The Woke Folk Who Think #cancelwhitepeople Is Now A Clever Riposte
Sometimes, only your best friends will tell you.
And sometimes, only a federal cabinet minister will tell you.
In this case, it’s Liberal Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs, who wants you native Canucks to know that, “immigrants are better at creating new businesses and new jobs than Canadian-born people. Simple.”
Got it? According to the former CTV meat puppet, the native population of Canada are layabouts and time servers. So let’s bring in tons of immigrants who can show us the ropes about how to create wealth.
O’Regan, whose own resumé is curiously deficient in experience creating any businesses, has subsequently tried to clarify what he meant in his tweet. “Well, that was foolish,” he admitted in a burst of understatement. What he really meant was… something else. No blood, no foul.
If his boss, Justin Trudeau, is concerned about the optics of a senior member of his government demeaning the entrepreneurial class there’s no hint of it from Team Trudeau, which has lately been seen surfing on the west coast. O’Reagn is still a cabinet member in good standing at this writing.
The media, too, slept through O'Regan's Oration. One can only imagine if a Conservative had noted that immigrants were incapable of creating businesses. The CBC or the Toronto Star would’ve suffered a nervous collapse rushing the news to the population of Progressistan.
But white people? These days that's no big whoop when you're a social justice warrior with a minor in diversity. Needless to say there’s no furious lead story each day on The National to build pressure for O’Regan’s dismissal.
The story dovetails with another White Out, this one at the New York Times. Once the arbiter of journalism in the U.S., the fabled Grey Lady hired to its editorial board a woman of Asian descent who has spent much time online this decade demonizing white people or their substandard intellects and pigmentation.
Sarah Jeong, a 30-year-old product of Harvard with a PhD in grievance politics, offered beauties such as “Dumbass fucking white people marking up the internet with their opinions like dogs pissing on fire hydrants,” or “Oh man it’s kind of sick how much joy I get out of being cruel to old white men.” Here are some more.
The Times' motives in hiring a viz-min tech writer with green hair are painfully transparent. "Get hep, dudes!" But that’s nothing compared to its tortured rationales for not rescinding the post on its editorial board now that we know Jeong thinks #cancelwhitepeople is a clever riposte. Noting that Jeong has suffered abuse online, the Times lets us know "that this approach only served to feed the vitriol that we too often see on social media. She regrets it, and The Times does not condone it.”
Which is the journalistic shorthand for being sent to your bedroom with a bag of chips to watch videos. Meanwhile, the Left is making an auto da fé of rightwing agitator Alex Jones for his corrosive comments, demanding he be censored. But Jeong has their sympathies as she rips on white people. Cuz she’s one of theirs.
Here’s a Left thingy in the UK saying that the tweets aren’t the story. "Some of those tweets are indeed maybe a little bit cringeworthy, though actually, the one about dogs and fire hydrants is actually pretty funny. But come on. Twitter is a febrile and often unpleasant place, and in some instances Jeong punched back at her attackers.”
As the bitter cherry on the top of this story, the Times had previously rescinded the hiring of tech writer Quinn Norton over her salty social media history. But Quinn is a white woman. There’s plenty where she came from. But a fire-breathing Asian Red Guard product like Jeong? Indispensible.
The fashionable Gotham folk who read the Times and encourage this Maoist approach to culture like to see themselves as “woke”. As in, finally seeing the message. In fact, they’ve gone into a cultural coma. Only sounds and smells approved by the spin doctors penetrate the fog.
There was a time when these people actually could parody at themselves. John Guare’s play Six Degrees of Separation (1993) was about Upper East Side art dealers wrestling with the implications of a black man who invades their lives with a patchy back story. One night the proper people host a white man who lives in apartheid South Africa.
“One has to stay there,” he replies. “To educate the black workers. And we'll know we've been successful when they kill us."
He then invites the New Yorker set to visit this progressive Nirvana. But the hostess hisses, "Oh, would we visit you and sit in your gorgeous house, planning visits to the townships, demanding to see the poorest of the poor? "Oh, are you sure they're the worst off? I mean, we've come all this way. I mean, we don't want to see people just mildly victimized by apartheid. We demand shock." You know it doesn't seem right, sitting on the East Side, talking about revolution.”
Sadly, for the types who hate their white skin, the East Side is now the perfect place to talk revolution without any sense of irony. Seamus O’Regan should pop by any minute now for a nightcap.
Bruce Dowbiggin @dowbboy is the host of the podcast The Full Count with Bruce Dowbiggin on his website is Not The Public Broadcaster He’s also a regular contributor to Sirius XM Canada Talks Ch. 167. A two-time winner of the Gemini Award as Canada's top television sports broadcaster, he is also the best-selling author whose new book Cap In Hand will be available this fall.