As political as I am, it may be hard to believe I do not follow political party Facebook pages. For good reason, I tire of the echo chamber. Yesterday however, I did open the photo stream on the Wildrose photo stream to see what all the commotion was about. Danielle Smith was celebrating the cultural diversity in our province by attending the
It's hard to believe in 2013, with a country as culturally diverse as Canada that racism and bigotry still exist. How do we fix the issue? I don't have the answer, but certainly we should call them out and expose them for who they are. In my opinion this is where the boat was missed with all the outrage. I was appalled and disgusted when a Cabinet Minister who I have long respected put out this release.
Racism is disgusting and offensive, trying to posture and making political hay out of it... just as much so. Instead of standing up to the racist commenter's and supporting Smith and her celebration of cultural diversity, he immediately attacked her and the party. Calling her "supporters" bigots and racists. Look at the comments: “If you emulate the Muslim faith, I will NEVER vote for you.” One person told Smith, “You embarrass yourself and us as well." Yeah great "supporters, saying they will not be voting for you. Food for thought Minister, if they are not going to support her party...which party do you think they are moving to?
Media gets many leads from twitter which is where this story broke. They were also quick to grab headlines. I wonder if a more effective way to combat this disgusting behavior would be to contact the people making the comments and call them out on it. I would be interested to see how true they are to their values once thrown into the public spotlight for their disgusting comments.
So it seems to me the biggest failure politically was not having a good moderation of their Facebook page over the long weekend. In the form of Colbert...Minister you get the "Wag of my Finger" for politicizing such an important issue and driving wedges instead of building diversity, and Ms. Smith you get a tip of the hat for celebrating the many great cultures that define our province.
To the racist and bigoted commenter's, you get shame and your name with comments forever for all to see on the Internet. Congratulations on your ignorance.