Seven levels of privileges.
The Prime Minister of Canada, official idol, Justin Trudeau has ruled his humble country for six years now, propelling his Liberal Party to the height of power. Dashing, daring, handsome.
Oh, the 50-something got into trouble with bad publicity like when photos have surfaced of Trudeau wearing the highly banned blackface not once or twice, but three times. At the time, he said, he didn’t understand the harm he had caused because of “the layers of privilege that I have.”
And also yesterday, when he spent Canada’s very first Truth and Reconciliation Day surfing in Tofino.
The day was meant to “honor lives both lost and destroyed by our country’s appalling treatment of our indigenous peoples,” and many were frustrated by the choice of Prime Minister.
According to the Toronto Sun, “Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc, the First Nations community near Kamloops, British Columbia, where the bodies of 200 children were found buried outside a residential school, tweeted that they had issued two “sincere” invitations for the Prime Minister to commemorate this day with the survivors and their families.
Political analysts imagine the snub will worsen the riffs between Trudeau and Canada’s Indigenous community.
Conservative Party of Canada spokesperson Chelsea Tucker said: “Truth and Reconciliation Day shouldn’t be treated as a public holiday, but that’s what Justin Trudeau did.”
Trudeau, for his part, remained silent, possibly hooting his brothers into drums, perhaps paying homage to ancient Hawaiians.
Hard to say.
Back to the layers of privilege, however, I have the good idea to take a good dive of seven layers of privilege for college football tomorrow Saturday.