Background to ‘27 Questions re White Privilege in Caledonia’
This article attempts to provide an answer to the bewildering question of why so many of Ontario’s politicians; intellectual elites; social activists; journalists; and advocacy groups (such as the Canadian Civil Liberties Association) turned a blind eye to the suffering of non-Native victims in Caledonia.
I believe the answer lies, at least in part, in a repugnant, racially-based doctrine known within academic circles as ‘White Privilege’ which holds that people with white skin – because of their ‘power and privilege’ in society – can never be victims of racism, and that only people with white skin can be racists.
A draft of this article was originally written for release back in July 2009 as part of my interaction with a reader named Christine who put forward the White Privilege argument in response to my argument for compassion on behalf of the Caledonia’s victims. You can read our inital interaction in the comments section of the following post:
- VoC, June 24/09: CUPE 3903 protests in support of organized crime
This is not the first time we have run up against White Privilege doctrine. An Ontario government lawyer once told Gary McHale, according to the training he had received on the subject, white people can NEVER be the victim of a hate crime. As you will later read, another Ontario lawyer, a law professor – author of a paper called ‘The Charter of Whiteness’ – refused to even consider receiving our extensive evidence of OPP racial policing for use in a project he was involved in related to racial profiling in police forces.
I believe that White Privilege doctrine may well lie at the bizarre determination by Liberal politicians in Ontario to pursue Race-Based Policing at any cost – even after testimony by senior officers at the Brown-Chatwell trial that police officers were, indeed, ordered not to protect the people of Caledonia, and even if it means standing by an OPP Commissioner who is now criminally charged for his conduct.
Certainly there are political implications of suddenly admitting ‘it was all a big mistake’ but the government’s irrational determination to carry on with their disastrous course of action that has terrorized thousands of innocent victims belies something much deeper than the mere ‘policy implications’ cited by government lawyer David Feliciant in defending the government’s conduct during the Brown-Chatwell trial.
Race-Based Policing and the shocking attendant cost of making non-natives expendable to the agenda of native militancy is not, to them, like an E-Health scandal where resignations can be demanded. No, to this particular group of liberals Race-Based Policing goes straight to the very essence of their identity politics philosophy, the underlying ‘justification’ or ideology for which is ‘White Privilege’ doctrine – an ignominous ideology which is tearing apart the most valuable of all Canadian assets: our precious Rule of Law.
– to be continued –
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