There were numerous errors in judgement made in the handling of the meeting with Ms. Lindsay Shepherd, the TA of the tutorial in question. In fact, the meeting never should have happened at all. No formal complaint, nor informal concern relative to a Laurier policy, was registered about the screening of the video. This was confirmed in the fact-finding report.
The root problem of ideological infiltration within Canadian institutions still exists, but it’s nice to know that we haven’t yet reached the point of no return. As long as dialogue is kept open and non-discriminatory, we can trend back towards a fair and free society where no ideologue has the power to shut down others.
Uri Harris wrote a fantastic analysis explaining Canada’s recent transition away from critical thinking towards Critical Theory. The whole article is worth a read, but I want to emphasize this paragraph in light of CBC News’ recently aired reaction to Lindsay Shepherd:
A similar change can be observed in the news media. Not long ago it was generally accepted that news reporting was a purpose in itself. Yet, as the ideas of Critical Theory have gradually crept into the media, news reporting has become less about objective reporting and more about painting oppression narratives. It’s increasingly no longer sufficient to simply report the news, it must be framed in a way that serves the higher purpose of fighting oppression.
Seems like Martin Luther King’s dream of judging people by their character rather than the colour of their skin is still just a dream in Canada.
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