Dear Leo, I was confused and alarmed when I read your Tweet claiming “militarized raids” have been ordered against protestors participating in illegal and dangerous blockades opposing the Coastal GasLink project in Northern British Columbia. But then I thought, given your busy schedule as a Hollywood movie star, you may not have learned the full story behind this transformative, environmentally sustainable project. So please, allow me to fill you in. My people and many other First Nations communities, leaders, and elders, including 20 democratically elected Chiefs whose bands support the Coastal Gas Link project, are proud to champion British Columbia’s world-class resource sector. These leaders have been elected by their communities, as I was when I fought to bring liquified natural gas (LNG) development to our province. I suppose you haven’t thought about how in siding with the unelected hereditary chiefs opposed to the Coastal Gas Link project, you are ignoring the democratic rights of thousands of First Nations people? Although the democratic case for the Coastal Gas Link project is strong, I feel the need to outline for you why so many First Nations leaders and communities support developing our resources safely and sustainably.
Culture & Race
“There’s Nothing More Frightening in America Today than an Angry White Man,” a CNN op-ed headline blared after the Rittenhouse verdict. And then Darrell Brooks, a black racist, career criminal, and convicted sex offender with two open felony cases, intentionally drove into the Waukesha Christmas Parade, leaving bloody children strewn like crumpled flowers. Baby strollers and battered wheelchairs lay on the street in the aftermath of this racist rampage. While the media tries to cover up his black racist,agendas. If a white racist had slammed his car into a black parade, there would be little doubt and less question about his motives. But black racists always get a pass by a media that’s happy to enable their racism. While white racism is denounced as disgraceful, black racism is embraced as revolutionary. Milwaukee BLM leader Vaun Mayes, who has appeared alongside local Democrat politicians, responded to the horrifying atrocity by suggesting, “It sounds possible that the revolution has started in Wisconsin. It started with this Christmas parade.” How better to start the Marxist revolution than by running down some Dancing Grannies? This is sick. But it is enabled by the collusion of well-meaning people who don’t want to acknowledge that blacks can be mass murderers and racist monsters just like everyone else.
Prince William is not winning any points with the people of Africa after he made remarks linking the continent’s population to pressure on wildlife. At the Tusk conservation awards in London earlier this week, William said pressure on Africa’s “wildlife and wild spaces as a result of human population” was creating a “huge challenge for conservationists, as it does the world over,” reported Al Jazeera. “But it is imperative that the natural world is protected not only for its contribution to our economies, jobs and livelihoods, but for the health, wellbeing and future of humanity,” he said. The Duke of Cambridge, a father of three, didn’t specifically mention population growth, reports Newsweek, but his comments have been condemned on Twitter, with many accusing him of racism, hypocrisy, and privilege. One person warned the prince to stay in his lane, tweeting that William “has no moral authority to say anything about Africa or about Africans and their lives.” “It would be helpful if Prince William paid attention in history. By far the greatest losses of wildlife in Africa occurred in the early 1900s when Europeans arrived with guns and hunted across the continent. To blame African civilians is to totally misunderstand African history,” tweeted another user.
While a group of artists, supported by identity researchers, argued that Danish museums are overwhelmingly white (to the point that even their walls are symbolically white), the Danish public pushed back at what they perceived as “wokeness on steroids.” A group of Danish artists has drawn the public’s ire by railing against the nation’s museums and accusing them of a dramatic lack of diversity and overwhelming “whiteness.” Many on social media found that raising such criticisms in a mostly-white country was ridiculous. According to a group of foreign-background artists, who participated in the Danish Radio documentary “Rebellion at the Academy.” “We only get one story told. We get a story of white men about white men for white men,” artist Ihsan Ihsan, a student of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, told Danish Radio, venturing that some must “relinquish their positions of power.” He is backed by a fellow artist, Dina El Kaisy Friemuth, who graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2016. “As a brown person, it feels strange to go into these white institutions, where everything is white. And I don’t just mean that the people who work there are white. Everything is white. Even their walls,” Dina El Kaisy Friemuth told Danish Radio.
The latest string of smash-and-grab attacks on high-end stores in California should not be called looting as that would be racist, two criminal justice experts told the media and police. The lecture on linguistics came after the San Francisco Bay area police departments had described a series of brazen thefts at luxury retail outlets over the weekend as looting. Lorenzo Boyd, a professor of criminal justice and community policing at the University of New Haven, told ABC7 news channel on Tuesday that the term has strong racial connotations and is typically used when “people of color or urban dwellers are doing something.” Boyd, a former deputy sheriff in Boston, went on to claim that when people of different ethnicity “do the exact same thing,” such criminal acts are rarely called looting. Martin Reynolds, co-executive director of the Robert C. Maynard Institute of Journalism Education, concurred, saying that it “seems like it’s an organized smash-and-grab robbery. This doesn’t seem like looting.” Both experts concluded that the media ought to be careful in their choice of words, as “people draw their own conclusions, if the terminologies that you use are tethered to people’s understanding of how they have been used in the past,” Reynolds opined.
The Biden Administration stands by seeking to bring an end to cash bail, arguing that whether or not to keep defendants in custody should be something determined by the danger the defendant poses to the community and not by their ability to pay bail. The White House is sticking by this policy goal at a time when the nation faces debates on bail policies — rising from the Waukesha, Wisconsin Christmas parade crash where 39-year-old Darrell Brooks Jr. allegedly rammed his vehicle through a group of innocent people who were taking part in the parade, Fox News reported. With a vast criminal history going back to 1999, and including several felonies, Brooks, a convicted sex offender, made bail twice in Wisconsin in 2021, even though he was wanted in Nevada for jumping bail on a sex crime charge, according to the outlet. Most recently, in early November, according to Fox, prosecutors in Milwaukee merely asked bail to be set for $1,000 for Brooks after he punched his girlfriend in the face and ran over her with his vehicle in a gas station’s parking lot. On afterthought, the prosecutors consider the bail to have been “inappropriately low,” the outlet reported.