A stark recital of the facts is in order.
The Legislature has been told that when the email was about to be released under a filing under the Freedom of Information Act, the deputy minister of Robinson's department blacked out the politically incendiary words. He cited a section of the Act permitting material to be redacted under certain circumstances, which, normally, would have ended the matter since how can you appeal to have released what you don't know is being hidden.
* Except that the recipient of the FOI material did know. She managed to decipher the blacked out wording. It was obvious the censoring of the inflammatory comments was done to protect the boss.
Three times she appealed to have the email released in its entirety, and each time, including personal appeals to Robinson, she was turned down.
Robinson was intent on hiding his opinion of white people from snoopers outside of government.
His defenders try to spin these facts to minimize Robinson's role. Premier Greg Selinger tried calling the racist email a private communication. It wasn't. It was from a government minister to government staffers, written on government time on a government computer.
* When Robinson's words were finally exposed, he DID NOT apologize, contrary to what his defenders allege. Robinson was first confronted with the email by a reporter for APTN---that's the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. He told her he "absolutely" would not apologize, that he said what he meant, and "you and I know there's a lot of those types around."
* It was only the next day, when the story crossed over to the mainstream news outlets, that a statement was released, at 4:30 p.m. that Friday, over his name which said "I did not mean to offend anyone with the words I used."
The statement then acknowledged that after "discussion with the Premier, the words I chose in the moment were regrettable and for that I apologize."
* Robinson has never apologized to the individuals he targeted with his prejudiced comments about "do good white people". In fact, he's publicly said he has a right to be racist against whites because he's suffered racism. We're waiting to see if the Human Rights Commission accepts that as a legitimate excuse for racism in Manitoba.
* Arthur Schafer, an "ethics" professor, excuses the racism of aboriginal Robinson as understandable. We're waiting for him to offer the same understanding to anti-semites.
Schafer and the other apologists for Robinson find racism excusable under certain circumstances. But does anybody want to explore those circumstances?
Will Manitoba NDP programs require people to bring proof of their race to qualify for benefits? What percentage of white blood is acceptable before the Manitoba Human Rights Commission offers protection against prejudice?
We thought that was a page in the history books, Germany in the Thirties.
But here we are, in Greg Selinger's NDP Manitoba, discussing under what circumstances racism is permissible, acceptable, understandable, even warranted.
* The shame is not on those beyond shame, Greg Selinger and Dave Chomiak, partisans who would do anything to get re-elected, including turning a blind eye to selective racism.
But what does NDP MLA Erin Selby tell her triplet daughters? Selby can be seen bobbing her head in the daily broadcast of Question Period in full support of Selinger's twisted defences of Robinson's racism.
The greatest shame is on those journalists and community leaders, and human rights hypocrites who are silent in the face of this abominable government inaction. They should be leading the call for Robinson's removal from office, mandatory racial sensitivity training, a declaration that racism is unacceptable in Manitoba, period.