Letter to Lorrie Goldstein, Editor, Toronto SUN, January 14, 2007.
It will surely be a long process to unlearn the teaching of many millennia that the people in the next valley/down the coast/across the lake/up in the hills are inferior and are not “the people”. You folks in the media could help.
1. Stop using the term “race”. Science has confirmed the obvious that there is only one race – the human race. There are about 6 billion unique and distinct individual persons in it. If you must, use terms like ancestry, national origin, culture or mother tongue.
2. Make a headline banner of, and keep pounding away at, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream – that (people) should be known by the content of their character, not the colour of their skin. Character is made up of words and deeds, actions not ancestry, performance not appearance. And Dr. King might just as easily have substituted religion, sex, age, income, mother tongue, culture, ancestry, national origin, or any other characteristic of an individual person, for “skin colour”.
3. Character is a characteristic of an individual not a community. Therefore talk about the deed. The vast majority of people in every community are decent persons who basically just want to live, work and raise a family in a peaceful and orderly environment that works. That’s why so many people have chosen to come to Canada. And every community has a tiny wee minority of
psyco-sociopathic individuals who are simply incapable of decent behaviour.
They need to be dealt with, not the community within which they happen to
have been born.
4. Stop calling Canada a “mosaic”! That idiot Joe Clark pinned that one on us. Think about the nature of a mosaic. It consists of a lot of hard, unchangeable fragments of coloured glass or tile, stuck permanently in place and separated from each other by cement!
I see Canada as a Symphony Orchestra. It’s a collection of individuals of all sizes and shapes, ages, incomes, sex, religions, ancestries, skin colours, mother tongues, cultures, education, occupations and shoe sizes, who work together for a common purpose because they’ve chosen to do so and because they love what they’re doing. They play many different instruments from quite different written arrangements, but, when the lights go down and the baton starts moving, the single glorious sound of a majestic symphony transports us. Canada – the world’s most fabulous symphony orchestra!
Charles W. Conn, Mississauga.Tags: canada, mosaic, symphony