“I’m gonna dress you up like the Mother Queen
Fuck you up like you’ve never seen.”
– Serge Fiori, from Crampe au cerveau
It’s just a bunch of letters in Quebec, it seems. It’s meaningless.
Sure, there are many who believe the white man needs to reconcile with the Indigenous Peoples of Quebec and Canada.
But for some of them, leave their statue of John A. Macdonald alone. That’s where they draw the line at reconciliation, apparently.
Never mind that Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister, may have built the nation through genocide of Indigenous Peoples and Chinese people. Never mind that a statue in a public square is a constant reminder of that genocide to so many.
Some fans of the statue — which has been vandalized several times over the past 15 years and even beheaded, most recently on Saturday past when it was pulled down — want it restored and put back up on its pedestal, where it has been lording over all who pass by for 125 years. This despite pleas by some Indigenous people and supporters to drop it in the river or move it into a museum or a warehouse.
Yes, British Imperialism is alive and thriving in French Quebec, despite all efforts by separatists here to stamp it out.
Most mind-boggling of all is the fact some of those separatists and other francophones — whose ancestors were defeated by the British in Quebec and mistreated for generations — are calling for the statue to be put back as well.
The message seems to be: They don’t care what John A. Macdonald did to Indigenous Peoples, and if the statue is rubbing the genocide with all its horror and grief in their faces, so be it. The statue means more to them than Indigenous Peoples do.
The uproar over the statue has once again revealed the hypocrisy of the white man, both English and French. And their sense of British Imperialism, apparently.
It doesn’t surprise me so much coming from the tea cup crowd, who still fawn over the monarchy.
But francophones, too?!
Merde . . .