© CHUCK DUBOFF
Those words could have been spoken during the second world war when Jews were fleeing Nazi Germany and trying to find a place that would accept them Both Canada and the US refused to accept the Jewish people, many of whom ended up dying at the hands of the Nazis. Why, because they were Jewish. Had I been born a few years earlier, had my grandparents not moved from Russia to Canada, I may have been one of the 6 million Jews who were slaughtered.
Last evening around 8:00 PM I received a vile, disgusting e-mail, directed at Muslims and immigrants. I was physically ill reading the ugly hurtful language in this e-mail. Just south of the border yesterday, Herr Trump was in North Dakota espousing his vile, White Supremacist rhetoric…I would suggest that he has given permission to the Neanderthals, the closet Nazis, the KKK, the racists of all shapes and sizes, to spew their beliefs.
Say what you want about those American Nazis and KKK’s, they no longer hide under hoods or in sheds…I despise everything about them, but at least they show their faces.
The person who had the audacity to send that e-mail to me, targeting immigrants and specifically Muslims, doesn’t have the courage, the “balls” to attach her name to it and make it a public statement…
I have this forum which I use to stand up for all people; we are all human beings, no one better than anybody else. In 2006 I was given the Manitoba Human Rights Award for challenging injustices and for protecting human rights. I wasn’t given this award for one year, but rather for a life time; I will continue to stand up and fight the ugliness of Racism. I have no shame in putting my name to anything which I believe in…the person who sent that vial e-mail will continue to live under a rock and not have the guts to publicly state her views. Cowardice, thy name is Racism.
My nephew, who is also Jewish, got married to a wonderful Muslim lady two summers ago; we had the good fortune to spend the whole weekend with her extended Muslim family…and what a wonderful weekend it was. Everybody got along beautifully; there were hugs and laughter and dancing and friendships built…this is the Canada I know, where a brilliant young Jewish man embraces an equally brilliant Muslim lady and they show how two cultures can coexist, right here in Canada.
I have had my life threatened while standing up for human rights; “Hitler knew what he was doing, we’ll kill you too.” I have been mocked for daring to challenge bigotry and have been looked down upon for being Jewish and have had stereo types attached to me. But, as a Jew, as a Canadian as a human being, I will continue to fight for the rights of ALL PEOPLE, not just those who conveniently “look Canadian”.
Herr Trump has unleashed a Cultural War which is now spilling over into Canada; you can sit idly by and allow this venom to infect our great country or you too can challenge any racist garbage which you hear or see. It’s up to you now.
To the person who sent me this e-mail: look in the mirror and you will see where the real problem is!! I would suggest you read this blog which I wrote a week ago…it will sound familiar to you and your racist brethren:
ANYBODY WHO WOULD LIKE TO WRITE A BLOG ON THIS TOPIC…SEND ME A NOTE AND I WILL POST YOUR BLOG…ONLY ONE CONDITION, YOU MUST SIGN YOUR NAME TO ANYTHING YOU WRITE. I WILL NOT EDIT OR REJECT ANY OPINIONS WHICH I DISAGREE WITH.