I used to think that this city is pretty accepting and liberal but the events of this afternoon has just changed that...
It's ironic that just a few hours ago in a sociology class I defended the fact that rampant racism is a thing of the past especially on the west coast BC, and that whoever complains that they're "discriminated" against are overstating the facts and they only happen in the US of A...
but a searing reminder of the reality of some people out there just hit me today in the form of road rage.
some green pontiac van with your average white mid 20 male at the wheel with his girlfriend or sister and his friend cut me off and I gave them a warning honk. In the US maybe at worst I'll get shot with a .45 for voicing my disdain at having to stand on my brake because someone failed to shoulder check. But no where in NA would I imagine it would result in having someone spit on my car, dump a bottle of gatorade on my car, referring to me with the terms "China man, and chink" or suggesting that I should "go back to China" at a stop light. Maybe he was just demonstrating to his girlfriend that nobody is going degrade his masculinity while he's driving and I calmed myself by saying he's just saying stuff like that cause he's lost it. But I would've thought us west coasters have come a long way from those dark days and that terms like muthaf*(Cker or other assorted (@#)(words are enough for our vocabulary when we lose control.
Anyways, perhaps the most pathetic thing was how they tuck tail and run when I call the cops and they ask my why I wanna call the cops when I wanna play games and I tell them cause I'm a off duty peace officer and I don't carry around my cuffs or baton when I'm off duty. All they could say is "I don't care" and back up and drive off.
Could our city ever be a world class city as long as visitors or even residents are threatened in a way like that? It's no wonder everyone LOVES Canada but no one RESPECTS it when you got cowards who have deep seated hatred who runs when their views are challenged.
anyways... hate to let this be the first post in this new format for the forum which btw, IS befitting for a world class group of riders