Bruce Atchison - author

Elvis Costello

This line from an Elvis Costello song is applicable in so many situations. We all have incidents from years ago which still give us pain when we think about them. But must we carry these burdens for the rest of our lives?

At the risk of angering people, I can’t help but notice that the groups which keep proclaiming their grievances seem not to notice that society is changing. For example, the racism of white Americans toward black folks is far less than it was fifty years ago. Yet certain individuals, who stand to benefit from the unrest going on, continue to claim that they’re discriminated against.

Likewise, discrimination against native people has greatly decreased. But though wrongs are being apologized for by governments, particularly the Federal Government of Canada, the race card is still trotted out when native bands are criticized by the rest of society. The recent protests…

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