Are You a Colonialist Settler?
Words have power. Over the last few years, we have seen this proven more powerfully than at any other time in history. Not only have traditional meanings been upended and reversed, but new vocabulary has been created to shift meaning and gain political and social advantages over others. The radical left is good at this, and it has recently gained more power than at any other time in its century long struggle to end democracy and destroy western culture.
The “C” word
One of the best examples of this is the campaign to shame whites and elevate minorities, especially indigenous people. I know what you might be saying, and I agree. We must be fair when we make a statement like that. First, indigenous people had, and still have, unique cultures that have existed in North America for thousands of years. Those cultures should be honoured in every way. We should also admit that past policies against indigenous people were sometimes destructive, prejudicial and harmful. However, that approach to the issue is not being used. Instead, something else is taking place, and it is not good. An example of it was told to me by my sister who works in social services. She told me that the youth are using a new “C” word. We all know the old and vile “C” word that refers to a certain part of the female anatomy. My sister told me that the new “C” word is “Colonialist.” An enraged youth used it to insult her, and she told me that troubled youth are now using it with the same vehemence and hatred they once reserved for the original word. What does all this mean?
New Expressions of Hatred and Loathing
It means that language has been weaponized. There are new swear words, new expressions of hatred and they are not the ones you think. The two new ‘swear words’ that have arisen most recently are “Colonialist” and “Settler.” They are used to demean those who are not indigenous (let’s be honest here, we are talking about whites). In this new and false reality people of European descent should live in perpetual shame and guilt. The word “Settler” implies that you don’t belong, that you have “settled” on land that doesn’t belong to you. You are an interloper, regardless of how long you or your family have been here. The other unstated implication is that you should give back what you have stolen. And this, of course, implies that you are responsible for all the crimes of the “colonialist” past. You, and all that you own, are part of the criminally ill-gotten gains of your ancestors. That’s right. You are personally responsible for imperialist and “colonialist ” practices that were historically universal, not exclusively European. You should pay for that.
You Are Neither A “Colonialist” Nor A “Settler”
But the truth is that you are neither a “Colonialist” nor a “Settler.” Neither of those ‘swear words’ applies to you. Using them is inaccurate, inappropriate and offensive. Here’s a personal example. My mother is French Canadian. Her family came to Quebec in 1677. With that kind of history, they could hardly be considered settlers. They (we) have been living in Canada for 346 years. The word “settler” as applied to us, is ridiculous. In fact, if you think about it, indigenous people could have moved up from the United States during the American revolution and settled in Canada. Compared to my family, who had already been there for a century, they would be the newcomers. Who then could be most accurately be described as “settlers?”
What Does “Colonialist” Mean?
“Colonialist” is a now a derogatory term for white people and, by extension, all things European. It is a new form of bigotry devised in a time when we had hoped such bigotry would be over. There are times when you must speak the truth, and in the jumbled, inverted and corrupted times we live in it is more necessary than ever to speak the truth and call out delusion. Even though other world empires had colonies and grew empires, such as the Chinese, Middle Eastern people or Africans. No one calls these people “Colonialists.” Racism, bigotry and human rights violations have been practiced everywhere in virtually every country by all peoples throughout history, yet the derisive term “Colonialist” now seems to be especially reserved for those of European descent. In the end it is just bigotry. Ironically, the progressive left not only finds it excusable, but laudatory.
What’s Behind This ?
The objective of all it is to eradicate western culture and suppress “Whiteness.” It’s an interesting term that. It can be applied to almost everything and seldom needs to be justified. The far left doesn’t so much single out individuals (although they do that too) as blame the amorphous concept of “Whiteness.” That term that can be manipulated, massaged and reused until eventually you get what you want. Everyone knows what the left means, and everyone knows what a so called “colonialist” is. The goal behind it all is to end western culture and replace it something else. With what you ask? With a DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) state controlled by far left woke intellectuals. Personally, I can’t think of anything more frightening.
If that happens everyone loses. We (and by we I mean rational, reality based, conservatives ) lose because we are persecuted. Our history is “memory holed” our traditions are eradicated and Canada becomes a place of governmentally approved lies, (in the name of removing “Colonialism,” itself a lie). Delusion reigns supreme. False narratives abound. Diversity is injected into situations where it never existed (Netflix is notorious for this. The series “Bridgerton” and “Queen Charlotte” are full of minorities placed in historical contexts, they could never have been in.) Christianity or Judeo-Christian ethics are minimized, persecuted or eliminated. Everyone loses when the truth is crushed and bigotry wins.
But They Lose Even More
But those who rage against the “colonialists,” such as radical leftists, extremist progressives and minorities lose as well. No one wins. They live in a world of lies and falsehood that does not benefit them. They never know their real history, only the false version they are told. They become more bigoted than ever, persecuting others in the name of justice, while not realizing that they are now part of the bigotry they once protested. And they end up attaining an importance they do not deserve, holding positions they are not entitled to and helping to further a false world in which everyone suffers.
Truth is the Key
The key to solving this is the truth. Speak about history as truthfully as possible backed up by the evidence at hand. Don’t lie and don’t “memory hole.” In the end everyone will benefit, and we should all begin to practice this as soon as possible. If you are of European descent, start by refusing to accept the term “Colonialist” or “Settler” when it is applied to you. You are neither a colonialist nor a settler. You are a Canadian, a free citizen of a western democracy. That is the truth, and that is where the narrative should end. You have every right to be proud of your nation and to learn its real history and they have no right to slander you or call you names. Those who call you a “Colonialist” deserve to be condemned for their falsehoods, and you deserve to be proud.
Mainly true and another great editorial as per usual. Regarding “Canada becomes a place of government approved lies,” I suggest one difference. I suggest Canada is ALREADY a place of government approved lies. Recently the Covid lies and fear mongering, the trucker and unvaxed demonizations, that we don’t know what a woman or man is, we don’t know when life begins, etc. Then there are the second greatest LIE ever perpetrated on mankind, the evolutionary theory of a singularity to the total complex universe as supposed truth, the rejection God and Scripture as the source of truth and a lot… Read more »
Thank you for the courage, to speak out on this issue. When I was a boy we had a saying , ”Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”. It seems to me in these days of accusatory language, that the sticks and stones thrown are coming from the woke faction, the silly social justice ideologues, the so-called disenfranchised. There have been some choice phrases thrown at indigenous people over the years. But these have almost disappeared, in my observation. What we are seeing is a reverse racism, based upon, not surprisingly, skin colour. I am worn… Read more »
I think we are all feeling the burden of the untruth being spun by the woke mob and, if I may say so, the Canadian government in supporting woke ideology. As whites we know that we are now being discriminated against and that Euro Canadian history and the European culture in general is being crushed and, in some cases, eliminated. This is not what was advocated by MLK and the Civil Rights movement! There are, however, new champions arising. I recommend Heather MacDonald’s book “When Race Trumps Merit: How the Pursuit of Equity Sacrifices Excellence, Destroys Beauty and Threatens Lives.”… Read more »
Thanks for this excellent post! One of the battles in our current so called ‘progressive’ cultural environment is the need to carefully consider the words we use and hear. This is extremely tiresome and frustrating for the reasons you mention, as the left have weaponized language to such an extent that it makes one wary of saying anything! But we must take language back and use it as it was originally intended. To inform and discuss. To solve problems and debate ideas, not to bludgeon someone into submission. We must be accurate and careful with the words we use so… Read more »
You make great points here MIke. I am one of those finding things to be “ extremely tiresome and frustrating”. Your grace in your remarks is welcomed and I hope that we will see a better day.
You can’t imagine how tired and frustrated so many of us are, myself included. Yes, Mike’s remarks were indeed full of grace. I think, though, that we have passed a certain point and are now engaged in a life or death struggle for truth and the future of our nation. In such a struggle we must not just hope for a better day we must be willing to give our all to achieve victory and believe in our ultimate triumph no matter how hard it may seem at times. Victory! Winston Churchill once said “You ask what is our aim?… Read more »
I think the most important part of your comment Mike is that we need to be the voices of truth and take back our culture. We are engaged in a “reconquista” now, a reconquering of our nation after the forces of Wokeness have overcome and distorted it. It’s a worthy and noble cause.
Thanks so much Perry for writing this articulate and accurate editorial. Speaking for someone working and resisting within the system, this post provided much needed relief to actually see the truth in writing. It is so difficult working in this complete madness and working to help others both within and without to see the need to resist with every cell in our being. The fight is real and it has never been so important.
Yes. You are absolutely right! As people blithely go on with their lives, anesthetized, apathetic and self satisfied, this most heinous of crimes, reminiscent of the Soviet regime keeps rolling on. Resist! Resist with every fibre of your being.
The truth will.set us free. Well said!!