Linda Parsons
Linda Parsons

We need mored education on racism. Racism is unacceptable. Thank you for this petition.

William Oosterman
William Oosterman
  • Linda Parsons

Education obviously does not work. Only God through our Lord Jesus Christ can give people a new heart.

Freeman Z
Freeman Z
  • Linda Parsons

Only Allah, through the word of the Prophet Elijah Mohammed (peace be upon him,) can give people a new heart.

Jonathon Bost
Jonathon Bost
  • Linda Parsons

>-|-0 <- this is a drawing of Mohammed

William Oosterman
William Oosterman
  • Linda Parsons

That why Islam and Muslims have been killing, bombing, slaughtering, beheading people just for not being Muslim, that why 3000 died on 9/11? These are all true Muslims following the Koran! Jesus taught us to LOVE our enemies and do good to those who treat us terribly - which is why 6000 muslims per day leave your false god for the one true God Jesus Christ our Lord.

Naomi Fraser
Naomi Fraser
  • Linda Parsons

Where was your God and Jesus when spirtual leaders of all the different Christian faith were raping, starving, beating Native children?

Ananda Bhava
Ananda Bhava

Having grown up in a racist environment & family I can attest to the poison and limiting qualities of these attitudes. Racism, sexism, agism, any of it is an expression of insecurity, ignorance, arrogance and a host of other unworthy states of spiritual disease.

Julie Ortiz
Julie Ortiz

I've been told, "It's 2012, racism is rare and almost nonexistent",
I'm stunned & confused, did I really just hear this comment and are they serious!?? Although we all live in the same world as neighbors & friends it amazes me how desensitized our world has become to racism, prejudice, discrimination & injustice. I've experienced it in my daily life, all my life. It is so important to educate and reeducate its not limited to civil rights, it our human rights.

Mike Ormsby
Mike Ormsby

what is troubling me this morning is the backlash online against First Nations because of Idle No More….or Chief Spence’s fast….or the recent meeting of the Chiefs and PM Harper & Governor General….or even the court decision that 200,000 Métis and 400,000 non-status Indi…ans in Canada are indeed “Indians” under the 1867 Constitution Act….has been pretty vile at times.

CBC Toronto’s Metro Morning host Matt Galloway spoke out about the problem on his radio show. “Legitimate and informed...

what is troubling me this morning is the backlash online against First Nations because of Idle No More….or Chief Spence’s fast….or the recent meeting of the Chiefs and PM Harper & Governor General….or even the court decision that 200,000 Métis and 400,000 non-status Indi…ans in Canada are indeed “Indians” under the 1867 Constitution Act….has been pretty vile at times.

CBC Toronto’s Metro Morning host Matt Galloway spoke out about the problem on his radio show. “Legitimate and informed criticism is important,” he said. “Racism is something completely different. For people trying to understand what Idle No More is from a non-aboriginal perspective, those comments muddy the discussion. For First Nations people, it can be much more damaging than that.” (NOTE: This is a direct quote from Canadian Anti-Idle No More Racism Grows Online by Heather Mallick.)

Racist comments such as “lazy Indians who just drink and take drugs….can’t hold a job….don’t work….get free hand-outs….free education….free housing….everything free….why don’t just learn to fit in” are not positive for anyone. Some of these comments are noted in this Toronto Star article, Canadian Anti-Idle No More Racism Grows Online by Heather Mallick (http://m.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1314100--mallick-canadian-anti-idle-no-more-racism-grows-online):

'Until websites force readers to use their real name, with address, as newspaper letters pages do, we’re always going to get racist muck on our boots.

But here’s an email that’s much more troubling: A white nurse I’ll call Margaret (she provided her name, email and phone number) wrote to me about Indians she knew in Calgary.

“Out west one sees First Nations daily. They are not hidden away like in Ontario. I have been in some of the homes (on the reserve) and in my experience there was no excuse for the squalor. Not when they had a TV that probably at the time cost a few thousand dollars. But the windows were broken, the sinks were out of order, etc.”.

This woman doesn’t know she sounds like a 1950s white lady complaining about shiftless negroes. She doesn’t know how sententious and smug she sounds about the pain of others. Her drains run free and clear.

“I took care of quite a few First Nations for various things,” she wrote. “They were funny, smart, maddening, exasperating. The majority of them could not seem to harness that positive energy to do something constructive.”.

This is a competent assessment of a Grade 2 class. As a race descriptor, it’s scarcely better than “pickaninnies.”.

And here comes a real beauty: “You have to learn and move on. I have a great deal of admiration for other minority groups that have done just that. The Jews, the Roma faced some of the worst kinds of treatment just for the fact of being born to a certain ethnic group. After WWII they picked themselves up and moved forward. History is full of role models of people that made lemonade out of the lemons in their life.”.

That last phrase especially hums, and not just for its inaccuracy. It resembles the 2010 advice of Sharron Angle, the failed Nevada Senate candidate, to children raped and made pregnant by their fathers. She said abortion would be wrong, and the trick was to make “a lemon situation into lemonade.”.

What’s with the lemon metaphors? Strange fruit indeed. They’re part of a humblebrag, a disguised boast, an effort to discount the pain of others while subtly pumping one’s own comparative virtue.

Watch out for humblebraggers trying to lure you into companionable anonymous cowardly racism. Don’t fall into their hateful trap.' (from Canadian Anti-Idle No More Racism Grows Online by Heather Mallick).

There are also racist comments being made by some who identify as First Nations….equally troubling….and none that should be tolerated. Lashing out (or even back) gets nobody anywhere. To feed into the negative words of a few uneducated or just nasty people gets nowhere….negativity breeds negativity….whatever the side of the fence you are on. Maybe by creating something positive we can… take fences down. So we find a better way of understanding each other.

Racism against anyone should never be tolerated…..and First Nations are very aware of that fact….Native people sometimes wear what is called a Unity button….a button with the four colours of red, white, black and yellow on it….these colours represent the four sacred colours of the Medicine Wheel….the four races of man….and these colours all meet in the middle….so we need to learn to meet in the middle too.

Rather than carrying on a ‘war of words’….a ‘war’ where nobody really wins….since many who post what they do just to a reaction….to stir up the pot….even to hurt others with vicious comments often based on ridiculous stereotypes…. it would be better to have a dialogue….a real discussion….in an open intelligent means….since some of the comments made are done by uninformed or unaware… persons….who may not even know what they are saying is racist….or hateful….often just something they read online without really knowing the facts behind what they’re saying….not to suggest that this is any more acceptable because of such ignorance….but if we had some way to actually raise the level of some of comments made online….or even by some in radio call-in shows….or by a few even on supposed TV news stations….maybe we could actually find some common ground….understand the real issues being brought forward….actually meet in the middle as do the four sacred colours on the Medicine Wheel….or on the Unity button. Maybe instead of angry words….negative thought….we can find a way to build a better Canada for all Canadians….a better world for all.

Grandfather, Look at our brokenness. We know that in all creation only the human family has strayed from the sacred way. We know that we are the ones who are divided and we are the one who must come back together to walk in the sacred way. Grandfather, Sacred One, Teach us love, compassion and honor that we may heal the Earth and each other. – Art Solomon, Anishinaabe Elder.

Brenda Duckworth
Brenda Duckworth

We were all created and if we were all the same, we would be? SEE! Thank you Lord for making each of different. HOORAY.

Greg Ireland
Greg Ireland

Against all forms of racism!!

Larry Carriere
Larry Carriere

Here in the Americas, except for the remainiing members of the aborigal Indigenous Peoples of the First Nations, we are all newcomers, wandering pilgrims, recent visitors and strangers to the land which is our home. In justice and fairness, we who now outnumber them after centuries of domination and abuse, must be reconciled and work to end all racism and hate speech against others, particularly the First Nations Peoples.

Steve Cowley
Steve Cowley

There is a dude name on the page Jack Plant who seems to be the "voice"...either he's a blazer or he's the former leader of the Freedom Party of Ontario...practicing his weird sort of pseudo free-speech. Most likely online gamesplayers showing off for each other. I see them congratulate each other in my games sites...pathetic. I reported that page right off.

Mary Summers
Mary Summers

Let's do it!

Raymond Bilodeau
Raymond Bilodeau

TOUTE FORME DE RACISME EST CONDAMNABLE!

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