0329 - Our most recent social focus has been on racism directed at Asian people after the senseless killings in Georgia in the U.S. It has raised the consciousness especially in British Columbia where there were public demonstrations
over the weekend.
What causes the hatred toward any one in our society? Why do “some” people act the way they do? It deserves serious thought. We have no record of any serious conflict with our local Asian population.
What then makes them the target of hate? We’ve seen news clips of Asians in Vancouver being assaulted for no reason other than they are Asians.
A look at world politics might shed some light. Wherever you look in the media
these days it’s confrontation with China by many countries, particularly Canada and the U.S. If it’s not trade then it is territorial, but mainly political.
We’re all familiar with the accusations of British Columbia
real estate manipulation by “Chinese” investors. We’re hearing daily about two Canadians being wrongfully held in prison in China. We see almost-daily the ongoing saga of the Chinese business woman in Vancouver on extradition proceedings
at the behest of the United States.
The larger-scale politics forms the view of the uninformed. When we hear it from the top it's easier to fathom how this comes about. Not everyone reacts the same way, but hearing confrontations
often enough and long enough fires up some people who react to that.
Here in B.C. we have many, many Asians who are multi-generation Canadians, born here and being nothing but model Canadians. So as a society, are we really racist
at heart or is it the outside influences? We have to stop demonizing people – all people.
As a society we used to pride ourselves in the drive for equality, where nobody stood out, where everyone was supposedly the same. Then
came the woke diversity mantra which focussed on individuals, creating division among groups of people.
It's the same with other groups and cultures. When someone is put into the spotlight by officialdom, resentment can set in. It
inflames the situation, no matter which target group may be getting what is perceived to be special privilege while being accused of white privilege.