Hi Friends,

Primarily I have been using Twitter, hoping to cycle through this recent obsession before resuming my usual online activities, which include online chess, bioelectronics, and half-assed efforts to promote my books.

Anyway, Twitter exists in a state of perpetual outrage. There is always something, the world is always about to end (it actually is, be very afraid). Anyways, below is the billboard  from some *Canadian town, paid for with tax dollars which I saw on Twitter and motivated me to do some research.

My process was this: this was a strange, Soviet era style billboard, it looks like a political prisoner denouncing his former partners in a failed rebellion. It smacks of a confession from Orwell’s 1984, a blank and deadened face reciting a litany of social crimes, or a product of a Maoist re-education camp.

The defenders of this billboard (I posted their defense below, along with an opposing viewpoint), stress that this man made his confession of his own free will, and it was not forced out of him. Well, we can be thankful for that much at least.

When I saw it, I thought “Someone should do some research and try to look into the background of the proponents of putting such a billboard on a public highway.” Then it occurred to me that nobody I trust as much as myself to be fair would do such a thing, and also it really is irresponsible to hope someone will do some advocacy when I am fully capable of doing some myself.

The sheer anonymity, the “Everyman” quality of the individual on the billboard is offensive. His unremarkable face, emblazoned against a red background (no surprises there) acts as a blanket denunciation of all white individuals. Although it was written “in his own words”, he is obviously not meant to represent merely himself, but by extension, all white people. This one is a no-brainer, folks.

So what is my problem? Why do I care? Well, I find it interesting that public monies were used for this. This billboard is part of a series, but this one is obviously designed to be effective and inflammatory propaganda, and it succeeds. The use of colors is no accident.  Check out news programs. The predominant color scheme on TV news is blue, psychologically proven to be soothing.

*Editors Note-False alarm, gang. I started on the assumption this was in California (Ca), and proceeded to be offended by it, since this is a pretty racist billboard. However, it turns out this is some teensy little crapulent burg in Canada, where everyone is white. This anti-racist series is just virtue-signalling on a pretty epic level. I have been to Canada, nice country, people are punks. Canadians are starting to get to me. Jim Carrey, Neil Young, the rest, you’re talented, but couldn’t you just get paid and go home? I just waited some time thinking i was doing something constructive, and this turns out to be Canada.

So, while I stand by the first few paragraphs, it’s Canada. It explains a lot. To the Saskatoon City Council-one final thought to mull over–true white privilege is for people who live in 90% white communities and therefore have the privilege to celebrate diversity. Live in the hood for six months, take 6 lousy months of your pathetic Canadian lives, and go live in a “diverse” city like Newark or sections of New York I lived in for years. I’ll take your lecture then.

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Canada 2006 Census Population  % of Total Population
Visible Minority group
Source:[42]
European 164,970 82.8
First Nations 10,855 5.4
Métis 8,605 4.3
Chinese 4,185 2.1
Other visible minority 2,470 1.3
South Asian 2,210 1.1
Filipino 1,855 0.9
Black 1,825 0.9
Latin American 1,045 0.5
Southeast Asian 1,005 0.5
Inuit 60 0.0
Total population 199,385 100

Opposition Viewpoint I found online

Narrative Collapse

“White Privilege” is a conspiracy theory that blames white people for the shortcomings of non-whites. The terms “white privilege” and “check your privilege” as used, almost like racial slurs, to denigrate, stereotype, and scapegoat all white people.

Now the Canadian city of Saskatoon is using public tax dollars to promote this incendiary ideology. They have already spent $14,000 for the campaign in 2017. They have placed advertisements inside restaurants and bars, ads at bus stop shelters, and even giant billboards.

One of the billboards features local resident Jim Williams and a quote about recognizing his own white privilege. Another features a mixed race woman claiming she is viewed as less important than white people. Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark, and Director of Community Development Lynne Lacroix are defending the racially divisive billboards.

Saskatoon also published a large number of videos of local residents blaming white people for the shortcomings of non-whites. Saskatoon is 83% white and about 10% Indian or Indian/white mixed. Most of the rest are Asian. “Anti-Racism” leaders in Saskatoon are specifically blaming white people for making the Indian community less successful.

The official Saskatoon website is promoting videos by Tim Wise. This is a Jewish-American author who has become wealthy promoting the “white privilege” conspiracy theory. Wise has publicly confessed to being a former criminal. He says he operated a “fake id mill” while he was in college.

Wise has also publicly advocated violence. In 2012, he called on his followers to shoot members of the Tea Party movement in the face.

 

City of Saskatoon response

City of Saskatoon director of community development Lynne Lacroix defended the billboards on Monday.

Supportive Viewpoint from Saskatoon“It’s real people who live in Saskatoon. It’s not staged actors, nor did the city make up those quotes,” she said.

“These billboards were not intended to suggest that all people have to do the same thing or that all people are racist.”

The city spent a total $14,000 on its anti-racism campaign in 2017, up from $2,260 in 2015 and $5,521 in 2016.

This year’s campaign includes advertisements in eight transit shelters as well as bars and restaurants across the city.

During the launch, Mayor Charlie Clark said the campaign was about “building relationships and a shared understanding.”

 

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