Threats aren’t justice

Posted: May 3, 2007 in Caledonia, DCE, Deseronto, Headlines, Natives

Some folks reportedly compare Mohawk dissident Shawn Brant to Mohandas Gandhi, whose tactics of peaceful resistance helped propel India to independence 60 years ago.

But there is nothing “peaceful” about taking over a quarry that someone else has been operating. There is nothing peaceful about shutting down a railway line, forcing thousands to find other modes of transport. There’s nothing peaceful about threatening more disruption – perhaps to provincial highways, infrastructure or a nearby town. Gandhi-like, this behaviour ain’t.

The news media frequently misuse the term “peaceful” to describe the sort of protest Brant’s gang has choreographed, thinking that because no blood has actually been shed, nor blows exchanged, that no violence is occurring. That’s fuzzy thinking: the threat of violence is implicit in any blockade or forced business takeover.

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