OPINION | The Trial of Donald J. Trump: America’s Moral Imperative

It has been 856 days since the afternoon 32-year-old Heather Heyer was murdered by a white supremacist who drove his car into a group of counter-protesters in Charlottesville. It’s been 857 days since Donald Trump proclaimed that there were “very fine people on both sides”, referring to the group who chanted “Jews will not replace us!”. Continue reading “OPINION | The Trial of Donald J. Trump: America’s Moral Imperative”

The World “Sucks” Because of Trump: the War on Transgender Military Personnel

Wait. Close your eyes. Is it just me or do you feel it too? Ask yourself, what is the source of this horrendous weight? The evisceration of environmental safeguards? The withdrawal from the Paris Accord? The only answer is—the world literally”sucks” because of Donald Trump.

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OPINION | Why Trump’s Alternate Reality is about to Vanish

Pick any half decent science fiction film. They always muck with the timeline—Back to the Future, Star Trek, Terminator. The premise is always the same—something catastrophic occurs in the distant past, the hero must return to fix it, and when the pivotal moment arrives, the hero must choose a different path in order to repair the timeline. Trump has proven that he does not watch science fiction, as he habitually repeats the same feckless loop resulting in a presidential timeline that can never be repaired. Continue reading “OPINION | Why Trump’s Alternate Reality is about to Vanish”

Opinion | Heather Heyer and the price of justice

Today, I can write that Heather’s Heyer’s assailant, James Field Jr., is a murderer.  Many had thought it, people had tweeted it, but now it’s official. At age 21, he will be sentenced as any murderer should.

In Trump’s long tunnel of madness, Charlottesville is but a speck in the rearview mirror. But many will recall the incident—the pain, the anger, the sudden sense of helplessness and loss that will not soon be forgotten. Still, some may argue that as Canadian living thousands of miles away, I’m on the fringe. No, I didn’t know Heather Heyer, but both our nations appreciate the stand she took, and the ultimate price that she paid. Continue reading “Opinion | Heather Heyer and the price of justice”

OPINION | The Day America’s Leader Forgot to Mourn

I am a bystander trapped in time along with millions of others. It’s Heather Heyer’s memory that keeps us here. It is the very worst version of Groundhog Day but without the happy ending. Yes, it’s been one year since that Saturday afternoon when I first heard the news, saw the footage. Big strong men aren’t supposed to cry, but there are exceptions. Continue reading “OPINION | The Day America’s Leader Forgot to Mourn”

Opinion | Free Speech, Intolerance, and Violence in the Age of Trump

President-elect Donald Trump walks to take his seat for the inaugural swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Friday, January 20, 2017. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

We first noticed it while Trump was still a presidential candidate. It continued into his presidency and seemed to have culminated with the events of Charlottesville, Virginia. While many may think I am referring to racism, I’m not. I’m referring to what may be a pillar of racism—intolerance. The most recent example may be the arrest of a female schoolteacher during what would have been an otherwise peaceful meeting of the Vermilion Parish, but for the fact that a woman dared to challenge the “white” mostly male establishment. But we’ll get back to this.

Deyshia Hargrave, Vermillion Parish

In Brampton, Ontario a public meeting also took place where a female heckler disrupted the meeting, walking to the front of the room to confront the male speaker, a Sikh. She continued to rant and interrupt the meeting for a little over four minutes as she physically and verbally chastised the speaker. He took control of the situation by speaking of an inclusive Canada where nobody is left behind leading the audience as they chanted, “We welcome you, we support you and we love you.” No violence. No arrest. No handcuffs. No joke. Welcome to Canada.

By way of contrast, let us return to Vermilion Parish where a woman at a school board meeting and is granted an opportunity to speak, during which time she is not unruly or disruptive in the least—not raising her voice or even making threats yet halfway through her questions she is forcibly escorted out by a Deputy Marshal. Seconds later screams emanate from the hallway where the woman is on her knees as the Deputy Marshal attempts, and eventually succeeds in cuffing her and removing her from the building. Continue reading “Opinion | Free Speech, Intolerance, and Violence in the Age of Trump”

Recap of Articles from June 17 to October 21, 2017

 

Recap of articles from June 17 to October 21, 2017

Opinion | Where is Heather Heyer?

It’s moving too fast. Things are getting lost, shuffled to the bottom of the deck. The media has adopted a “hit and run” approach to events and people like Heather Heyer have become the victim, both figuratively and literally. In August, a white supremacist drove his car through a crowd protesting against hate. Sadly, Heather Heyer, only 32 years old became the victim of the very thing she opposed.

So often the big things, the life-changing moments become buried in the covfefe of a president who thrives on obfuscation and celebrity. These are drugs to him, on the level of opioids, the coverage of which has also been lost to obscurity, but one tragedy at a time. Continue reading “Opinion | Where is Heather Heyer?”

Opinion | War, Distraction, and a Dying Administration

My friend Karl blew things up. His most famous explosion was the baby carriage in the park. The off-camera screams still ring in my ears. Film school is a special kind of place. Karl had a daily mantra—the bigger the explosion, the louder the applause. Karl did not become president of the United States, Donald Trump did, and with very little difference between the two of them. Continue reading “Opinion | War, Distraction, and a Dying Administration”

Opinion | Trump’s Populist Agenda Alive and Well in Charlottesville

The incident captured by a cell phone on Saturday afternoon showed a car careening through the crowd of anti-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. Mr. Trump might as well have been behind the wheel sporting the license plate “WINNING”. The American people are not yet tired of winning, as prognosticated by Mr. Trump, rather they are tired of losing at every single turn and it’s beginning to show in the country and the president. The cracks are obvious. In my mind I see Trump’s small hands wrapped around the base of the Statue of Liberty, not sure if he is protecting it or stealing it. Flip a coin. Continue reading “Opinion | Trump’s Populist Agenda Alive and Well in Charlottesville”