Can we no longer just grieve?
It seems like today with every cause comes with an asterisk. Someone popping up to tell us to feel bad about the fact that we feel bad.
The most recent case of this?
See this gross and poorly timed comment by Nora Loreto.
I’m trying to not get cynical about what is a totally devastating tragedy but the maleness, the youthfulness and the whiteness of the victims are, of course, playing a significant role.
— Nora Loreto (@NoLore) April 9, 2018
Nora’s following tweet was that “I don’t want less for the families and survivors of this tragedy. I want justice and more for so many other grieving parents and communities”.
Unfortunately, I struggle to see how she could be attempting anything other than the delegitimization of a national tragedy on the basis of the most disgusting and divisive identity politics. When Nora points out the whiteness, the youthfulness, or the maleness of the victims, how can she be doing anything other than trying to undermine the nation’s sympathy?
Furthermore, it seems like Nora has missed out on why so many Canadians are so aggrieved about this story.
It’s not because they are white or male.
It’s because they were young and on a team trip. Regardless of your gender, age, or skill level, that is a kind of experience to which most Canadians can relate very well.
It doesn’t matter that it was hockey match; it could have easily been a football tournament, a chess competition, or a Model UN conference.
Many of us remember the sometimes frightening drives in the middle of storms, just to experience what we loved with our teams.
I personally never felt safer, and I know some of the happiest moments for my family were during those many competitions.
To now see 15 lives taken during such a relatable moment… well that truly hits home. To now undermine that pain for the sake of identity politics is simply disgusting, and frankly I would claim that it is out of touch with the vast majority of Canadians.
If Nora wishes to advocate for unrelated causes, then she should stick to that instead of attempting to take cynical advantage of the sex, age, and race of the victims of a truly national tragedy. This is not a zero-sum game where her causes can only win by undermining everything else. It’s not always about you.
*Update: Since the time I wrote this Macleans has made a public statement. It notes that Nora was a freelancer and not an employee.
This is the statement from @macleans re Nora Loreto’s ill advised tweet re the #Humboldt tragedy. Writers like her are basically shouting All Lives Matter when the focus is not on their own pet narratives. It’s heinous and misses the point entirely. #cdnmedia #cdnpoli @NoLore pic.twitter.com/IB4YT1u67d
— James Di Fiore (@jamesdifiore) April 13, 2018
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