Seeking a Trump-free zone has its challenges

Brenda’s peace disrupted by the racist musings of the American president

This is tough for me. What to write about? A couple topics floating about in my mind space waiting for me to comment. Then it happened. I sat down for a good breakfast and a reheated coffee for my Sunday morning fix of news. I tucked a t-towel in my shirt to catch the dribbles of food and I was at the ready. The news came on and there he was — Donald Trump, telling four lawmakers of colour to go back where they came from. It wasn’t long before I heard the racist words repeated as the news person read the words from a Twitter place. You got it. I turned the channel off and looked for a Trump-free zone. Hard to find as over and over again the ugly words of racism permeated my space.

“Defeating racism, tribalism, intolerance and all forms of discrimination will liberate us all — victim and perpetrator alike,” said Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary-General of the United Nations.

I could not but say to myself wondering if my grandfather who came to this country from Ireland long ago had someone say to him to go back to his country. I wonder if my friend Malkiat Singh Bains was ever told to return to India?

“There is power in naming racism for what it is by shining a bright light on it. A thing as simple as naming it allows us to root it out of the darkness and hushed conversation where it likes to breed like roaches. Acknowledge it — confront it,” said Jesmyn Ward, an American novelist and professor at Tulane University.

Even as I write this I know those who think Trump is a very fine fellow will criticize me for having mentioned this issue. Still I do feel if I don’t step up I am part of the problem. If I am wrong, I apologize.

It wasn’t long before I shut the TV off and carried on with my day. But before that could happen I was subjected to a call for help to rescue abused animals. Sad-eyed, tied up with a heavy chain, no food, water. Such a sad sight. My heart was already filled with sadness. I couldn’t take any more. The TV is shut off. I went outside with my heavy heart and was lifted up with joy and happiness as I talked to my three old rescue dogs. Those ups and downs of life are hard to take.

You can call me out on these comments by calling 250-846-5095. An email comes to:

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Coastal GasLink breaks ground on meter station in Kitimat

Meter station marks final point on pipeline that stretches from Northeast B.C.

Mayoral nominations open Sept. 1

Deputy Mayor Gladys Atrill confirms she will be running for the top job

Brucejack mine fatality identified

Patrick Critch was from Newfoundland

Friendship Centre optimistic MMIWG mural will be painted this year

Following trauma-informed healing workshops, project is now in the design phase

Canucks ride momentum into NHL playoff series against defending Stanley Cup champs

PREVIEW: Vancouver opens against St. Louis on Wednesday

Man, 54, charged in connection with fatal attack of Red Deer doctor

Doctor was killed in his walk-in clinic on Monday

One dead as fish boat sinks off southern Vancouver Island

Shawnigan Lake-registered Arctic Fox II went down off Cape Flattery, west of Victoria

Landlord takes front door, windows after single B.C. mom late with rent

Maple Ridge mom gets help from community generosity and government

42 more people test positive for COVID-19 in B.C.

The province has recorded no new deaths in recent days

Joe Biden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate

Harris and Biden plan to deliver remarks Wednesday in Wilmington

Lawsuit launched after Florida child handcuffed, booked and briefly jailed

Suit alleges “deliberate indifference” to what should have been handled as a behavioural issue

Russia approves vaccine, Putin hopes to begin mass production

Critic calls decision to proceed without thorough testing ‘dangerous and grossly immoral’

Most Read