Thursday, April 17, 2014
Stranger in a Strange Land
Canadian fed up
with disparaging race remarks
Submitted by JF Campbell, Mission, BC/Web photo
s it xenophobia or just sheer ignorance and rudeness? For the fourth
time in a year I have, as an immigrant Scotsman to the Fraser Valley,
experienced nasty, disparaging and downright rude remarks from white, middle
class British Columbians.
What kind of sheer ignorance do the people of the Lower Mainland
perpetuate to feel that such behaviour is acceptable, warranted or
justified? What kind of outlandish nonsense
does this community hold as true of the Scottish nation, its culture,
heritage and most important to their own Canadian history, its legacy?
From accusations of being somehow ethnically violent as a race, sideways
glances, inappropriate parodies of speech, accent and "Groundskeeper Willie"
whisky drinking stereotyping, I have never in my 45 years on this good green
earth met such a bunch of ignorant and downright rude morons.
I came to this province believing it to be a sane, westernized, democratic,
diplomatic capitalist community. I expected its people to have been educated
in the philosophies of these highly-held pillars of our western society and
at least to some small degree be appreciative of the considerable
contribution the Scottish nation has made to them... and to the foundation
of their great state.
Instead, I am find myself among socially graceless knuckle-draggers who
think the world was forged this way and the Scottish nation just happened to
be where your red-headed, incoherent, drunkard of a great-great oat-eating
grandfather was born.
No wonder China is kicking the west's backside economically, the American
continent seems to have forgotten everything the Scots taught them!
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