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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I have the right to be racist, declares Manitoba's Deputy Premier

Manitoba Deputy Premier Eric Robinson is hiding behind the skirts of dead women to keep his job.

Ever since his racist views about white people were revealed last week, Robinson has been under pressure to resign or be removed by Premier Greg Selinger.

Selinger, instead, has tried to protect his racist cabinet minister, but he only has one arrow in his bow---that Robinson has lobbied on the race-specific issue of "missing and murdered aboriginal women".

Tuesday, Selinger raised the ante to claim that Robinson was nothing short of a Canadian hero, that he had single-handedly forced police across the country to start investigating the murders of aboriginal women because, he implied, the lazy, incompetent, racist fuzz hadn't been doing their job. WE'RE NOT MAKING THIS UP.  It's what he said in the Legislature.

Selinger dismissed Robinson's racist remarks ("the ignorance of do good white people") as something he said in a private email exchange.  
Except that it wasn't private. 
It was an exchange of emails with an aboriginal government official, who appears just as biased against whites as Robinson.
The Premier constantly claims Robinson apologized for what he wrote. Except that when first confronted with his racist attitude in an email, Robinson proudly and defiantly repeated his words. Then, forced by the Premier to retract, a statement was issued over his name in which it was claimed he apologized.  But when he appeared before reporters in person on Monday,  Robinson declared he had a right to be racist.  Some apology.

He was "entitled" to make racist comments towards white people, he said, because "I experienced racism first hand."

Only, he was a little muddled over the details.

First, he told reporters it was because he went to a residential school, the go-to excuse all natives use today for their irresponsible actions.  He was allegedly diddled by a priest at the Jack River School in Norway House, and so mentally scarred that he carries his hate of white people into his public duties as deputy minister.

Later, he changed his excuse. His momma was beat up by a white man and he got knocked out when he came to her aid.  Oh, and she went to a residential school, too, which was probably why she became a drunk and drug user.

We did some checking.  Robinson's mother was in a residential school from the age of 3 to 18 and, according to Robinson, it was when she left that she entered "a world of alcoholism and drug abuse."  The incident where he tried to defend his mother happened in 1963 at the hands of a "non-aboriginal" man (he's suddenly become very careful with his language) when he was 10 and she was 30. A year later she "died alone on the streets of Winnipeg."

Robinson's declaration that he is entitled to be a racist is the most shocking thing heard in the Legislature in living memory. Selinger's insistence that Robinson deserves to stay in his caucus is a declaration that racism is officially sanctioned by the NDP.

When an NDP backbencher thought it would be clever to hint that an Opposition member was gay, Selinger dove in front of the cameras and microphones to disavow his colleague.

"It's not OK to make those comments in any context," Selinger said. "I think this is an opportunity for all of us to take a honest look at homophobia in our everyday lives -- comments we hear that need to be confronted and condemned."......

People have been asking why Selinger was so ardent over a comment hardly anyone noticed but so dismissive of blatant racism by the Deputy Premier.

Do you think having a homosexual son had anything to do with the double standard?

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