WaPo op-ed desperately links ‘Freedom Convoy’ to the old stand by – white supremacy

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An opinion piece in The Washington Post is outrageously and baselessly accusing the Canadian truckers’ “Freedom Convoy” that is protesting COVID mask mandates of being rooted in the country’s settler-colonial history and is tying it to white supremacy.

“In recent weeks, a convoy of truck drivers from across Canada began arriving en masse in Ottawa. The ‘Freedom Convoy’ traveled to the Canadian capital to protest new vaccination requirements for essential workers crossing the U.S.-Canada land border,” author Taylor Dysart wrote at the Washington Post.

“The convoy has amassed significant support; its (now removed) GoFundMe raised more than $10 million (CAD) and it has been celebrated by several center-right and right-wing public figures, including Elon Musk, Joe Rogan and former president Donald Trump. The Freedom Convoy now touts itself as an “Anti ALL MANDATES Movement,” desiring to remove all public health mandates,” Dysart added.

“While the convoy’s supporters have characterized the protest as a peaceful movement, uninformed by ‘politics, race, religion, or any personal beliefs,’ many supporters have been associated with or expressed racist, Islamophobic and white-supremacist views. When Tucker Carlson of Fox News interviewed Benjamin J. Dichter, cementing his place among the movement’s leaders, Dichter rambled and likened Canada’s western provinces to ‘a third-world country,’ due, presumably, to immigration. In Ottawa, various reports captured maskless protesters brandishing Confederate, Nazi and ‘Trump 2024’ flags. Police have launched dozens of criminal investigations and made at least 20 arrests, including for carrying weapons in a public place and assault,” the piece asserted.

“The primarily White supporters of the Freedom Convoy argue that pandemic mandates infringe upon their constitutional rights to freedom. The notion of “freedom” was historically and remains intertwined with Whiteness, as historian Tyler Stovall has argued. The belief that one’s entitlement to freedom is a key component of White supremacy. This explains why the Freedom Convoy members see themselves as entitled to freedom, no matter the public health consequences to those around them,” the author mind-blowingly contended.

“Canada’s history of freedom then, was founded in the unfreedom of Indigenous people. This dynamic has been unnoticed and misconstrued by organizers, attendees and supporters of the Freedom Convoy. On the GoFundMe, the organizers claimed: ‘We are a peaceful country that has helped protect nations across the globe from tyrannical governments who oppressed their people, and now it seems it is happening here … We are doing this for our future Generations and to regain our lives back.’ They are advancing a settler colonial genealogy that deploys the language of ‘freedom’ and ‘unity’ while engaging in actions that are harmful and violent,” the WaPo hit-piece slanderously argued.

These are talking points that are being used on the left, by the media, and by those who want the “Freedom Convoy” stopped. Protesters from a number of racial backgrounds are taking part in the demonstrations, notably Sikhs, so the argument that this is about white supremacy seems flawed.

Many feel that everything that the left doesn’t like now is somehow all about white supremacy:


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