During celebrations leading up to Remembrance Day, Canadian ice hockey commentator Don Cherry made remarks on live television questioning immigrants’ dedication to Canadian values.
He specifically saw a stark contrast between people’s celebration of Remembrance Day in rural Canada compared to urban Canada.
After noticing how so few people in downtown Toronto wore poppies—artificial flowers that are sold to raise money for Canadian veterans — Cherry sounded off last Saturday.
You people … love our way of life, you love our milk and honey. At least you could pay a couple of bucks for a poppy. These guys paid for your way of life, the life you enjoy in Canada. These guys paid the biggest price.
After much backlash from angry journalists, political pundits, and viewers, Sportsnet confirmed that Cherry was fired from Hockey Night in Canada on November 11, 2019.
Canadian nationalist Faith Goldy was one of the few people to come to Cherry’s defense.
She tweeted, “Our nation’s love of hockey is, in part, what hurts us. Our eyes affixed to the TV, we do duty, loyalty, and in-group preference in teams as opposed to by country. Don Cherry dared to discuss immigration during a hockey game and got fired. This is the wake up call Canada needs.”
Our nation’s love of hockey is, in part, what hurts us. Our eyes affixed to the TV, we do duty, loyalty, and in-group preference in teams as opposed to by country.
Don Cherry dared to discuss immigration during a hockey game and got fired.
This is the wake up call Canada needs. https://t.co/U1zgg6PFhx
— Faith J Goldy ✝️ (@FaithGoldy) November 11, 2019
Cherry’s remarks may have been abrasive to the politically sensitive, but they open up some uncomfortable questions that must be addressed.
On top of that, there’s also questions about social alienation as large waves of migrants come and effectively displace traditional communities.
Political scientist Robert Putnam’s book Bowling Alone argues that diversity is not a strength and in fact erodes social trust and creates social tension in many communities.
This is important because mass migration is part of the sacred religion of multiculturalism that has taken over the West during the last few decades.
Additionally, Cherry’s firing shows how ingrained outrage mobs are in Western culture. Free speech, no matter how controversial it is, is something that should be embraced by both political actors and civil society.
Once that falls apart, a society is well on the path to PC tyranny.
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