On January 20, 2017, the world changed, and the fight for Democracy began.
“As a writer living so close to our American neighbour, the country’s pulse beats so loudly, its sound is heard around the world, but never clearer than here in Canada. During Trump’s first 365 days in office, that pulse was, and still is erratic but remains strong. This was the year that Americans fought for America, unlike any other struggle in their recent history.”
In his first work of non-fiction, Canadian novelist and poet, k.g. Sambrano keenly observes and scribes the phenomenon known as Donald J. Trump, and America’s struggle against his policies, his history, and often the man himself during his first 365 days in office. This is a collection of twenty-two carefully selected essays written contemporaneously spanning from the time of Trump’s Muslim ban and firing of James Comey, to the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, and eventually culminating in the arrest of a Louisiana school teacher, Deyshia Hargrave, in the examination of violence and intolerance under the Trump banner. Click here for more information.
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.
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”→