Despite any good intention, Bambi would like to kindly ask you Mr. Trudeau to please stop calling her a “racialized” Canadian deer, as per the article below and several others, citing you or your honourable ministers.
Bambi is a Canadian deer. Period.
Just like all the other Canadian deer.
Please do not put her so-called “race” (she prefers the term “ethnolinguistic background) into what looks like a tribal category.
Without wanting to, this seems like a recipe for dividing Canadians, not for uniting them.
For Bambi, this seems not only unwise but also insulting.
Please, rise above all this.
Please unite us together, today more than ever.
Without wanting it to for sure, your anti-racism language/efforts may sadly backfire on us all, as they may act as seeds for communitarism.
Bambi and all her community of deer are Canadians.
We are proud Canadians.
We do not want to be treated with neither pity nor holiness.
We want to be treated equally to ALL Canadians.
We are neither better nor worse than our fellow Canadian citizens.
As immigrants, we want our kids (and/or young relatives) to have a sense of belongingness to their adoptive country or to the country that has adopted their parents.
We want them/us to have a sense of responsibility toward our society and country, in addition to our Canadian laws to protect our rights.
Thank you, Mr. Trudeau.