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Offline Squidward von Squidderson

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Re: The Official Opposition thread (was O’Toole thread)
« Reply #15 on: December 16, 2020, 02:21:55 pm »
It was without a doubt a political cheap shot. My question is, was what he said factually accurate?

The people who started these schools thought they were doing the right thing, what they became and what was done to these kids by many of the people running the schools is another matter.

We judge these people through eyes 150 years later. No doubt people 150 years from now will sanctimoniously judge the things we say and do according to their standards. I doubt we will measure up.

The first residential schools were instituted a mere 47 years after slavery was abolished in the British Empire. Racism was fashionable at the time, the Empire was at its height. These were people of their time acting according to the conventions of their time. As abhorrent as we find these things now, it doesn't make them bad people.

You’re simply wrong.  They were not created just for education.  They were made to destroy indigenous culture, which cause irreparable harm.  It doesn’t do any good whatsoever to try and sympathize with the colonizers.  It just makes him look like an awful person with backwards views.  Canada was wrong then and it’s wrong now.
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