You can find her original comment in OPP Brass, native thugs ensure violence in Caledonia.
CraZee December 8, 2007 at 8:45 am
Mark I went and read the post you referenced as your reply [Provoking violence in Caledonia]. I still do not agree…but I can RESPECTFULLY disagree after LISTENING.
Problem is many cannot……shouting at and over each other is all that happens in these confrontations….it gets us nowhere, it adds to bad blood and it has now caused injuries and criminal charges.
The Laws of the Universe…basically if you put out negative you will get it back. If you do not listen no one will listen to you.
And again……what do the children think as they see “adults” behaving in this manner? What are the children learning? Will they grow up hating their neighbors while not even knowing why? We owe them more respect than that………
“If you do not listen no one will listen to you”
Many months ago I had an exchange on VoC with one of the DCE occupiers by the name of Karone:rorakwe (“She:kon Mark” – Karone:rorakwe shares thoughts from DCE with VoC). He told me how a Residential School destroyed his life. We talked about Jan 20th when a group of DCE occupiers stood and hurled filthy insults at us for half an hour trying to provoke a reaction as we stood silently holding our flags. He told me how ashamed he was that the children had to hear what his people were screaming at us. I’d like to think we both learned a little from one another.
Karone:rorakwe left me with a reminder from our ‘discussion’ that I put into the right side margin of VoC:
“She:kon Mark. You are a very committed man. I hope your “new” education serves you well. You have much to say but harken to an old Native expression if you will; “be silent before your tongue makes you deaf.”
Karone:rorakwe, March 04/07
Like some who write in to criticize me, we did not get started off on a positive note, but I sensed something in his message, so I asked if he would read some of my other posts and then come back and tell me if he still thought I was disrespecting native people. Karone:rorakwe honoured me greatly by investing several hours into reading my words. When we parted, he imparted the wise words above.
I have tried to follow his advice as best I can. I am not perfect, and I try to get better and bolder in trying to listen and reach out when I can. Sometimes my hand is slapped away, sometimes not. Still, no matter how many times I get slapped, nothing shakes my belief that one day a ‘peacemaker’ will appear from Six Nations to say enough. Enough lies. Enough violence. Enough crime. Enough hate. Enough intimidation. Enough.
In the meantime, CraZee’s idea that we can at least listen to one another sounds pretty good to me.
I appreciate CraZee taking time to read some VoC stuff and give me some hope that reasonable discussion is still possible. Thanks for that. You should consider changing your handle to ‘BreathofFreshAir.’
VoiceofCanada, Dec 03/07: OPP Brass, native thugs ensure violence in Caledonia
VoiceofCanada, Sept 12/07: Provoking violence in Caledonia
VoiceofCanada, Dec 20/07: Lessons not learned from Martin Luther King, Jr.
VoiceofCanada, Mar 04/07: “She:kon Mark” – Karone:rorakwe shares thoughts from DCE with VoC
VoiceofCanada feature: CALEDONIA VIOLENCE