Saturday, August 22, 2009

"Things would have been different if I were white"

When I heard the story of Suaad Hagi Mohamud, I just knew that at some point the Ceeb would find a way to exploit it to disparage the Conservative government.

Then, when I read this article, I just had one reaction, and apparently it's a reaction shared by many of the commenters on the CBC story:

What colour was the skin of the person who first detained you? Yes, it matters.

I'm going to be quite frank - the headline is misleading and the article was misleading because it attempts to smear the government with a perceived racism where none existed. It wasn't our government who stopped her from getting on the flight.

I'm not going to say that our government is pristine in all this, but what I am going to say is that the blame for her missed flight first lies with Kenyan security personnel, and secondly with the consular officials who made a judgment call in agreeing with Kenyan security that she wasn't the person in her passport photo.

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