Dana Larsen is one of Canada’s New Democrat politicians running for office in British Columbia. His Facebook profile states that he is:
“passionate and committed to doing the right thing. I have faith in the human spirit and optimism in the face of adversity. I believe that we can re-create the world at any moment.”
He expressed a message of sympathy for the Japanese earthquake and tsunami victims on his Facebook page. How nice.
Where is his sympathy for the 50,000 Americans in poverty with NO health care and NO safety net that everybody in the high and mighty middle class always forgets about who die each year because of that preventable tragedy — a tragedy that was not caused by nature but by man? A tragedy which did not have to be but for the greed of the middle and upper classes whose votes outweigh the poor’s and who refuse to pay for social programs for the “undeserving poor” in our “I’ve Got Mine Fuck You” sorry-assed “democracy?”
Where is his sympathy for Vancouver’s missing and murdered women from the impoverished Downtown Eastside — all whom were poor and had troubled lives — most whom are First Nations women fleeing poverty and abuse on reservations directly caused by inter-generational trauma from genocide on First Nations peoples?
And where was Larsen’s sympathy for a local First Nations community when a well-respected and beloved elder, 71 year-old George Antone, was brutally shot to death in his home?
There is a notable difference between the many who died in the earthquakes and tsunami that struck Japan — something beyond anyone’s control — versus the many who die in the US from poverty, no welfare safety net, and lack of health care; or the many in Canada who die because it’s “open season” on poor aboriginal women.
The many who died in Japan’s recent natural disaster were not targeted with policies of “Benign Neglect” because they were poor and vulnerable and therefore “less than.” They were not targeted as part and parcel of an ongoing systemic genocide. They were not hewn down in cold blood for no apparent reason. And that is precisely what makes the murder of a tribal elder, the murders of hundreds of poor First Nations women across Canada, and the preventable deaths of the poor in the US for lack of access to health care and lack of any social safety net far more tragic.
But as usual, the poor — most whom are women, many who pay the ultimate price with their lives for the status crime of Living While Poor — get no sympathy or attention from the media and political hopefuls. Instead, the only sympathy marginalized poor people get is in the dictionary: between “shit” and “syphilis.”