Unambiguously Racist

It’s kind of pathetic when someone who evidently has no respect for free speech, who clearly doesn’t have the slightest understanding what the demonstration involved was about, and who apparently doesn’t seem to have any of the facts of the matter straight (he must not have bothered to read the article that he linked to, it seems), nonetheless furiously storms ahead, seizing on a peaceful protest as yet another opportunity to ventilate his petty, small-minded and clearly racist attitudes towards immigrants. No wonder he’s been picked up as free stringer for the National Post.

Does “Raphael” seriously think that Canadian citizens shouldn’t have the right to publicly protest about issues around the world that are of deep concern to them; whether that be out of principle or more compellingly, because they have family and friends abroad who may be directly affected?

In this case, the protesters were pleading with the Harper government to join other countries in calling for a ceasefire to the fighting in Sri Lanka amidst concerns for the safety of 250,000 civilians (according to the Red Cross) and displaced people trapped as the military pushed for victory against the last bastion of Tamil rebels. The EU’s Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Louis Michel has called for a halt to the conflict in the wake of what he’s called an “escalating humanitarian catastrophe.”

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  1. Ti-Guy

    It embarrasses me no end to think that we created a peaceful, prosperous, diverse society only to end up with sniveling little jerks like Raphael Alexander with nothing better to do than whine about people’s reactions to problems he can’t even imagine.

  2. No kidding.

    The problem is that it isn’t a peaceful protest if it keeps me from getting home to my wife and children in a timely fashion. That, in and of itself, as an act of obstruction that is at once hostile and interfering. They have no right to keep working Canadians from getting home to enjoy a beer and a relaxing moment with family. After all, Canadians had no part in either Sri Lanka’s problems, or the terrorist Tamil Tigers.

    What an ignorant, self-centered dooshe.

  3. As I said at Canadian Cynic, when LuLu blogged about “RA” and his screed, Goddess forbid that the demonstrators believe so strongly in this question, that it is so dear to their hearts that they arranged time off from their low-paid, part-time, no-benefit jobs. The kind of work that “RA” would never do because it is beneath him.

    To which Frank Frink added: “… maybe they didn’t have to arrange time off because they probably work at their low-paid, part-time, no-benefit jobs at night. Like, say, cleaning the toilets in brokerage and investment banking offices? That sort of thing.”

  4. RA’s “real question” was specious nonsense supported by nothing more than his febrile imagination. In fact, in the article it states that many were “young people, off because of the province’s high school exam period.” Did it ever occur to RA that maybe the protesters involved don’t work 9-5, but perhaps other shifts? Or, as one commenter over there suggested, they used one of their vacation days. Regardless, it’s irrelevant.

    He’s basically accusing them all of being welfare deadbeats — something he has absolutely no evidence of at all, but appears to be based on nothing more than them being visible minority immigrants.

    That’s why I don’t have the slightest compunction about calling him a racist.

  5. Ti-Guy

    It’s not even the substance of his post (as ignorant as it is) that bothers me; it’s his conceit in thinking it all somehow revolves around him.

    And I bet the little fraud has never once been inconvenienced by a protest.

  6. And another thing…

    It’s pretty laughable of him to be bitching about people protesting events in another part of the world that he asserts don’t affect Canadians here, when he’s writing about a protest at Union Station in Toronto that has absolutely nothing to with him personally on the other side of the country thousands of miles away. It’s not like they impeded his rushing home to his precious beer (and family).

    Just applying the same “logic” to his criticism.

  7. Again, he didn’t seem to read the article before he started spouting off with his selfish prattle. Although delays were implied, it’s not clear there were any. In fact, it says: “police directed pedestrians and traffic through the area,” which would suggest it wasn’t that much of a problem for traffic or commuters. I’m sure it would have been happily reported otherwise if it massively inconvenienced people (i.e., missed trains, etc.)

  8. And then, of course, there’s the seedy underbelly of the entire story:

    The known extortion and intimidation tactics used by Tamil Tiger supporters in Canada to financially support the Tigers in Sri Lanka.

    Taking exception to Raphael’s categorization of these protesters as “welfare bums” is one thing. Obviously an event like this was planned in advance, giving these folks an opportunity to take time off work.

    That being said, there is something unsavory about the protest itself. Not to mention the expectation of one particular protester that the entire Tamil Community would back their protest.

    I dated a Tamil girl during my first year of University, and she could tell you all about how little many Canadian Tamils want to do with the Tamil Tigers.

  9. PR — I don’t know who was organizing the protest and I can’t tell whether they support the LTTE. They seem more concerned about civilians caught in the crossfire. Another one of those conflicts where there’s plenty of blame to go around I’m sure… And where innocent people in the wrong place at the wrong time end up paying the highest price.

    In any case, that’s sort of beside the point.

  10. Ti-Guy

    In any case, that’s sort of beside the point.

    Well, he’s just providing more context to the story by releasing information the other part of the ConservaBorg hive mind (the three neurons that make up the Raphael Alexander sector) neglected to process.

  11. I drove by one protest on St.Clair the other day, and another one downtown. Both were on the Tamil issue, and frankly, everyone involved was kind and peaceful and decent as they protested.

    My car went by no problem. Reality is that we have protests every other day in the city. Vegans, marxists, students, lawyers, union dudes, PETA, religious groups….you adjust. A day without a protest or road construction might send me into shock, really.

    Considering how crappy the snow removal is this year by the city, THAT has been a much bigger impediment to me getting home.

  12. I don’t know who was organizing the protest and I can’t tell whether they support the LTTE. They seem more concerned about civilians caught in the crossfire. Another one of those conflicts where there’s plenty of blame to go around I’m sure… And where innocent people in the wrong place at the wrong time end up paying the highest price.

    You couldn’t be more right about that in particular.

    But some of these protests themselves are a little bit troubling in nature. It isn’t so much the cause they’re supporting, but the presence of individuals publicly sympathizing with terrorits groups that are banned in Canada.

    It’s a bit of a nebulous situation for Canadian law. It would be wrong to deny someone freedom of speech based on the groups they sympathize with. But by the same token, we don’t know what some of these individuals — likely a very small minority — are doing the rest of the time. Someone waving a Hezbollah flag in a protest could also be doing some secret fundraising for those organizations as well.

    The point being that just because they’re supposed to be banned in Canada doesn’t mean they aren’t active here nonetheless.

    It’s a touchy subject. You could investigate a lot of these people, but in most cases you’d be wasting time investigating innocent people.

  13. “Vegans, marxists, students, lawyers, union dudes, PETA, religious groups….you adjust.”

    All left, all angry, all the time. At least there were no Nazis involved this time.

    I have no problem with people protesting as long as they are peaceful and don’t interfere with what anyone else is doing.

    I agree with Patrick “some of these protests themselves are a little bit troubling in nature.” Because “we created a peaceful, prosperous, diverse society” and our own decency can be used against us by unsavory groups.

    RA was over the top on this one. But calling this “Unambiguously Racist” is a little over the top as well.

  14. If the foo shits…

    Glad there’s no anger on the Right there, Wayne. Oy. Don’t get out much, do you?

  15. Gayle

    Speaking of racists, Hunter has a doozie up from the other day.

  16. Gayle — Was that the one about spitting, or some such thing? I can’t really can’t read that woman — she’s insufferably stupid.

  17. Gayle

    It’s called “They spit in our faces and we let them”.

    It is truly disgusting.

    Insufferably stupid is right.

  18. I did read that, or at least Cynic’s version of it.

    Evidently, despite years of “climbing”… she’s still completely in the dark.

  19. What a jackass. How can you be anything but a completely incompetent journalist while writing in one paragraph:

    “Another war in some godforsaken hole that has nothing to do with Canada.”

    and in the next paragraph:

    “The Tamil Tigers were declared a terrorist organization … by Canada in 2006.”

    Right. It has nothing to do with us … except we declared one party to be terrorists, thereby putting our seal of approval on the mass murder of civilians.

  20. Wayne:

    It was supposed to be an amusing quip. Chill!

    And the lawyers and religious are more right wing toots….I strive for balanced jokes.

  21. Greg — A cognitive dissonance malfunction. Par for the course.

  22. Although delays were implied, it’s not clear there were any.

    There was a bit of a crush on the subway, but not much more than that.

  23. Wayward son

    I don’t get it…if obviously none of the protesters had jobs because they were protesting out on the street then how could they be holding up, on those same streets, hard working people trying to get home? Obviously the people who are being “held up” have finished work, so could they not be held up by protesters who have also finished work???

    I drove through this protest twice on Young street – once at about 3:00 and a second time at about 5ish. There was clearly many more protesters at 5 than there was two hours earlier. It was a Friday – I know lots of people who get off early on Friday’s, not to mention tons of people who could have been there because they work “odd hours” such as shift workers like myself.

    The protesters didn’t inconvenience me a bit, nor did I see them delay any motor or pedestrian traffic in the slightest.

  24. Poor Raphie gets lightheaded from the thin air when he’s way up on those skyscrapers pretending he’s Howard Roark.

  25. Tomm

    RT,

    Both you and Raphael missed the real point occurring here. Since 1983 a civil war has been occurring in Sri Lanka, 70,000 now dead. Much of this war was financed by Canadian Tamils through their support for the war and extortion by their own community.

    The war is now coming to an end. After 25 years the Tamil Tigers have finally run out of money, using their own people as “in situ” hostages, and child soldiers. Perhaps even some of it thanks to Harper turning off the tap.

    And we have people protesting on the street to NOT end the war but stop the violence. In the 11th hour after 70,000 dead, the Tamil Tiger organizers are STILL using their people as political pawns so they can continue this civil war in Sri Lanka.

    That’s the story.

  26. “using their people as political pawns”

    you peanut heads always put things in those ridiculous kinds of simplified and hyperbolic terms. whenever you do that, i always assume you must be on the wrong side of an issue.

    KEvron

  27. Robert

    Raphael, Naomi and Jason bring a sense of balance to an otherwise sane society; we can’t all be humanists or we’d forget what distortion and hate speech is all about.

  28. Tomm — The situation is much more complex than the simplistic, Harper-boosting version you’ve painted, but it wasn’t really my intent to address the “real issue” as you put it, other than to just provide a slight bit of context to explain the humanitarian motivation for the protest by the Tamil community (many, if not most of which doesn’t support the rebel group in Sri Lanka) and why it was relevant to them as Canadian citizens.

  29. Tomm

    RT,

    I understood that.

    I just didn’t want the critical point to be lost. The war is ending after 25 years and 70,000 deaths.

  30. Just because the war is ending doesn’t necessarily mean things are getting better.

    http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1870440,00.html

  31. Ti-Guy

    Both you and Raphael missed the real point occurring here.

    You need to get your ADHD under control and focus. You can’t miss a point no one’s making.

  32. Tomm

    JS,

    Thanks for the link.

    That article is certainly sad and speaks to a society that appears to be on the road to increased cult of personality and stronger central control.

    But is that the defense for other nations to support the continuation of a civil war? No, its not.

    The end of the war will allow India and other nations to exert diplomatic pressures on a country to relax its grip since it no longer has a need for active fighting. As long as the Tigers are attacking the government, there is a built in excuse for military aggression and clamping down freedom and rights.

    The Tamil people is Canada, as a diaspora, will have much greater affect as peaceful and relatively affluent cousins to the Sri Lankan Tamils, when support and re-building can be done without the threats associated with violent insurgency.

  33. Tomm

    Ti-Guy:

    You said:

    “…You need to get your ADHD under control and focus. You can’t miss a point no one’s making.”

    Too much caffeine I guess. Makes me care about the world.

  34. Ti-Guy

    Makes me care about the world.

    Don’t bother. The World doesn’t need more care.

  35. Ti-Guy

    Just in case you think that’s a shot at you, it’s not. The imperative to appear to care is what’s giving us people like Raphael Alexander, who’d probably be a lot more comfortable writing a blog about making a birdfeeder in shop class than thinking he has to address issues of which he is entirely ignorant and which prey on his unresolved xenophobia.

  36. sharonapple88

    That article is certainly sad and speaks to a society that appears to be on the road to increased cult of personality and stronger central control.

    How so? It was about the death of a journalist, one who was a critic of the government.

    As for the US falling for a cult of personality — that’s what happens usually with the president, especially when they’re shiny and new. We can blame Andrew Jackson for starting this.

    But Obama is nothing in this regard when compared to Bush. Yes, people are more passionate about Obama, but there seems to be a bit more when it comes to substance when it comes to Obama. With Bush there wasn’t anything there but persona.

    What did Bush really offer to the US? He got into Yale because he was a “legacy.” He wasn’t good at managing companies — his oil company was saved because of his name. One of the companies he became associated with, Harken, was used often as a tax-write off for investors meaning that it’s . He wasn’t a policy wonk. He had little foreign affairs experience. He had a reputation in Texas from working 9 to 5 with two-hour lunch breaks.

    Bush was the guy people would like to have a beer with, and at the time this was enough to be Gore and Kerry.

    Yes, people like Obama, and it’s seems to reached this insane pitch lately, but part of it has to do with the fact that he actually seems to be working, which is novel when compared to Bush who broke the record for vacations.

  37. sharonapple88

    That article is certainly sad and speaks to a society that appears to be on the road to increased cult of personality and stronger central control.

    How so? The article is about the death of a journalist who was critical of the Sri Lankan government.

    As for the US president having a cult of personality (I’m presuming that’s what you’re refering to) … that’s what happens when they’re first elected. I remember when Clinton first got into office there was a big buzz around him (there was even a magazine that went out about “Bubba.”) We can blame Andrew Jackson for running one of the first personality based campaigns.

    Things are insane when it comes to Obama, but there’s more substance to Obama than Bush. Obama was a Harvard Law Editor, and worked as a community organizer, writer, state Senator, law professor, and federal Senator. He shows some ability in dealing with controversial subjects — as seen in his speech with regards to race.

    What did Bush offer the US? He got into Yale because he was a legacy. His oil companies were saved because of his name. He wasn’t a policy wonk and his knowledge of foreign affairs were spotty. When he was governor, he was known for working 9 to 5 and taking two-hour lunches During one fair well interview, he claimed to work 6 days a week, taking a day off for Sunday. Bush broke Regan’s record for vacations while president — 879 days which breaks down to over two years of his 8 year term. How scary is that?

    Bush was the candidate people would want to have a beer with and this was enough to beat Kerry and Gore.

  38. sharonapple88

    The imperative to appear to care is what’s giving us people like Raphael Alexander, who’d probably be a lot more comfortable writing a blog about making a birdfeeder in shop class than thinking he has to address issues of which he is entirely ignorant and which prey on his unresolved xenophobia.

    Well he sort of gives up that charade of caring and embraces the xenophobia by saying

    “The only people who really care about what’s going on in Sri Lanka on a Friday night are Sri Lankans. The demonstration is entirely one of self-interest, then, and going about inconveniencing Canadians only serves to further annoy those who might be sympathetic.

    How selfish do you have to be to get hung up at being delayed for a moment (I was in the area and the only inconveniencing I got was someone asking me if he could give me a pamphlet — all of ten second) to the point where you actually feel free to dismiss possibly atrocities and crimes?

  39. “The problem is that it isn’t a peaceful protest if it keeps me from getting home to my wife and children in a timely fashion. That, in and of itself, as an act of obstruction that is at once hostile and interfering. They have no right to keep working Canadians from getting home to enjoy a beer and a relaxing moment with family. After all, Canadians had no part in either Sri Lanka’s problems, or the terrorist Tamil Tigers.”

    * If THAT isn’t the perfect picture of the classical liberal night watchman society that the CPC drips preseminal fluid for, then I don’t know what is …

  40. Tomm

    sharonapple,

    No on both counts. I meant the “cult of personality” around the present Sri Lankan leadership.

    There is less need for a strong man (and all his family accoutrement) in power, when the resistance they are fighting against… disappears.

  41. Tomm

    Ti-Guy,

    I knew you weren’t taking a shot at me. When people “care” about others far away, it is usual that we only “care” about some perception that is horribly mistaken. All thanks to propaganda machines and media spin.

    Along that line, did you hear that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency Chief , John Ging, has admitted to misleading the world about Israeli’s bombing of a UN school in Gaza?

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090201051353AA97YS9

    Nice to know we can always trust the UN Station Chief’s to give us un-biased news during international crises.

  42. Ti-Guy

    Don’t be so credulous, Tomm.

  43. Tomm

    Ti-Guy,

    I quit buying into the UN as our perfect future government back in my teens.

    It is just a mess. Everyone it touches seems to get “touched”. That is the only explanation I have for Louise Arbour & Rwanda.

  44. sharonapple88

    No on both counts. I meant the “cult of personality” around the present Sri Lankan leadership.

    Not clear how this point connects to the death of a Sri Lankan journalist.

    Along that line, did you hear that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency Chief , John Ging, has admitted to misleading the world about Israeli’s bombing of a UN school in Gaza?

    Nice that the commentator didn’t link the article.

    Here it is.

    If you read the article Ging states that he never claimed that bombs fell in the school.

    Going through the articles at the time it’s clear that he might have a point.

    The IDF muddies the situation later by claiming militants fired from the school and that they returned fire (almost confirming that they had fired on the school).

    There were no journalists allowed in Gaza at the time and so in the end people relied on what was being said — they couldn’t verify what was being said. Almost everyone who talked had their own agenda.

    Going against Joe the Plummer…. we need more journalists not fewer ones in a situation like this.

  45. sharonapple88

    Speaking of the UN and a new world order…. Onion’s article on UN acquiring a nuclear weapon.

    “Tremble before the awesome might of this cooperative assembly of appointed representatives,” said Ban, boldly holding a stack of diplomatic resolutions in his hand. “At last, when the United Nations calls for the development of more sustainable agricultural practices, the world at large will listen.”

    Added Ban, “We will no longer be ignored.”

  46. I saw that the other week. “Tremble before the awesome might of this cooperative assembly of appointed representatives…” Priceless.

  47. sharonapple88

    The ending’s quite good too.

    “They’re bluffing,” Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said. “The United Nations is still 15 years away from a nuclear bomb. Hell, they’re 20 years away from achieving universal primary school education, and knowing them, they’ll probably focus on that first.”

  48. LOL

    Thank goodness for The Onion, TDS, etc.

    I think we’d all go mental without them.

  49. CWTF

    I think we’d all go mental without them.
    The movie was astonishingly bad… almost went mental watching it.

  50. Ti-Guy

    I quit buying into the UN as our perfect future government back in my teens.

    I never believed this in my teens and still don’t.

    It’s not that people aren’t impressed with the UN that bothers me, it’s how feeble-minded they sound when making their case, which amounts to nothing more than parroting right wing American cant.

    We already got the alternative to the UN…American unilateralism and that was worse. Several Rwandas and bankruptcy.

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