm could aptly be called residential school effects. The Ottawa: Aboriginal Healing Foundation a federal agency describes residential school effects very aptly.”Inter-generational or multi-generational trauma happens when the effects of trauma are not resolved in one generation. When trauma is ignored and there

      is no support for dealing with it, the trauma will be passed from one

      generation to the next. What we learn to see as “normal”, when we are children, we pass on to our own children. Children who learn that physical and sexual abuse is “normal”, and who have never dealt with the feelings that come from this, may inflict physical abuse and sexual abuse on their own children. The unhealthy ways of behaving that people use to protect

      themselves can be passed on to children, without them even knowing they are doing so.”

      A peer reviewed article by prairie women’s health titled:Inter-generational Effects on Professional First Nations Women Whose Mothers are Residential School Survivors, better puts this information into context “It is estimated that 150,000 Aboriginal children were interned and at least 80,000 to 86,000 of them are alive today . According to the 1991 Aboriginal Peoples Survey (APS), there were approximately 373,350 Aboriginal survivors and those who had been inter-generationally affected by the legacy of residential schools.”

      I am no math shaman but I can imagine that this number has grown since 1991. That means that almost half a million First Nations people need to just get over it or, as Karin Klassen would say “take some responsibility” as a first nations person, I do wonder when right wing indignant Canadians like Klassen and Lakritz will take some responsibility? There are times when Canadians say “yeah we really did some bad things to you First Nations” but this statement of acknowledgement is almost always followed up by a comment about how the government gives First Nations people money. With a follow up like this the acknowledgement of the cultural genocide that happened in this country becomes meaningless.

      In this spirit Lakritz concludes the article by naming a bunch of random unconnected atrocities

      “To name just a few, the Armenians suffered genocide in 1915, the Tutsis of Rwanda in 1994, the Jews and Roma suffered unspeakable horrors during the Holocaust, the Ukrainians were victims of Josef Stalin’s forced famine, with more than seven million starved to death in Stalin’s diabolical plot to destroy them for the “crime” of wanting independence from his reign.”- Lakritz

      I find two things about her statement odd; One, that Lakritz still says Jews, I guess that she means Jewish people? Secondly, that Lakritz does not choose to mention apartheid; which was fashioned after the residential school system. In his essay: “Two fronts of anti apartheid struggle: South Africa and Canada” John S Saul Professor emeritus of politics at York University, details the connection. ”As Borgeault further observes, ‘South Africa turned to Canada in the first decade of the 20th century’, since ‘Canada was probably the only advanced capitalist state that had an elaborate system of administration and territorial segregation of an internally colonized indigenous population, a possible exception being the United States'”. -Saul

      Stating that individuals need to take responsibility for the direction of ones life as both Klassen and Lakritz do is a given, but not looking at all the factors involved in that process is impractical and ineffective.

      Klassen finishes her article in a similar manner to Lakritz, Firstly by declaring her love for the 60’s scoop; which by the way was basically a second try at assimilation of First Nations children but instead of catholic priests beating and molesting kids it was white foster parents. Secondly Klassen again takes a shot at the idea that colonialism had no effect on generations of First Nations people.

      I must combat this type of thinking, I am a well adjusted First Nations man getting a BFA from Simon Fraser University. My single Blackfoot mother and Grandmother raised me to be polite and caring towards all people in addition to the value of standing up for yourself and your family. I am so sick of reporters in this country picking on First Nations family for a quick headline.

      To put things another way I must reference Canadian author Tomas King and his Book The truth about stories:”The truth about stories is that’s all we are.”

      If we as first Nations people allow Journalists to paint us in a unfounded negative fashion and call it “news” then two things are happening. One, we as First Nations people are internalizing the negative images, right wingers like Klassen are bombarding us with. Secondly journalists like Lakritz are perpetuating the hate for First Nations this country was built upon. fostering the same feelings of hate seen in yesteryears in the youth of today.

      Oh Canada, I may be, one little Indian but this one little Indian has had enough of the racial attacks. So ladies and gentleman of the Canadian media, in regard to the racism, I must reference the sediment of journalists like those mentioned today and say “just get over it”

      • Serena says:

        In other words, you’re saying that Phoenix Sinclair’s parents. ARE NOT AT FAULT for killing her. Because they are NATIVE. Corrine Gustvason’s killer, Clifford Sleigh, is not at fault for raping her so horribly that her vagina was torn up. Clifford is NATIVE so he’s NOT AT FAULT for anything!

      • Andrew, you hit the vail on the head with – `Get over it`being an apt catchphrase that the right-wing media should espouse. Ms. Laykritz should be very aware that the Jewish people have made an industry of their so-called Holocaust and have no intention of dropping it because it is a magnificent cash cow to them now. I don`t see the First Nations of Canada or the US profiting from hundreds of years of genocide. Up until now they have been graciously forgiving. It is a very fitting title that they be Idle No More and ask the detractors to look in he mirror when they speak of murder and other atrocities.

  2. Gerald Parker says:

    This ignoble and ignorant woman writes like the neocon and Zionist that probably she is. It is disturbing when this kind of thing, as bad as so much in the U.S. “presstitute” media, appears in a Canadian newspaper.

  3. Perhaps??? If Naomi could acknowledge that 150,000 children were stolen from their families (typically at age 3-5), and that an estimated 30,000 died, and additional thousands were starved for “medical research”, and used as test subject for medical experiments… Just perhaps it would be a little harder to pen cheap thoughts that amount to “get over it”.

  4. Thank you for this, Andrew! The more voices we get out there, the more those racist voices will be silenced.

    My Newcomer family is now into it’s eighth generation in the “New” World. My 85 year old WWII veteran father has repeatedly insisted that I give voice to our support of #IdleNoMore and try to educate our fellow Newcomers about our actual history on this land. So I, a fifty-something White Albertan have been very happily going to rallies and round-dances, painfully trying to give face to face explanations to other White people, and writing, writing, writing.

    If it’s worth anything, here’s a bunch of what I’ve posted: http://behindthehedge.wordpress.com/tag/idlenomore/

    I was so excited when the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was given its mandate. I naively expected full Government cooperation and a reasonable Canadian public becoming involved and filled with empathy. Somehow, I thought the undeniable Truth would be placed before us and we would come together in a tearful Reconciliation. I have been truly disgusted by the Government stonewalling and footdragging. And I’ve been horrified by the hateful racism that has produced the obscene denials and victim-blaming which seem to escalate every day.

    I am sickened by the opportunity being wasted by the Government and Canadians society at large.

    But, more than ever, I am determined to carry out my father’s wishes that I do what I can to get the truth out.

    Thanks again for the article!

    • Thank you very much! — and most especially for the link, looks like some great stuff! Keep it up, stay connected!
      Cheers
      Andrew

    • I might also add, I am a third generation ‘settler’ in Canada. Great to hear you have been attending Idle No More rallies!

      • Edmonton has a strong and ever getting stronger aboriginal communitiy/communities. It was wonderful to see the malls and squares suddenly filled with drums, dancers and all colours of people! It felt appropriate to be a guest and a minority, following the lead of such confident and warmly welcoming people. If every non-Native Canadian had let themselves join a round dance with an open heart, things would be moving very differently today.

    • Henry Joseph says:

      Thanks for the eye opening remarks Mr Richardson. I am part of the assimilationist project the government has put first nations in meaning my mother is half Dutch and half first nations my father was half first nations and French. I could never fit in with first nations or the white community yet I saw all the racist attitudes from both sides….I’m so confused and now my children are going through the same experience here in Canada. Its so good to see and hear from Europeans how they feel about our history…Thanks again

  5. Dunrominfarms says:

    Dropping fish into the fish bowl – nice work!

    The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control,

    and outnumbers both of the other classes – Aristotle

  6. Ronald says:

    ‘First Nation’ … ..fundamentally few if any existing today anywhere in the world can actually make the claim from where they are now to be the first of anything. The people today are in place because they displaced others before them …..I do not know of any exceptions … ….

    • So that makes Genocide OK ?

      • walkingman13 says:

        Not saying genocide is ok, but as a race, we’ve been killing each other for millennia, so its nothing new, unfortunately.

        But to say the case of Phoenix Sinclair is somehow connected to that is disingenuous to the extreme.

      • Phoenix Sinclair was not mentioned in this article possibly in the original. I however disagree with you as what we our seeing is the fruit of that not so long ago physical and cultural Genocide. Those survivors had children and were probably so damaged effective parenting was not possible ,their children had children and disfunction gets passed down generational lines ,until it is dealt with compassion and awareness .

    • Gergith says:

      You’re basically ignoring the fact that a large part of this is a LEGAL claim and not just a heritage claim. This is literally the group of people (regardless of placement on our landmass) having signed treaties with the British Crown as they settled into Canada. It goes back to documents like the Royal Proclamation of 1763. So your point would be much more valid if we came into Canada purely by conquest and not with legal treaties. That’s all. While in the states there are stories of beads of islands, not certain if true, in Canada our natives actually got into contract law :D

  7. robbear13 says:

    Fascinating that Ms. Larkitz failed to mention that first nations have been trying to “take responsibility” for their welfare at every turn, only to be slapped down (politely).
    What she needs to do is get over herself.

  8. Chris Graham says:

    Thanks for the article. It was excellent. A thought occurred to me when I saw the picture of the newspaper writer: perhaps she wouldn’t be so bitter and angry if her parents hadn’t dressed her up as Weird Al Yankovic. All joking aside, though, it’s an important topic, and I think you nailed some extremely relevant points.

  9. Erik says:

    OK, I read the article and the one it referenced by Larkitz, which referred to the death of Phoenix Sinclair. I’m sorry, but the comment made by Jay Funke *IS* a major deflection and to try and somehow blame the rest of Canada (and policy over the years) for this little girl’s death is a very cheap and low blow.

    This little girl died because of her parent’s NELGECT and ABUSE. It has nothing to do with larger issues – they were SICK, DEMENTED people. And these kinds of things, sadly, are not just confined to the native community. I think Mr. Marshall needs to tone down the rhetoric.

    • Gerald Parker says:

      ________________________________ De : Andrew Gavin Marshall À : parkerjerry1943@yahoo.fr Envoyé le : Lundi 5 août 2013 19h11 Objet : [New comment] A Brief Message for Canadians: Get Over It! WordPress.com Erik commented: “OK, I read the article and the one it referenced by Larkitz, which referred to the death of Phoenix Sinclair. I’m sorry, but the comment made by Jay Funke *IS* a major deflection and to try and somehow blame the rest of Canada (and policy over the years) “

  10. Rex Papuer says:

    Unfortunately, for their lot, it’s always going to be an uphill battle, because they don’t appear to accept responsibility for anything, after telling everyone else to take responsibility for their actions.

    Haven’t heard one conservative in the US fess up for their role in Iraq and Afghanistan, because it seems that the more primitive motive of being a lawyer for yourself overrides the ability to be a scientist for the truth.

    Heck, our own pop culture is beginning to demonize those who reference the atrocities that the US inflicted upon our Native American populations. Just look at the latest Iron Man movie, where you not only see the bad guy making reference to the Wounded Knee Massacre as a justification for his attack against us, but also, the victimization of an OIL EXECUTIVE who is shot in “cold blood” by the Mandarin for what are actual crimes against the species and the social/ecological environment in which we need to inhabit.

    I don’t know if this is only going to get worse before it gets better, or if it is only going to get worse from here on out.

  11. I read this column on its first day out and was saddened and ashamed and wondering who I could apologize to for the ignorant slant that this article provides. Political incorrectness extraordinaire. I had to check the front page to make that I was not reading an unresearched tabloid rag piece. This is precisely how the negative stereotypes become entrenched and it missed the mark of the point that she was trying to make when the diatribe began. Can you imagine if someone were to publish the same column but replace 1st Nations with Jews – there wouild be a massive outcry and public furor. But c’mon, it’s been 70 years, isn’t it about time they ‘get over it’? Their own holocaust has become an industry, the German nation continues to pay reparations and anyone who dares question the numbers is potentially facing prosecution. Yet even if you believe that 6 million Jews were exteirminated, It pales by comparison of the genocide that was wrought upon the North American native population. Where is he public outcry for that genocide? It boils down to – whoever wins the war writes the history. Perhaps, in time, when we become more civilized, the truth will be taught to our future generations.

  12. Patrick says:

    I thank you

  13. YES! WHEN THE JEWS!
    ” GET OVER IT”!
    THEN I THINK WE MAY BE ABLE TO FOLLOW THEIR EXAMPLE!!
    WHAT THE NAZIS DID TO THE JEWS ..
    THE FIRST AMERICAN INVADERS ARMYS DID TO US
    ….AND SOME TIMES ALOT WORSE THAN HITLER!
    HITLER FOLLOWED EXAMPLE FROM SOME PPL ..HITLER WAS AFTER ALL THE MASSACRES OF NATIVE WOMEN N CHILDREN N ELDERLY WOMEN N MEN!

  14. Henry Joseph says:

    Thanks for the eye opening remarks Mr Richardson. I am part of the assimilationist project the government has put first nations in meaning my mother is half Dutch and half first nations my father was half first nations and French. I could never fit in with first nations or the white community yet I saw all the racist attitudes from both sides….I’m so confused and now my children are going through the same experience here in Canada. Its so good to see and hear from Europeans how they feel about our history…Thanks again

  15. Sue says:

    I’m not really sure what they are trying to “teach our country” since all I see are murders, drunk drivers and assaults. Just yesterday a FN man was beating a man with a hammer in broad daylight. Oh, and let’s not forget the Chief that just got sentenced to 9 months for child sexual assault, a lesser charge cause he’s FN, and also get’s to retain his title, and his job when he’s out, which happens to be right next door to a day care. Thanks but I’ll take my lessons else where.

    • Please, consider taking your racism elsewhere in the future. Thanks!

      • Sue says:

        Facts aren’t racism, but good job diminishing the meaning of the word! If you think her report was bad, yours is much worse.

      • There are white Canadians who murder people, have raped children, abuse children, who are drunks and drug addicts. Does that make it acceptable to say, “white people are child abusing, rapists, murderers, drug abusers and drunks”?

        No? Okay. Well, when you say that about Aboriginal people, because of the “facts” you perceive, that’s called racism.

        Thanks for stopping by.

      • Sue says:

        It’s time to abolish the Indian Act, get rid of Gladue and move on! Times they are a changing! Equality for everyone! What a novel idea! Equal rights do not exist in this country, but one day they will. If that makes me a racist, then so be it!

      • Sue and others, both online and in real life, inspired me to bang my head against the old brick wall again today. Here’s what I wrote about ignorance and racism (and “equality”): http://behindthehedge.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/getting-fed-up-with-ignorance-and-racism/

        For what it’s worth :)

    • Sue, I suggest you educate yourself about Canada’s constitutional situation. Here’s a little primer I wrote a while ago for us white people :) http://behindthehedge.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/connecting-the-constitutional-dots-of-idlenomore-for-the-white-like-me-layperson/

      • Sue says:

        I am unclear as to what my comment has to do with Idle no More or the constitution. It’s funny how people try and lay blame in cases where blame lies solely on the individual, as in the case of baby Sinclair. You want Canadians to take responsibility for that babies death? I will not, no more than I will take responsibility for the guy with the hammer beating the crap out of somebody. That reporter hit the nail on the head and anyone that disagrees will your take on it, you call them a racist. It’s silly and a non argument at that point. INM is a farce and a whole bunch of smoke and mirrors if you ask me. Kind of like the Occupy Movement, or non movement if you ask me. And it’s ok to agree to disagree, but it’s not ok to call people names!

      • Yes, Sue, I understand the connection is unclear to you. That’s part of the problem, sadly.

    • Gergith says:

      “If that makes me a racist, then so be it!” No.. What makes you racist is grouping all natives/first nations together by your clear comments grouping all First Nations under the heading of there criminals. By that mindset if you’re white sue, does Ted Kaczynski speak for you? What about Matthew Holmes? Ariel Castro? Or are CRIMINALS responsible for crime, REGARDLESS of what race they are? Do you earnestly have no ability to see the FN’s who have a positive impact on society? Given this… you ARE a racist… Not your claim to call for equality, but your lack of equality with FN’s when you paint ALL them with the same brush as the criminals within their communities.

      • Serena says:

        Gergith, you’re right. Criminals are responsible for their crimes. Regardless of what race they are.

  16. Serena says:

    So in essence Andrew, you’re saying that Phoenix’s parents are not at fault for murdering her. Because they are Native. And Native people who murder their kids, unlike white people who murder their kids, should not be at fault for their actions. You’re pro-choice Andrew right? Isn’t it a choice to murder people? Even if you are Native?

    A little scary that Liberals try to deflect blame from violence committed by Natives given that both Corrine Gustvason and Allison Parott were both killed by them.

    • Your idiocy knows no bounds. You are free to say whatever stupid things you want, and I will ‘approve’ your comments because I believe in the right to speak one’s mind – even if that mind has very little going on – but please refrain from projecting your own bizarre interpretation of my words. My words were quite direct, and I said what I meant, and said it clearly. I don’t need you to make asinine suggestions of “what it is I said.”

      Thanks for stopping by.

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