Listening to several radio stations throughout the week, I was appalled and insulted as a spokeswoman for the African Canadian Organizations, Sandra Carnegie-Douglas, tried to suggest that the only reason that the politicians are acting on gun violence now is because Jane Creba was white. I must say, Mrs. Douglas, that is the most racist thing that I have heard in a while. In making such a statement without putting the proper amount of thought into it simply discredits you and makes people stop listening.

To suggest that the outpouring of grief that we have seen is because Jane Creba is white is simply off the mark and I personally take it as an insult.

While you may be correct in your observations that nary a tear has been shed for many of the black victims in the past year, I can assure that the reason for that has nothing to do with the colour of their skin. It is perhaps because Canadians simply do not know how to mourn people who are killed as a result of living in a decadent lifestyle whose reward is most often an untimely death. To simply put it in English, most ordinary people figure if the hoods want to kill each other, let them. That attitude, which I do not share, is simply an attitude born out of anxiety and frustration. If there was a war going on between rival white gangs, I can’t see the general population being any more sympathetic to drug dealers being shot down. If the white community were silent in the face of it, the police would be no more able to put a stop to it than they are today.

Now, onto some hard evidence that you, Mrs. Douglas, are either an opportunist trying to move ahead in the occupation of black political mouthpiece or that you simply do not know what you are talking about. In August, I wrote an article regarding the sorrow that I felt over the murder of Delroy Darling. He didn’t stand up and point fingers, he simply did what he could to help the neighbourhood and his community. He dug in and got his hands dirty to help the youth that he loved. He wasn’t looking to score political points like some in the black community, he simply gave a damn. I wrote a story in his honour, and yes, Mrs. Douglas, I knew beforehand that he was black. If you would care to look them up, you will find many Torontonians cared and were calling for action way back then.

Also in August, when a 4 year old boy was shot in a drive-by shooting, the public was outraged. Toronto’s police chief Bill Blair immediately shuffled officers from other districts to increase the police presence and manpower available in the neighbourhoods where the gang presence was most felt. These decisions were made even though it was known that the shooting victims were black. As well, it must also be said that arrests were made quickly. The reason for this was simple. Many in the black community, the community most affected, came forward to aid police and this is the most important thing that can happen.

Not only are the charges that have been leveled a total fallacy, but by them being leveled at all, those voicing the accusations reveal their ignorance at the whole reason why Toronto feels compelled to attend this vigil. While it may have begun as a memorial to Jane Creba, it quickly expanded as a memorial for all of the shooting victims in the city in 2005. As well, it was packed with emotion for another reason. Torontonians have finally been backed up to the wall by the thugs that are terrorizing them and they have had enough. People talk in many different ways, but not everyone hears what they are saying.

As for the politicians, the fact that they are now mobilizing also has nothing to do with whether Jane Creba was white, black, or green. The simple reason is this: January 23. That’s right, it’s election time. There is nothing racial about a ballot, but it is the only true motivator for those folks.

If the activists, if that is what they want to call themselves, in the black community truly want to help the poor oppressed black persons, then they need to be a uniting force of the type of the great Martin Luther King. His greatness wasn’t obtained by his murder, but by his speech and his heart. His dream was for all to be equal. Today’s activists take another road. They are divisive and level accusations at their political foes. Their pettiness is unbecoming.

I find their accusatory tone to be as unacceptable as the violence that is ripping our city apart. I’ll give Mrs. Douglas some free advice. Put down your microphone and pick up a spatula. Take off your photo-op suit and put on an apron. Now go and take up where Delroy Darling left off. Dig in. Maybe then you will be able to truly make a difference.

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