One of Justin Trudeau’s favourite platitudes is “diversity is our strength”. A vapid comment from the substitute drama teacher turned Prime Minister, that should have been just that, a comment. However, the Prime Minister has continued to parrot his favourite talking point, even making speeches that expanded on the idea that “diversity” in itself is what makes Canada great.
This little statement would be harmless if it weren’t for two major factors:
First, it is wrong. Dead wrong. Diversity is not our strength, decency is. Justin Trudeau confuses cause and effect here. A diverse set of people is the result of a decent society that values people by their content of character, not the way they look.
Consider this easy example: You have a hockey team and a basketball team. The hockey team is all black and the basketball team is made up of one kid from each race.
After each game the hockey team does 3 hrs of community service and good deeds, and the basketball team commits 3 hrs of street crime. Which team has better people?
The hockey team, although they are racially homogenous.
Now let’s say one of the kids on the hockey team moves out of town and is replaced with a white child. Yet the entire team, him included, continue to act in the exact same way as before. Has adding a white person made them better people? Of course not. Their actions define them.
Judging people by the colour of their skin used to be known as racism, now that has been replaced by insane ramblings from our institutions about privilege and power. “Diversity is our strength” is an inherently racist statement as it values you by your skin colour or religion.
Another minute of critical thought and it gets even more racist, as it implies that your value is determined by your skin colour in relation to the skin colour of all other people around you! That’s double the racism and half the individual autonomy.
Second, there is a growing part of the radical Left who use the term “diversity”, although they really mean “being anti-white”. No, not the entire Left, but it is undeniable that there is a radical element that is quickly seeping into the mainstream.
Look no further than the New York Times hiring of Sarah Jeong who’s twitter tirades against white people would even make David Duke blush if you changed her tweets from white to black.
There is a growing segment of the population that rightly or wrongly feel, like they are being attacked simply for being white. The relentless attack for the racist radical Left has lead to the rise of the counter argument “diversity is our weakness” a statement that is equally as wrong as its mirror, yet we can easily see its faults.
Just as it is the responsibility of conservatives and Classical Liberals like me to be on the front lines of the criticism of the Alt-right, the same applies to the reasonable actors on the Left when it comes to their crew of race-baiting authoritarian demagogues.
Trust me Liberals… it is easy to do, watch. Don’t vote for Faith Goldy, she isn’t qualified to be mayor of her apartment building let alone one of the greatest cities on earth.
I doubt anything in this article would have been controversial 10 years ago, let alone necessary to say. Most of us used to agree with MLK’s “I have a dream” speech, yet when Maxime Bernier articulated this exact sentiment, everything broke loose. He could not even get the Conservative Party to back his stance, even though the majority of Canadians agreed with him.
The diversity is our strength mantra has expanded outwards. Iqra Khalid, the MP behind M-103, used it as one of her hashtags when she announced that a park in Winnipeg would be named after the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. As most people know, the founding of Pakistan wasn’t the most peaceful event in world history.
Here is where things get difficult in our society. What’s wrong with Pakistani people? Nothing. What’s wrong with Pakistan? How about the fact that they legally treat Ahmadi Muslims as apostates making it impossible to practice their faith in Pakistan without being murdered of beaten with impunity.
This is the blind “cult of diversity” that Maxime Bernier referred to. People who will cheer the removal of a statue of Canada’s founder actually within Canada, while naming a park after a man with a much darker history, whose contribution to Canadian culture and history is zero.
So, if diversity isn’t our strength then what is? Our ideals. We are a nation with ideological values: kindness, decency, responsible government, these are Canadian values, not murdering sects of Muslims for not being Muslim enough.
We have now embarked on the dangerous path of historical revisionism, purging anything “offensive” from the history books. The tragedy of it all, is that this level of cultural destruction will hurt Canadians and immigrants all the same. There is so much in our past to be proud of, that if we choose to learn and understand these lessons, it will help us integrate those around us better.
Take for example, the work of our military in WWII. Near the end of a long hard-fought war the Canadian forces had a choice. Go along with the allied plan and take the easy route to Berlin through Belgium, or take the long way and go through the Nazi forces and liberate the Netherlands.
After seeing the horrors of the Nazi occupation and the mass starvation they inflicted on the remaining occupied territories to sustain their last stand, our ancestors chose to risk their life for the freedom of others.
13,000 Canadians lost their lives in that fight. A sacrifice the Dutch have not forgotten, but we soon may. These men fought for the ideal of freedom, and the people who aspire to it, not wealth or glory. It is through men like this, and those of us who memorialize them every November, when we dawn the poppy, that Canada draws its strength.
Now we live in a time where the simple questioning of this diversity narrative from the Liberals is enough to get anyone publicly defamed and slandered in the media.
It’s not healthy, and will slowly tear us apart. Conservatives like me, and Liberals who made it to the end of this article without wanting to destroy my life, need to get together for a public discourse. Because the ability to politely engage with those we disagree with is true diversity, and that is a source of strength.