As you know from my last post, the community of Humboldt, Saskatchewan is reeling after a devastating bus accident took the lives of 16 people, sending 14 to hospital. As we struggle to comprehend what happened, our province, our country, and really, the entire world, have come together to support these families, including making donations to the Go Fund Me campaign.
Unfortunately, sometimes a tragedy brings out the worst in people. Nora Loreto, a freelance writer who has been published in Macleans Magazine and the Globe and Mail, made a sickening comment on Twitter:
Now listen, I know I am speaking from a place of white privilege. I know that I do not have the same experiences as those who come from a marginalized community, race, etc. But I will tell you one thing: this is not the time or place for this bullshit.
I do not deny that our country, and most certainly our province, need to deal with the systemic racism that has plagued our history (including recent history). But what happened on Friday had nothing to do with race, gender, or age. This was not an attack based on somebody’s misguided ideologies. This was an accident. A horrible, devastating, tragic accident, that took the lives of 16, and forever changed many more.
Nora has gone on to try to defend her words, but lets face it, she’s just making it worse:
That’s right: she’s attacking Stars Ambulance, a non-profit. Come on, Nora, this is ridiculous.
Not surprisingly, Nora has faced a lot of backlash, a lot of which disgusts me, as any and all who can are practically frothing at the mouth to respond. Contact Macleans and the Globe and Mail, and implore them to cut ties with her. Be angry at her. But do not make threats. That doesn’t help.
Be the kind of person that our community needs you to be.