Again, the CBC, in its section called “Being black in Canada”, seems to be pushing for a certain political agenda in our country and now province. You can read and hear videos here:
The three folks being interviewed will also be featured in two follow-up articles. They are as follows: Mr. Matthew Martin (President of BLM, Saint John & musician), Mr. Neil Clements (lawyer), and Dr. Timothy Christie, Philosophy, Medical Ethics and Epidemiology.
The same article calls to defund the police whilst also arguing (as per Dr. Christie’s words, it seems) that “making racism a crime would better protect Black people by allowing them to report racism to the police, who would then be able to investigate, collect evidence, subpoena witnesses and see that charges are laid.”
First, do you see the contradiction like Bambi?
Are these just talking points or do these men realize what they are saying?
Second, are they, perhaps along with the CBC, serious in asking for the criminalization of racism? And what about false accusations of racism? Concretely speaking, this means that Bambi’s censorship saga is not only an attempt to silence her, but eventually, it can also make her go to jail ?. Does Dr. Christie and the CBC reporter realize the pandora’s box of abuses that can happen when anyone in our world can be called racist for having a different opinion… yes, including deer.
If you happen not to see the contradiction and the potential slippery slope of such demand, perhaps like Bambi, you can just find it hard to understand the mission of BLM (in the About section of its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/249620259466028/). It reads as follows:
“The platform upon which black communities across Saint John and New Brunswick can actively dismantle all forms of anti-black racism, liberate blackness, recognize black excellence, support black healing, affirm black existence, to create freedom to love and self- determine and to help offer education to those who seek it”.
Bambi read this mission several times and she struggles to understand it. She even thought at one point of offering editing services. For instance, what does “liberate blackness” mean? What is “blackness”, by the way? And why does it need to be liberated? And how to do we “create freedom to love and self-determine”?
In Bambi’s dictionary of tolerance, we surely do not create freedom by revoking the freedom of, or by contributing to censoring, those who think differently; perhaps even those who may agree with the demand for justice, but not with the means to achieve it…