A Brief History of Counteracting Hate in BC
Prime Minister Stephen Harper defended his government’s stand by quoting moderate Muslim organizations that supportthe government’s position on the niqab. He used inflammatory language to illustrate his point, John Ivison writes.
Adam Smith once said the real and effective discipline exercised over a workman is that of his customers — it’s fear of losing their custom that “restrains his frauds and corrects his negligence.”
It has been a distressing spectacle all round. It isn’t that our politicians have not been “debating” the “issues.” By now we have a fair idea of where they all stand on the threat of terrorism and how a free and democratic society should respond to it. Nor can anyone complain that the question of how to reconcile religious obligations and individual rights, diversity and unity, has not received a thorough airing. I would even go so far as to say there have been valid points made on all sides.
Two men who were in a video of Sigma Alpha Epsilon members singing a racist chant have apologized for their actions, with one of the now-former fraternity brothers saying he had learned "a devastating lesson."
The University of Oklahoma expelled two leaders of the chant Tuesday, without naming them publicly. The singing happened "as members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon rode in buses to a party at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club to celebrate the fraternity's founding," according to The Oklahoman.
The racial mess in the United States looks pretty grim and is painful to watch. We can be forgiven for being quietly thankful for Canada’s more inclusive society, which has avoided dramas like that in Ferguson, Mo. We are not the only ones to think this. In the recently released Social Progress Index, Canada is ranked second amongst all nations for its tolerance and inclusion.
Unfortunately, the truth is we have a far worse race problem than the United States. We just can’t see it very easily.