Our children must be raised to understand the world is more than just a white-centered, settler-positive, Judeo-Christian place. Our schools play a crucial role in that education.
As I (and so many parents) wrestle with Alberta’s school re-entry plan, I acknowledge that there will be an element of risk and no plan will be perfect. However, recklessness at the expense of the health and safety of our children, teachers, and support staff is completely unacceptable. There are a number of questions we should all be asking (repeatedly if need be) until we get clear answers.
The injustice of the events over the past few months (and the shift I’ve seen in the world these past several years) is a constant source of frustration. As a straight, white man with privilege I’ll never fully understand, my responsibility is to spend that privilege to bring about changes that overcome injustice and inequity.
I’m not ok with an ineffective program that harms the perception of men of colour, endorses a private company putting bounties on Canadians, and moves us towards American-style policing.
This isn’t Edmonton. It isn’t Canada. And I’m speaking up against it.
Society is in a challenging time of disruption – akin to the transition between the agrarian period and the industrial economy, but at a much faster pace and on a larger scale. Suddenly, people who were good at or sustained by the industries of the day are being displaced by those who are part of industries on the “next curve.” Naturally, they’re angry (and afraid) and will support anyone who promises a return to the “good old days.”
“This idea that we’re going to bring back the 1950s…because that’s when men were men and women knew their place – that shit is not coming back.” – Josh Brown
The discussion about Canadian oil is nuanced and can’t be boiled down to a meme about pipelines. After some googling, reading reputable sources, and thinking critically, we can put together a more complete picture.