What a fun few weeks to be a Canadian, seriously with all that we can be standing up for or against, some of “you people” decided to worry about whether an old school hockey bro should’ve been fired from his job for spewing divisive rhetoric. An individual was actually arrested for vandalizing a cenotaph in retaliation of his firing**. The same ideas Cherry was so adamant he was protecting. Weird. But hey, it was never really about poppies
It was directed at our neighbours, co-workers spouses or parents, the ones who were not born here but relocated for many reasons and live here and make this country their home. The ones the anti-immigrant dialogue was focused on, where did that conversation go? We need to be standing up for them, beside them embracing them.
What it comes down to, in my very humble opinion is that someone with a very visible platform, someone who influences, and shapes and guides others has a responsibility. Has a responsibility to be factual, has a responsibility to choose language and words wisely. Divisive rhetoric spewed by influential individuals will have repercussions. It makes hateful people brave.
Caring is cool. Lending your platform to others is cool ~ Megan Rapinoe
So I may not reach the millions of people that professional athletes do, run for civic office or be a famous movie star but if I can influence one person to change the conversation I will be satisfied. We need to change the conversation away from “Cancel Culture” to opening our ears, and standing with our neighbours, who on a daily basis struggle to feel whole.
Shift the focus and do something positive go support their business, bake them cookies paint some rocks, vote, stand up by using your talents, time and privileges to lift them higher. Forget the bullies! Next time you want to show your support to our veterans, go visit them! Donate to your local Legion, sign petition forms that get Veterans the resources they need after serving! Advocate for mental health initiatives for soldiers with PTSD. BUT FOR HEAVEN SAKES KEEP THE FOCUS WHERE IT DESERVES TO BE!
The other week, my sisters and I got together and started a project, a very wee project to bring awareness to the plight of the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls. It’s small, but if it can touch one person. Small gestures matter.
I always have high hopes for Monday’s, and today is no different. We are going into Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, and I think a good start is to look at the adults around us. We are the ones who influence the children. It’s a learned habit.
I stand with my neighbours, for their right to feel safe and secure and to feel like they belong in Canada.
So how are we going to move forward?! How are we going to fight the good fight? Please share your thoughts below! Until next rant xo Katie