A Rant for Rick Mercer: The Problem With Gord Downie
Sometimes in this life, we have the rare opportunity to meet someone whose truth-saying, perceptiveness, and wisdom makes everyone around her better. I am deeply thankful for having the opportunity to have met Anna Marie Sewell many years ago, and though we do not see each other or speak often, I have followed her writing, and her blog. Here, she addresses something that has bothered me for quite some time, but that I have been unable to express properly, with the clear-sightedness she has.
I learn a great deal from Anna’s words, and am deeply grateful for them, and for the way in which they expose the blindness of privilege over and over and over again. Thank you. I know I need to peel those layers back and look hard at what they mean to do better, and I would suggest that all of us speaking and acting from a position of privilege would benefit from doing the same, ongoing.
This is process. Truth is process, and is painful in the depth of the unpleasant realities it exposes. I am grateful for it, however difficult.
Been listening in on your rants for years, as we all do.
Now I’ve got one for you, coming from a place of Cantankerous Love, on the problem with Gord Downie.
The problem isn’t Gord Downie.
He’s doing something brave, meaningful and relevant with his last remaining days among us.
That is laudable.
The problem is Rick Mercer; if i may quote this tweet:
The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund is part of Gord Downie’s legacy. If Gord says follow I will – @downiewenjack “
Rick, you will follow, if Gord says follow? That reads awfully like you don’t care about Indigenous folks, except that Gord is saying ‘care,’ so you’re doing so for his sake. One wonders, would you care if Gord weren’t dying?
It sure looks that way, and Rick, that’s…
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