Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Conservative Lee Richardson, Just Might Be A Redneck

image Well, Saskatchewan's Premier Brad Wall might be inviting immigrants to move west, but Lee Richardson of Calgary would like them to stay away from his pure law abiding province. 

According to the CBC, In response to a question about recent shootings in the city, Calgary Centre Conservative Lee Richardson told an FFWD reporter that Canada has been too soft on crime.

"Particularly in big cities, we’ve got people that have grown up in a different culture," he said. "And they don’t have the same background in terms of the stable communities we had 20, 30 years ago in our cities … and don’t have the same respect for authority or people’s person or property."

He later added: "Talk to the police. Look at who's committing these crimes. They’re not the kid that grew up next door.”

Hmmm let me see if I can dissect this into plain speak.   You people of colour are supposed to stay in your own countries where we can exploit you from afar.  If for some reason you manage to immigrate and become the grain of pepper in our national salt shaker, to be a good Canadian you must stay in specific regional zones that have been declared suited for your type of bodies. 

If you find that you cannot survive on the measly minimum wage jobs that we will provide you with to pay for subsistence, the solution is that you should fill up with water, and not commit any property crime ever.  Real Canadians have worked hard to accumulate their cheaply made products. You are meant to be a spectator in our social commodification, and only participate to the degree that your labour can be exploited, or by purchasing whatever cheap knock offs that you can.

Most importantly, and this is really key, no matter how long you live here, or how many dollars you pay in tax, you will never be considered a real Canadian.   Canada equals white, and since no bleaching cream can effectively erase the taint of your dark skin, remember to hyphenate your status; we'll just tell the world it's our quirky Cannuck way of celebrating multiculturalism.  Make sure to pick the applicable term, but  don't worry if you mess up, when you get intoimage trouble, the media will be more than happy to remind you that you are Jamaican born (just ask Ben Johnson). Some people just don't have the same luck as a pot head from British Columbia.

Finally when you do get caught breaking the law, which we all know is inevitable, because real Canadians don't commit crimes, we do not want to hear about the racism in the judicial system, or the ways in which racism and class exploitation has led you to make the decisions that you made.  For white Canadians to be understood as good and pure, they must remain blameless despite the fact that they created the system to benefit themselves. 

Well that about covers his commentary.  It makes a great manual for new Canadians doesn't it? Don't you love being part of the great big salad bowl? Instead of spending so much time pointing fingers at the melting pot and commenting about the racism that those wild yanks are perpetrating, we really should just get honest and admit our majestic loons shit stinks the same as the Eagle; we just take the time to spray air freshener  afterwards.


daria369 said...

Typical, isn't it?

uppitybrownwoman said...

Wow, he didn't even bother to coat his racism and xenophobia.

Totally agreed on your point about being a real Canadian. A few months ago, someone told me "this is my city - you just live here" as if I'm supposed to take it as a joke.

GallingGalla said...

Yeah, whenever one of these "horrible! crime! wave!" statements is made, no-one stops to think of the crimes that the wealthy commit that keep millions of people in poverty.

When do people like Jeffrey Skilling and the other principals of Enron get tagged as the cause of a horrible crime wave, and get imprisoned for life for the lives they ruined.

Oops, can't do that, they're white and wealthy...

Anonymous said...

Since there are no PoC in my neighborhood, I guess our crime rate here is 0%. If you ignore my neighbor who killed all those cats, my landlord with the 3+ grow-ops, my other neighbor with the meth lab, the vandals, the drug addicts, and my other other neighbor who kept inviting me to his house for drinks when I was barely pubescent, that guy who broke into our shed, and those shifty dudes across the street (they're up to something, dunno what yet). None of those count, though, cause we're all white. Brad Wall should come move here where life is still pure and innocent. I think my landlord has a vacant townhouse apartment -- IIRC, it's the one without a kitchen sink.

Anonymous said...

People who try to stifle debate and cry 'racist' at the slightest hint of criticism are the real enemies of liberal democracy.

The only question is whether the facts back Richardson up. Why can't people have an honest discussion?

Renee said...

@Anon..cry racist? Yeah you stink of white privilege

Anonymous said...

"@Anon..cry racist? Yeah you stink of white privilege"

Actually I'm polynesian so I don't think that applies to me and leave the ad hominem attacks out of it thanks.

Anonymous said...

"@Anon..cry racist?"

Another point is that every group has a tendency to in-group/out-group biases. It's not just a white phenomenon.

Renee said...

Okay then you stink of internalized racism anon, take your pick.
Canadian to this man means white and that is problematic. He further does not address the systemic racism and equality that leads to certain behaviors. Whiteness does not equal good, right and pure unless you are a racist.

Anonymous said...

"Canadian to this man means white and that is problematic. He further does not address the systemic racism and equality that leads to certain behaviors. Whiteness does not equal good, right and pure unless you are a racist."

The thing is that East Asian migrants to the US actually have lower crime rates and higher levels of academic achievement than whites. This is despite discrimination. The same applies in NZ, where Chinese students on average do better academically and also have lower crime rates. However, they do face discrimination.

So I think it has to do with factors other than discrimination. You could look at things like 'gangsta' culture which glorifies violence & misogynistic attitudes. African American academic Thomas Sowell writes about this.