YOU SAY – Today’s immigrants aren’t the same as yesterday’s

Chines workers helped build national railroad.

Chines workers helped build national railroad.

Some comments you might not have seen about the Armchair Mayor column, “The next time you worry about immigrants, spit into a tube”:




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3 Comments on YOU SAY – Today’s immigrants aren’t the same as yesterday’s

  1. Lets talk about the latest thing from Ottawa. Islamaphopia. Phobia means a fear of.The word has nothing to do with hate. Few Canadians hate.I have felt hate from black people and indigenous people.None that I can recall from Chinese or South Asian people.They are too busy getting ahead.Winston Churchill had a few things to say on Islam,the Chinese and the Russians under Joe Stalin .Look them up.
    Justin Trudeau.An eastern phenomena to be sure. Thank you Quebec,and Ontario too.

  2. An immigrant is an immigrant is an immigrant.

  3. This thread shows perfectly, today’s polarity and the incapacity for either side to actually listen to each other. What I hear in this discussion is entrenched rhetorical fear on both sides.
    One side fears the potential risk of today’s policy of inclusion.
    The other side fears the slippery slope of protectionism.
    When in the past, this difference between progressiveness and protectionism was used as the starting point to find compromise, today there is no such desire. The availability to spew belief on the internet on forums like this, with impunity, has only deepened entrenchment.
    Face to face, these different ideologies would be discussed (at least a bit) more harmoniously, common ground could be found, and agreement to disagree … would satisfy to a degree. Online? No such want, as we don’t see or hear the idea coming from a human.
    It’s just a bunch of text. And, we don’t care for text as we would care for even a stranger in a room with us.
    So … what do we do? How do we cross the divide of inconvenienced neurons and care that its another person on the other end? Fer sure I donno, but I think this may be the upcoming challenge for society.

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