I don’t like Justin Bieber. Not as a human being (I have no idea what kind of a person he is). I just could never stand his whiney little girl’s voice. That voice made him an undisputed idol of millions of whiney little girls and their equally whiney moms. Having such a base made any criticism of his “art” a dangerous endeavor.
So, when the Canadian Indians attacked him, I thought that would be the end of his squeally reign of terror. Unfortunately, after reading the details, it turned out the anger was caused by different reasons.
In an interview for Rolling Stone, among many other things he stated:
“I’m actually part Indian. I think Inuit or something? I’m enough percent that in Canada I can get free gas.”
Yes, he is not very bright, Indian and Inuit is not the same thing. He could’ve used the word “Eskimo”. However, the free gas bit was what made the natives mad. I suppose it was his lame attempt at a joke.
But, as it always happens when the Indians want to exploit somebody’s faux pas, they blew up his words out of proportion. They made him sound like an evil white settler, who attacked the docile natives.
High native officials had the following to say:
“These kinds of remarks are another example of what Aboriginal Peoples in Canada struggle with every day. It promotes the misconception that we are somehow getting a free ride. This simply is not the case and we are concerned that many people may believe what he said.”
That was from a statement of the National Chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples Betty Ann Lavallee and vice-chief Dwight Dorey.
Of course, many natives (who work) don’t get a free ride, especially those outside of the “reserve system”. However, the Indian Act industry is a totally different picture. Let’s start from the organization, which condemned the girls’ idol. What exactly is “The Congress of Aboriginal People”, which has a national chief? I’ve never heard of it. What is the difference between it and “The Assembly of First Nations”?
It’s not that hard to guess the answer – it’s most likely one of the numerous organizations created to siphon off the billions of dollars provided every year by the Canadian taxpayers. The money disappears like in a black hole without any accountability. Isn’t that a textbook example of a free ride?
Even the Canadian courts help to maintain that corrupt system. The chiefs in Attawipiskat managed to turn into nothing over $90 million provided for development of their reserve. Even David Copperfield can’t perform such an elaborate trick. Yet recently a Federal Court declared it was wrong for the government to send an auditor to that reserve. Apparently, the stealing can continue with the court’s blessing. Isn’t that a free ride?
Everybody knows that the Indians don’t pay taxes on the reserves. That doesn’t give them free gas, but they get a substantial discount. The same applies to the stores they operate there, which often offer goods far below their retail value. Theoretically, only holders of a Status Indian Card can shop there, but it is a poorly hidden secret that they’ll sell to every outsider, who shows up there. Neither the mainstream media, nor the police, nor Revenue Canada have the guts to stop that.
The cigarette smuggling industry on the reserves is notorious. The natives often operate illegal tax-free smoke shacks outside of the reserves (like in Caledonia) and the police have never done anything to shut them down.
And those goodies are just the icing on the cake of the billions in subsidies, grants, transfers, and handouts that the reserves get. Of course, the money often doesn’t reach the people at the bottom, but nobody in the government or the band councils wants to disturb that nirvana of corruption. And those, who dare to criticize the situation, are immediately labeled racists.
Justin Bieber was treated like an ignorant kid, who “doesn’t know the facts”. The Indians spared him the racist label, but they still want an apology.
The vitriolic reaction shows that even an ignorant person can say something that’s true. Bringing out that fight over spending in the open makes Bieber little bit more likable.
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