By Letter to the Editor on February 14, 2018.
The not-guilty verdict in the murder trial in the killing of Colten Boushie is a disgusting and conspicuous manifestation of extreme racism and white supremacist devilry at its ugliest. It cannot and must not stand.
Not only is this verdict an affront to every Indigenous person in the country, it is an affront to every person of conscience, Indigenous or otherwise, and I am becoming increasingly convinced that conscience is a faculty undeveloped or atrophied in the majority of those who identify themselves as “white.” I have come to loathe the use of the word “white” as a racial description and loathe it with intensity.
White is the colour of the snow today. Light is white. White is all colours of the spectrum combined. There is not, has never been, and never will be a “white race.” Those who advocate white supremacy or claim to fight for white nationalism, or white racial purity are diseased, deluded and dangerous, and they are being emboldened and lured out of their filthy crawlspaces by the emergence of a hideous “white” nationalist government south of the border, to wage war on diversity and decency. My ancestors may be a mix of Scottish, Irish, English and a hodgepodge of other nationalities and ethnicities, but first and foremost I’m Canadian and today I am enraged, depressed and ashamed.
To not be outraged and ashamed, to not take a stand against this hateful, racist mockery of justice is unconscionable. Those who are not familiar with the case need to familiarize themselves with it. This could have been my own son or grandson, daughter or granddaughter at one time or another. It might have been your son or grandson or daughter or granddaughter. Anyone who does not take a stand against this verdict lacks conscience, sense of shame or decency, plain and simple.
You can also write to your local newspaper, MLA, MP, prime minister, minister of Justice, and the premier of Saskatchewan. Mass letter-writing campaigns are more effective than social media petitions, though every signature helps. Just speak out. Make a noise. Demand justice for the family of Colten Boushie.
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