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Anti-Québec logic

11 Jun
Alert the media! India's national football (soccer) team is turbanless! India must be racist and xenophobic!

Alert the media! India’s national football (soccer) team is turbanless! India must be racist and xenophobic!

By Evan Zenobia

ANCIENT ROME—It looks as if the Québec Soccer Federation has really stepped in it, this time.

It’s not really their fault though. It’s just that the English Canadian media has been dumping shit all over the sidewalk.

Yes, ever since the FSQ announced that turbans would, along with all other headgear, be impermissible on soccer pitches, everyone from rags like Maclean’s and the National Post to federal cabinet ministers have denounced the regulation, thundering righteous, theatrical indignation and hurling accusations of racism and xenophobia at Québec.

By now, you’ve probably heard or read the standard narrative. Driven by either a radical secularism gone mad or just by Québec’s innate and distinctly un-Canadian xenophobic racism, Sikhs were singled out by FSQ and swept off the soccer field. Now, Sikh children will be barred from the game, cruelly excluded by racist Québécois officials.

This isn’t the first time the Sikh community’s religious obligations have run across trouble in Québec. In 2010-11, a scandal erupted over the barring of kirpan (knife)-bearing Sikhs from entering the Nation Assembly. The FSQ faced similar criticism for banning the hijab. And, the standard reaction from the conservative English-Canadian establishment had been to accuse Québec of racism or xenophobia.

But that’s not what’s happening.

According to the FSQ, headgear is not allowed on the soccer pitch. You can’t wear a baseball cap, or a cowboy hat, or a tuque, or a crown, or a German war helment. The rule is no headgear. A turban is headgear. Therefore, turbans are not allowed.

So now Québec is being accused of racism because in Québec everybody, regardless of their religion, is subject to the same rules and regulations.

When you treat everyone the same, that’s not discrimination, it’s called equality. And I know that conservatives actually hate that, but they should be honest about it instead of accusing the 7 million people of Québec of intolerance and hatred.

In any case, the FSQ will follow FIFA’s lead if the international body allows turban. But until FIFA makes its decision, Vic Toews and Parm Gil and Jason Kenney and the esteemed “writers” at the authoritative rags of Canada’s business classes should quit their hysterics about “intolerance,” and maybe practice a bit of tolerance to Canada’s second largest province.

Sun News admits term “Gypsy” is pejorative; uses it in top story headline anyway

1 Sep

Since 4:28 pm on 31 August 2012, and as this goes to “press”, Sun News Network’s homepage features “‘Significant criminal activity’ among Gypsies: CBSA” as its TOP STORY. (picture to come soon)

So let’s get this straight. With Québec’s election campaign wrapping up with the Parti québécois in the lead, fierce fighting in Syria and a suicide bombing in Afghanistan killing 12, the SNN has decided that the most important news out there is that there is criminal activity among Roma people? Well isn’t this newsworthy guys! Some Roma people are involved in criminal activity, kind of like some of EVERY OTHER ETHNIC GROUP are involved in criminal activity. Let’s pretend like this is breaking news.

Whatever. We all know Sun News pretends that nonsense is news. That’s not the issue here.

The issue is that Sun News Network insists on using the term “Gypsy” in a loud, sensationalist headline. “Gypsy” is an outdated term widely felt to be pejorative by Roma people.

Although ignorance is not much of an excuse for the use of slurs by major media outlets, we can’t write off SNN’s as simple ignorance.

Sun News is clearly well aware that “Roma” is the appropriate and correct term. The body of the story’s article uses this term, acknowledging that only some people use the word “Gypsy”.

In the video, their contributor even states:

“[w]e’re talking about Roma, who you may call, uh, some people call Gypsies, although the Roma tend to consider that pejorative.” ( http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/canada/archives/2012/08/20120831-154746.html )

So Sun News is well aware that “Gypsy” is a politically incorrect and often hurtful term. Why then are they using it in their Top Story’s headline?

Why is Sun News specifically zeroing on criminality among Roma and drawing attention to it with an ethnic slur? Why are they trying to evoke old stereotypes and whip up prejudices? Why are the trying to appeal to base that neither know nor cares about offending people with pejoratives?

It is also worth noting that Roma were some of the hardest hit by the Holocaust; over 50 percent of Roma were exterminated. Imagine if Sun News had published a similar story about Jews using an outdated anti-Semitic slur!

So, Eclipse News denounces SNN’s use of an anti-Roma slur. And I’m going to ask. What is Sun News Network’s problem with Roma?

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