TheStar: Rob Ford promises to attend Caribbean Carnival
For my friends of colour who insist racism is still a huge problem in Toronto, I give you exhibit A: Rob Ford. With his actions today, Toronto's white trash bigot of a mayor proves that homophobia is still far more fashionable than racism. What's worse, the virulent homophobes who make up a portion of the black community will take Ford's attendance at their festival just weeks after snubbing the batty boys as further "proof" that hating gays is, indeed, okay in Ford's Toronto.
Twenty years ago, a mayor like Ford wouldn't have been caught dead at something like Caribana. Such is the mindset of our bigoted, anti-mayor. But today, Ford sees the value in sucking up to certain communities in Toronto, namely the suburban minorities who refuse to accept that discrimination based on race can only be wrong as long as discrimination based on sexual orientation is also wrong.
Of course, Ford's mantra is to pick and choose which parts of society he'll respect and which parts he'll disrespect. He, like most conservatives, divides up the populace and plays favourites. He shows respect to his base and nothing but disdain for the rest.
Of course, Ford's base isn't as stable as he'd like it to be. He forgets his 47% of the vote in October 2010 was trumped by a divided 53%. The opposition won't be so divided in 2014 after four years of broken promises and/or deteriorating city services.
Ford's message today: discrimination based on sexual orientation and disrespect for LGBT people is A-okay. The contrast couldn't be clearer.
My message to non-homophobic Ford supporters: SHAME!