when the brave women on the board of Osborne House, the women's
shelter that uncovered the racist email sent by Deputy Premier Eric
Robinson, refused to buckle under Selinger's contemptible attacks, the
NDP had to come up with a Plan B.
Plan B: when caught red-handed espousing racism, redefine racism. Problem solved.
week ago Selinger claimed Robinson had apologized (he didn't) and the
NDP caucus, including former journalist and perennial prop Erin Selby,
cabinet ministers Flor Marcelino, Kevin Chief, and abused ex-wife Kerri
clapped like trained seals in support of Robinson's right to express
his racism against white people as long as the public didn't find out
This week, it was different. Why apologize when you did nothing wrong?
This week, NDP supporters were popping up like weeds to sniff that Robinson's critics got it all wrong---that Robinson couldn't be racist against white people--- because only white people can be racists.
99 percent of Manitobans, all races included, went "Whaaaaat?"
NDP dredged up a retired old politician, Tim Sale, former Minister of
Family Services, who, during his term in office, was linked to more
funding scandals than anyone but Greg Selinger, the dirtiest politician
in the province.
"So let's get first things first. What is racism?" he wrote in an op-ed published in the Winnipeg Free Press.
is a set of beliefs and actions that use the power of some to oppress
in fundamental ways a less powerful group, based on their race."
a government-supported agency serving abused women decides to raise
money using a burlesque show, which clearly treats women as sex objects,
and anyone, including an aboriginal minister objects privately to a
staff person that this is both inappropriate, and an example of "white
do-gooders," he is simply stating a fact. His remark may be pejorative,
perhaps even rude, but it cannot be classed as racist."
Sale might have had a stronger argument is he bothered to get his facts right.
Robinson's email was not "private." He, himself, said it was "internal between myself and some staff members."
It was, in other words, official business.
And he did not comment on "white do-gooders" as Tim Sale claims. Robinson wrote about "the ignorance of do good white people." He introduced race.
generations of Canadians who had been taught that racism was prejudice
against other people because of their skin colour, this redefinition
literally came out of nowhere.
But, a few days later, up popped a bona fide academic to buttress Tim Sale's brand new definition of racism.
"What is racism?"
asked David Camfield, who the Winnipeg Free Press described as 'an
associate professor in the labour studies program at the University of
Manitoba, where he teaches a course on racism and work.'
"Once we understand what racism is, we can see that in Canada today white people do not experience racism -- on the contrary. White people as a group are not oppressed on the basis of their so-called race."
one denies some individuals who aren't white may have hostile
attitudes to white people (given racism and colonialism past and
present, is this any surprise?). The important point is such prejudices
don't carry a lot of punch in a society in which white people as a
group aren't oppressed. Such attitudes aren't manifestations of
we take a step back and see Robinson's email in this larger context,
it's obvious the allegations of racism against him are wrong and
See? You can't be racist to white people. Eric Robinson can insult white people all he wants and it's not racist.
Who is the academic proposing this revolutionary new definition of racism? It took seconds to find out. Google is your friend.
David Camfield is a proud Marxist who edits the New Socialist Webzine. Here's a snippet of an article he wrote:
rule can only come into existence through a social revolution that
puts ordinary people in genuine control of society through new,
radically democratic institutions – socialist democracy. Historically,
socialist democracy has only been established briefly and on a local or
regional scale, with one important and tragically short-lived exception: the Russian Revolution."
"short-lived", he means Russian Communism just after the revolution,
and ending in the Twenties. Ahh, the good old days of collectivism and
More? How about this abstract from a paper he published:
order to conduct better class analysis, we need class theory that
rises to the challenge of understanding class as a structured social
process and relationship taking place in historical time and specific
cultural contexts. The study of working classes as historical
formations requires the replacement of underdeveloped concepts with
theory adequate to the task. This theory should incorporate the
knowledge that class never exists outside of other social relations
such as gender and race, but is always mediated by those relations, and
vice versa. Marx, Gramsci, Thompson and autonomist Marxism, enriched
with the appreciation of the multidimensional nature of social being
produced by feminism and other perspectives arising from struggles
against oppression, provide important resources for the development of
such a theory."
That defender of anti-white racism is a Marxist of the first order. Now
you can understand where this redefinition of racism, with its emphasis
on oppression and overthrowing the capitalist world order, comes from.
But that wasn't all.
Google search turned up Camfield at something called The Fort Garry
Lectures in History, Department of History, University of Manitoba, at
which he introduced the keynote speaker, Dr. David R. Roediger, of the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Roediger's keynote address was titled "How Whiteness Travels: Recent Studies Beyond and Within the United States."
Yes, Roediger is an expert on Whiteness.
You remember Whiteness. You read about it here first in The Black Rod.
the academic theory that white people are privileged because they make
all the rules, and no matter how much they try not to be oppressors,
they can't help being oppressors blah, blah blah.
Or, simply, White people bad.
You can bet Camfield wasn't introducing speaker Roediger because he disagreed with him.
So, Robinson's academic defender is a flaming Marxist with a taste for Whiteness theory.
That rang a bell.
see Eric Robinson wrote his racist opinion as a reply to an email he
received from one particular government staffer, Nahanni Fontaine. We've
been writing about Nahanni Fontaine for a long time now.
back in 2008, for example, we outed her cop-bashing research partner,
Elizabeth Comack, yet another university of Manitoba professor, who
boasted of her Marxist roots.
You see where this is going. We kept digging.
We didn't have to dig far to uncover Nahanni Fontaine's interview with the Freedom Socialist Party of Australia. The what...?
"We're revolutionary feminists, both women and men, who are organising to replace capitalism with an environmentally sustainable socialist society — free of sexism, racism, homophobia — based on planning and workers democracy."
It was Fontaine's companion who caught our eye. None other than Leslie Spillett, who is, among other things, a recent appointee of the NDP to Winnipeg's new police board.
The Freedom Socialist Party of Australia loved them.
sees that “the lack of political analysis” in many First Nations
communities is “a really big problem.” We need to start talking about
capitalism, imperialism and globalisation and how these things have
She reflects, “the
children in Chiapas haven’t set foot in a school, but they know more
about political and economic systems than we do, because they have an
analysis of what’s relevant to their lives and they have some
consciousness of race and class.”
Back here in Manitoba, Spillett has also been an advocate of aboriginal apartheid.
Until they redefine that word, apartheid means separating people by race.
aboriginal people take over their own child welfare, Manitoba can
expect 20,000 kids in care 20 years from now, said Leslie Spillett,
executive director of Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc., an urban aboriginal social
development agency. "We have to be in charge of ourselves," said
"Most funding goes to four, big non-aboriginal agencies that serve mostly aboriginal people, said Spillett, the former clinical director at New Directions, the biggest of the four agencies. She'd prefer a "parallel development" funding model such as New Zealand's,
where indigenous Maori organizations receive 80 per cent of the
funding for Maori people, who use 80 per cent of the services."
Yep, separate but equal. We haven't heard that argument since the civil rights battles in the early Sixties.
Of course, that was before racism got redefined by the NDP and Martin Luther King's definition got tossed out with the trash.
So we have a
government minister sharing racist views with other government
employees in an email he never thought would be discovered by the
public. Coming to his defence, the entire government caucus literally cheers and applauds racism by their government officials, an ethics professor makes excuses for racism, and an academic redefines the word until it means that racism against white people is impossible.
in the white-bashing ideology of Whiteness and capitalist-bashing
ideology of Marxism and you have the toxic philosophies driving NDP
policy in Manitoba today.
Did you ever think you would live in a world where
- institutional racism was the policy of the government of the day,
- journalists defended the racist government instead of challenging and exposing its wickedness,
- university professors help redefine language to justify racism?
Welcome to Greg Selinger's Manitoba.
And we weren't even finished exploring the jungle yet.
We came across Nahanni Fontaine's masters thesis.
choose post-colonial and feminist theory to form the core or the
foundation of my research because I believe that for women oppressed by
the patriarchal system and for indigenous societies colonized by
Western powers they provide a sound mechanism at getting to one's own
historical, social, political, gendered and spiritual truth. It
provides researchers (or for anyone who is engaged in critical thought
for that matter) the authority to question, challenge and dismiss
Western patriarchal hegemonic ideals and legislative policies that
seek, in my opinion, to repress alternative views about the condition of
contemporary society and its causes."
In it Fontaine specifically thanks one of her mentors.
Susan Heald's teachings and discussions have provided me with a new
insight and a deeper in-depth analysis which has carried itself over from academia into the realm of politics and into the socio-cultural realm of my existence."
Who is Dr.Susan Heald? She teaches in Womens Studies at the University of Manitoba.
We checked Ratemyprofessors.com and discovered she's big on
post-structural feminism, one of the fringe branches of feminism out
Eyes glaze over.
We did research on post-structural feminism, so you didn't have to.
It's too obtuse to go into in much detail but here's a few highlights:
* Men oppress women
oppress women. Any word describing women is oppressive because it
carries connotations of submission and subservience to men because men
define those words to their advantage
* Even being a woman oppresses
women. Society needs to eliminate the concept of gender entirely or
else women will continue to be oppressed simply by being defined as a
even a subset of poststructural feminists---Queer theory
"feminists"---who argue that people are products of "social
construction" and "open to revision." These are the ones arguing
against heterosexuality as the "norm".
Poststructural feminists are the arch-enemies of post-feminists, sometimes called sex positive feminists.
The latter are modern women who have rejected the strident anti-male,
humourless and hairy feminists of the Seventies. Instead, they like
being women; they like dressing up, wearing nice shoes and make-up, and
attracting the attention of men (as long as they have the ultimate say
in how far a relationship goes).
They find their sexuality empowering and they express themselves in sexy outfits, bikinis, belly-dancing and, yes, burlesque.
Here, you see, is where the NDP's (and Tim Sale's) sudden concern about burlesque comes from.
Shrill post-structural feminists have become the voice of the NDP in its attack on women.
Marxism, Whiteness, Aboriginal Apartheid, anti-gender Poststructural feminism.
These are the bizarre ideologies driving policy in Greg Selinger's NDP.
Ideologies the NDP caucus wants to keep hidden from public view.