Hello my dear readers.
I was going to publish a post today on the Vancouver Art Gallery, but I just can’t seem to focus on it considering what has been going on.
In case you have not heard, here is a summary.
On Sunday, worshipers at a mosque in Quebec City were attacked by a lone gunman, who killed six people and wounded 19 others.
On Friday, President Donald Trump (that still sounds very wrong to me, by the way) issued an “executive order temporarily blocking travel for immigrants from seven “terror prone” Muslim-majority countries.
The order imposes a 90-day ban on travellers from
Additionally, it suspends the US refugee programme for 120 days and indefinitely halts acceptance of refugees from Syria.” (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/31/donald-trumps-travel-ban-not-nazism-many-muslim-countries/)
To me, all this means that intolerance and terrorism are growing. When I say terrorism is growing, I mean the person who killed those six people inside the mosque that were minding their own business (praying, actually). The person that killed them is a terrorist. And yes, I now consider Donald Trump to be a terrorist as well. His executive order came out of nowhere – it was a total surprise – and his order caused fear, uncertainty, and chaos en masse.
Here is the definition of terrorism, according to Google:
the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.
It seems to fit.
And in regards to my sentiment that intolerance is growing, here is an article that sums up the atmosphere in Quebec:
I am not saying that all Quebecers are intolerant, or that the majority of them weren’t shocked and horrified by the terrorist attack. I am simply agreeing with the article’s author when she says that Quebec culture includes the notion that “non-white, non-Catholic “others” must assimilate into the Québécois identity.”
And I would argue that intolerance is a big part of what brought Trump into power in the United States (I think most people would agree with me there).
What is also very disturbing, though not unexpected, is that Donald Trump himself is intolerant of dissident opinions. When the acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, refused to defend the (travel ban) order because she was unsure that it was lawful, Trump fired her. His press secretary, Sean Spicer, said on Monday that “I think that they [the dissidents] should either get with the program or they can go.” (http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/white-house-to-state-department-dissenters-quit)
I have to admit that I feel very down about all this. It is hard to know what it is that I can do. To any Americans who are reading, please contact your senator and voice your concerns. Consider attending a march/protest. And to my fellow Canadians, please do not let fear cause an atmosphere of intolerance. Please contact your MP or our PM Justin Trudeau with any concerns you may have regarding our own policies. Lastly, I would encourage everyone to consider joining a human rights organization (such as Amnesty International) who speaks up on behalf of people around the world whose human rights have been infringed upon. We need human rights supporters now more than ever.