I think this week, of all weeks, is a week for grace. It’s a week to watch an inane video of One American mocking Canadians and to realize, No one person fully represents any people group. Shepherd Smith’s views of Canadians may be highly visible, but they don’t represent the attitude of (all) Americans toward (all) Canadians. Heck, I’m pretty Justin Bieber and Alex Trebec are Okay “at television”.
You can take a moment to laugh, cry or rage.
Okay. My favourite part is “They still say ‘hello’ over there. And they’re going to say ‘hello’ for a long time”. To be honest, I’m not even sure what it means–is not saying ‘hello’ a thing? I do know a lot of Canadians who don’t say ‘hello’. They say ‘bonjour’ because Canadians speak French and drink maple syrup and live in igloos.
As an American and a faux Canadian, let me be the first to say, this is goofy. Mr. Smith does not speak for America. In the same way, let’s be careful when discussing or thinking about last week’s bombing not to lump people into categories: “All” Russians, Muslims, Chechens…As Mr. Smith so aptly demonstrated, doing so makes you look pretty daft.
What can we do to counteract prejudice and hate? Well, my awesome brother Mark had a great idea. He created a blog of (North) Americans showing their love and support to Muslims brothers and sisters. Stop by and check out the pictures or join us by posting your own!
It’s been a rough week. Let’s all take a moment to appreciate the hilariousness of Justin Bieber + Screaming goats.
Also, way to go RCMP for keeping Canadians safe!