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It's frustrating how much the popular opinion on Kenney shifted after the Mark Smith scandal.

And how so much praise is going towards white pundits (Adler, Gerson) who are saying the same things that those from the community have been saying since day one.

#ableg
#abvote
The shift is nice to see. I noticed the former press secretary to Harper agreeing that there is a problem. In addition, many conservative pundits are not acknowledging that Kenney caters to bigots.

I mean Adler has straight up said that him and Kenney are friends.
I hope that somebody writes an in depth essay that looks into *why* that was the tipping point.

Why wasn't the tipping point in September when Cindi Ross, a UCP candidate, said that mosques in her community were like 'jailing bank robbers in the vault.' The UCP defended her.
Why wasn't Philip Schuman a tipping point? He was running in Calgary Glenmore when it was revealed that he approached a Neo-Nazi instagram page - a page that shared holocaust "memes" and Anti-Black comments.

He offered to fund the page and help them reach local conservatives.
He lost the race against Whitney Issik and said in a facebook post, "Today was not a loss for me. Today was a win for the UCP."

Schuman is still a conservative activist involved with the UCP despite supporting Neo-Nazis.
Why wasn't the tipping point when Jason Kenney straight up said that white supremacists are welcomed in the UCP as members?

This completely blows my mind and showcases how embedded white supremacy is in our province by how he got by this unscathed.

thestar.com/edmonton/2019/…
The reason why those other cases were not the tipping point is because of the make up of our media, political class, and our provinces history.
Let's focus on media. No outlet wanted to write on Danielle Smith's support for a white nationalist. Why?

Because they have an unspoken rule to not write negatively about other publications. I've been told this time after time.

In addition, I saw no journalists grapple with or acknowledge the points made in this piece by @andraydomise

Instead, all the public comments I saw from journalists was defensiveness. Pretending that their coverage was ok.

macleans.ca/opinion/the-mo…
I wrote about this on my blog. One thing to point out is how so many of the stories refused to name what was actually being said by these bigots.

How can you solve a problem if you refuse to acknowledge that there is one?

bashirmohamed.com/blog/why-alber…
And let's not forget that the only debate in this election had an all-white journalist panel.

I've seen no journalists grapple with this either. Also, I don't think there is even a non-white journalists in the Press Gallery.

Our political class is just as guilty and complicit. It was only a few weeks ago that politicians (Notley) and commentators fought tooth and nail against the idea that Kenney is a bigot or intentionally supports bigots.

Thankfully, there has been a shift and politicians are no longer afraid to call out this problem. However, their complicity is why white supremacists, homophobes, and bigots are so common in our election.
We only need to look back on history to see the danger of this complicity.

The KKK's full name in Alberta was 'Invisible Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.'

'Invisible Empire' comes from those in power being afraid to support the Klan openly. So they had to be invisible.
This name was intentional. The Klan's power did not only come from their open bigotry but also came from the silent support and indifference of those in power and the general public.
I want you to take a moment and look at this photo. It is of a Klan meeting in Edmonton in 1932.

Look closely at those in the audience. This was the Klan. 'Normal' people who supported or were indifferent to their bigotry. Look at those faces.

Do you recognize anyone?
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