Another great exempt from Jeff Parkinson’s amazing blog.
It is truly amazing just how much the Native protesters and the KKK have in common. It appears the protesters and the KKK not only look alike, act much in the same way, but they share the same philosophical world view.
Natives & KKK look the same:
Both have masks and wear something to cover their head while using Flags to make it look like they are being patriotic. It is not that they hate others – they claim – but they love their country, their culture, their nation.
Both love Freedom of Expression but not for others:
It is truly amazing that the Native Protesters claim their Right to Free Expression but condemn anyone who disagrees with them. When one considers that the Grand River Six Nations is the largest reserve in Canada you think you would find a certain amount of diverse views.
We all see that within Caledonia there have been serveral groups trying to get their message out to the media – Caledonia Citizens Alliance, Caledonia Resistance, Citizens of Caledonia and more. In any democratic society you always find groups who have opposing views who are trying to get their message out to the media. We see that we have both Liberal and Conservative media outlets within our communities. On almost any issue you will find media that support it while others oppose it. This is what true democracy produces, a firm belief in Freedom of Expression
On April 29th the Toronto Sun printed a letter from a Native person who voiced his view that the protesters were wrong. [Link] I posted this story last week on the reclamation site and the immediate response from Native people was to call this Native person an ‘Apple’ – a phrase by the way I had not heard until I went to Caledonia in July.
‘Apple’ is a racial slur by Native people claiming he is “white on the inside but red on the outside“. So the immediate response by Native people to this person’s free expression was to attack him with racial slurs.
Burning Crosses or Tires the message is the same:
The purpose of burning crosses is to send a message that can clearly be seen by all that the KKK is present, that they are active, that they are willing to do things in public to intimidate. The Clan would often burn crosses at night to ensure the maxinim visual effect.
I don’t think the Native protesters were burning tires for warmth or because they wanted to collect the hazardous run off.
What could produce a greater visual effect but dark black smoke that could be seen for miles. The open burning of tires, in full view of OPP, was sending the same message as the Clan did – we are here, we are active and we are willing to do things in public.
When Burning Crosses doesn’t work you burn other things:
Both the KKK and the Native protesters don’t limit themselves to just symbolic burnings (crosses or tires). The violent nature of both groups can be clearly seen in their actions.
The photos here are the burning down of a bridge, a barn and the power station but the Natives have used fire as their means to send a message to the OPP, the Government and residents many times.
Vehicles have been destroyed, numerous grass fires have been set as well as fires by Hydro towers, and large bon fires have occurred.