When did the left be­come so right?

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Our life and times

In my life­time I have wit­nessed great mo­ments re­gard­ing rights for women, mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism, im­mi­grants and sex­ual iden­tity. I was proud of our demo­cratic dis­cus­sion and tol­er­ance.

We worked hard over the last 50 years to en­sure that even if we didn’t like an opin­ion dif­fer­ent from ours, opin­ions made for dis­cus­sion to make Canada bet­ter. Now all th­ese years later, we have uni­ver­si­ties that do not al­low speak­ers with an opin­ion dif­fer­ent from the cur­rent norm.

Men­tion­ing that a Trump pol­icy may not be that bad now la­bels peo­ple as racist. Ques­tion­ing, not even dis­agree­ing, with Canada’s pol­icy on is­sues such as im­mi­gra­tion or sex­ual iden­tity now la­bels peo­ple as prej­u­diced or racist.

It is so­cially ac­cept­able to wear a T- shirt with swear words but wear­ing one with “Make Amer­ica Great Again” or even a red hat, now la­bels that per­son racist. Good, kind, fair Cana­di­ans are now ques­tion­ing things be­hind closed doors, afraid to ask ques­tions openly for fear of be­ing la­belled un­favourably.

Our left­ist thinkers of to­day need to flip back in time to 50-100 years ago. The right-wing thinkers of the time would only tol­er­ate their way. Now their opin­ions are con­sid­ered op­pres­sive. This is what even­tu­ally hap­pens to any group who feels their ways are the only way. In 2017, we end up back where we started all those years ago, la­belling and peo­ple fear­ing the reper­cus­sions of open di­a­logue. Bring­ing back fear and in­tol­er­ance is not the way to so­cial progress. Car­rie Ni­chol­son, Hamil­ton

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