Tuesday, February 8, 2011

If it was a White Woman on the West Side, ...

If it was a White Woman on the West Side, ...: "

See video

Mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers gathered outside the Court House on Thursday February 3rd, demanding the continued incarceration of an alleged multiple sex offender named Martin Tremblay, who has a history of targeting their loved ones, the majority of whom have been Aboriginal women.

It is shocking that the justice system refuses to be colour (class, gender, sexuality, etc) blind well into the 21st century and as someone put it ever so eloquently "I can't believe we're still protesting this crap," but here it is for your viewing pleasure.

One might ask why it is that the Aboriginal people in this land get trampled upon more than any other group, and one answer that comes to mind is that the dominant Anglo-French mindset is incapable of cherishing the feminine side of life (which is not exactly the same thing as the female side); that the non-assertive and the non-aggressive is not deemed worthy of attention; that if you want your rights respected, you need to scream and break something.

The patriarchal mindset has an uncanny way of continuing to exist despite a multitude of declarations and proclamations, as heart-felt as those might be. It is not enough to SAY that one is in solidarity with the Aboriginal people: one needs to reach in there and comprehend the full depth of their philosophy (or at least as much of it as is possible). The feminine should not have to demand its rights: it is the masculine's responsibility to yield to the feminine, not as an act of altruism, but for the simple reason that the feminine carries more wisdom with it and is therefore deserving of respect and deference.

Then again, maybe this is too radical a proposition for this time and this place.


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