Imagine I tweeted out the following message: “Please God, give me the strength not to kill black folks today.” Would you think I was a hateful racist, maybe even a KKK member?
If so, you’d be justified and I’d likely be fired from this podium with good reason. Such a hateful tweet, suggesting only divine intervention could stop me from killing people of a specific race, is beyond the pale.
Then there’s Yusra Khogali, a.k.a. Yusra Ali, a Toronto Black Lives Matter organizer who back in February tweeted this message:
“PLZ Allah, give me the strength not to cuss/kill these men and white folks out here today. plz plz plz.”
Jerry Agar of Toronto’s Newstalk 1010 broke the story. Yusra removed the tweet but not quickly enough. A keen-eyed observer archived it and complained to Toronto Police despite their claim that no one did.
The day before this tweet hit the news, Premier Kathleen Wynne informally met with Yusra’s group outside Queen’s Park promising a formal face-to-face meeting soon.
Let’s take inventory of the fallout of Yusra’s outrageous tweet: First, Yusra hasn’t apologized. Second, another BLM spokeswoman now blames the media for focusing on the wrong message. And third, after dithering for 24 hours, Premier Wynne announced she’ll still meet with the group because Yusra’s vile racist tweet should be ignored due to “systemic racism” or something.
The day this story broke hundreds of Ontario tow truck drivers were at Queen’s Park demanding a meeting with Wynne over new regulations they say will adversely affect their industry. They were completely ignored.
Here’s my free advice for them: Employ a visible minority Muslim spokesman invoking the name of Allah while contemplating killing members of a specific race.