We All Need To Stand Up Against Assaults Of Racism In Our Communities

A Comment from Niagara resident and recent Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship recipient Gary Screaton Page

Posted February 5th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Signs like this have been showing up across the border in Buffalo, New York in response to the toxic, racist rhetoric coming out of the Trump White House. Research has been showing an uptick in racist conduct in recent times on both sides of the Canada/U.S. border. File photo taken by Doug Draper

The increasing incidence of racist talk and action coincides with the increasing amount of racist talk and behavior of the U.S. President, Donald Trump.

While Trump is not the cause, he most certainly sets a powerful example of what it means to be racist.

We are just as vulnerable to such conduct north of the border.

There is no place for racism in either country. Everyone who values civil liberties and understands how vulnerable they are to assault must take a stand against such behavior. If all of us aren’t treated equally, then none of us can be confident that our civil rights could not be lost to us.

Germany was one of the most cultured, literate, artistic, scholarly countries in the world. Yet, Hitler rose to power on a platform of hate.

No nation is above such an attack from within. We must be ever vigilant. The only legitimate prejudice is prejudice against prejudice.

Freedom is a fragile thing. We must do all we can to preserve, even be ready to die to protect it. The last two great wars have proven that!

Lest we forget!!

Gary Screaton Page is a resident of the Niagara, Ontario community of Fort Erie, Ontario and a long-time Chaplain for the Niagara Regional Police who, through his dedication to community, and his own sense of humanity and generosity, has spent years working with others to welcome newcomers to this region of Canada, and serve the common good in many other ways.

He has also been a long-time supporter of Niagara At Large and its mission to offer – in the current universe of corporate media – an independent voice for news and commentary in a greater Niagara region that includes communities on both sides of the Niagara River.

For related stories on Niagara At Large, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2018/02/02/hate-in-the-shape-of-a-swastika-finds-expression-near-a-statue-of-civil-rights-heroine-harriet-tubman-in-niagara-ontario/ .

And – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2018/01/21/niagara-regional-police-chaplain-fort-erie-niagara-resident-gary-screaton-page-awarded-ontario-medal-for-good-citizenship/ .

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 “A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders

 

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