Racism and hate have not place in Cowichan Valley

Racism and hate have not place in Cowichan Valley

“If this flag offends you, I’ll help you pack”

Racism and hate have not place in Cowichan Valley

Today I passed a man shopping in one of our local grocery stores. He was wearing a t-shirt of a Canadian flag that read, “If this flag offends you, I’ll help you pack”.

I was offended. In fact, I felt quite mad. I value our right to freedom of speech. This man has every right to express his opinion. And so do I. And to this man I say, “Sir, we are all living on stolen Indigenous land. And if this statement offends you, we’ll all help you pack. And we’ll help you pack your racist t-shirt of hate and your white male privilege entitled arrogance with it.”

Racism and hate have no place in the Cowichan Valley — or anywhere for that matter.

Kendra Thomas

Duncan