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Between images of citizens braving the winter snow to bring weary convoy truckers a hot beverage and shots of the massive Ottawa crowd spontaneously singing “O Canada,” it’s difficult to pinpoint a “best moment” in the Canadian protests that have captured the world, but Rebel News Publisher Ezra Levant believes he’s found it.
As a Rebel News reporter tries to pull a comment from one protester who was holding a sign that read “F–k UR White National Agenda,” a bystander stepped up to set the record straight, and in doing so, he captured Twitter’s hearts.
This is by far the best moment of the day. 👇 pic.twitter.com/1QeIY3cQVE
— Ezra Levant 🍁 (@ezralevant) January 29, 2022
“I am not a white,” the man said. “This is nothing to do about ‘white.’ This has nothing to do with truckers. This is about freedom for all Canadians. You can be brown, black, white, blue — whatever color you want to be — but this is about freedom. And Trudeau has no right to put us in this condition of mandates. Throughout the country, children are not going to school. It’s a terrible thing to do. ”
And just like that, in one 30-second clip, any attempts to paint the Freedom Convoy or those protesting at the nation’s capital as a racially-motivated mob were crushed as praise for the anonymous man poured across Twitter.
Rebel News Managing Editor Sheila Gunn Reid was quick to chime in, calling the guy with the sign a “soy-addled clown.”
TFW: You realize the Sikh trucker beside you is going to make you look like a soy-addled clown on live TV. pic.twitter.com/GUZyAtAjqU
— Sheila Gunn Reid (@SheilaGunnReid) January 29, 2022
Others were pointed to the blatant hypocrisy of those protesting the protesters, asking Toronto Star columnist Evy Kwong, who tried to double-down on the “protestors are racist” narrative: “How many houses of worship were burned by anti Roman Catholic/Xtian bigots?”
"White Supremacists" "Black and Indigenous people are killed and attacked." How many houses of worship were burned by anti Roman Catholic/Xtian bigots? How many statues destroyed by racist mobs? "Free pass." 🤡https://t.co/89eA4QISNf
— Exkoubitoron Omega (@Exkoubitoron800) January 30, 2022
But most people were inspired by the Sikh trucker, calling him a hero and adding their message of unity to the many uplifting responses.
This is the greatest thing I’ve seen on Twitter in a LONG time
— Stu Carruthers (@SJCarruthers89) January 29, 2022
— S O M E D A Y M A N 🍸 (@i__poet) January 29, 2022
I’m Asian, and I’m heading to Ottawa tomorrow…💪
— Jacob (@Jacob43817149) January 29, 2022
We’re proud members of the “small fringe minority” with “unacceptable views.” 😂 #FreedomConvoy2022 pic.twitter.com/og4bfU2vFF
— Samuel Sey (@SlowToWrite) January 29, 2022
It is clear that what is happening in Canada is resonating around the world.
Increasingly, people are pushing back against the notion that anyone who disagrees with vaccine mandates, Critical Race Theory, or affirmative action are somehow dangerous white supremacists.
The Freedom Convoy is replete with a GoFundMe account and food drives to feed the truckers and their dogs. The grassroots movement has shown the world that people are united, they are inclusive, they do care, and, when they determine they have had enough of government overreach they will stand together to take their country back.
Many of those protesting are not against the COVID vaccines, they are against the visible trends toward segregation and tracking individuals as they attempt to go about their daily lives.
“They could have said ‘hey Canada, our goal was 80% and we just hit 90% vaxed! Thanks for being awesome! Now that we have early treatments available we will move into a different model & open things up,’ posted one Twitter user. “Instead, they put in vaxpass, segregation, and tore the nation apart.”
They could have said " hey Canada, our goal was 80% and we just hit 90% vaxed! Thanks for being awesome! Now that we have early treatments available we will move into a different model & open things up."
Instead, they put in vaxpass, segregation, and tore the nation apart.
— Liberty enjoyer (@ArthurCleroux) January 29, 2022
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