When did the left become so right?
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