Friday, October 07, 2005

The Twisted Nature of Identity Politics…

Back where I grew up, the crux of the region’s divisive identity politics is neither race nor ethnicity, but language. In this day and age, in the so-called modern progressive utopia of Canada, the paragon of North American multiculturalism, deep-seeded prejudice is actively abetted by the government. Here’s a story my mother just emailed me to prove my point:
I have a French client who lives a half hour drive outside of town in a predominantly English community. This gentleman doesn’t want his son attending the local school because it is English, though it does have a full French language immersion program. The only French school in the area is all the way back downtown. The only buses that run from this man’s house to the French school are provided by the English school distinct, so naturally they have English speaking students on them.

My client is adamant that his child should not be exposed to English speakers either in school or in transit to and from school, and he has cited his constitutional right to be served in the official language of his choice. Since no French-only bus service is available to him, the government has compensated my client at the rate of $700.00 per month so that he can drive his child to the French school everyday.

There’s your tax dollars at work, Folks!!!
To further illustrate the absurdity of it all, substitute the word “English” with “Black” and the word “French” with “White”. Now ask yourself how an enlightened socialist “utopia” like Canada could offer tax dollars to compensate someone for their abject bigotry in the name of constitutional rights?


At 10/07/2005 12:59 PM, Blogger Eddie said...

But Ace, you don't understand, the Canadians are an enlightened, open minded society that doesn't have problems that its closed minded Southern redneck neighbor is afflicted with!

I do not understand the Quebec/English conflict. I suppose it has to do with French everywhere in the world being absurd.

At 10/07/2005 3:13 PM, Blogger Ace said...

In this case, it's an Acadian French vs. English conflict within New Brunswick, which is much like a microcosm of the broader Quebec vs Canada battle, only without the separatist tendencies.

It all goes back to 1755, when the British expelled French settlers from the Maritime colonies that would later become the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The displaced settlers were relocated to the Southern US, mainly in Louisiana. These people are now known as Cajun, which is a derivative of the word Acadian.

Anyhoo, fast-forward 200+ years...

As the Quebecois separatists began flexing their muscles in the '60s, a smaller nationalist political movement came about in New Brunswick, comprised of Acadian descendents with an axe to grind over the expulsion. At one point they were calling for New Brunswick to be split into two provinces, one for the English, the other for the Acadians. Since that sort of radical thinking never really gained a foothold with the local electorate, the Acadian movement turned instead to working within the existing framework to establish constitutional protections and special privileges for their historically "repressed" culture, language, way of life, etc, blah, blah, blah.

They were very successful in achieving those goals, and then some.

At 10/10/2005 7:35 AM, Blogger Eddie said...

Now contrast that with Louisiana, where the French citizens learned English, the language of the rest of the land.


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