Diversity. Tolerance. Multiculturalism. Anti-discrimination. These are the supposedly universal values that inform our secular cultural canon. The words sound nice. The problem is that they're not actually "universal." Western societies -- Canada included -- exhibit zero-tolerance attitudes toward the vilification of certain minority groups. But it's no-holds-barred when it comes to bashing less politically fashionable constituencies.There isn't much new here, but at least we have a national newspaper that admits a simple fact: If tolerance, multiculturalism and anti-discrimination were supposed to mean equal treatment for everyone, special interest groups ended up becoming a lot more equal than ordinary Canadians.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Check out this National Post editorial, titled "Selective support for fashionable causes":