@Ugo Nomed “You People”

“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” -G.K. Chesterton

Hundreds of thousands of Canadian soldiers have given their lives in the last century for “you people” to live in this great country.

On November 11th we pay tribute to their sacrifice and remember the soldiers who made our freedom; including the freedom of speech, possible.

It is because of them that “you people” can write whatever it is you wish on social media, it is because of them “you people” are free to express and follow whichever religion, sexuality, belief or ideal you choose to; free of persecution.

On November 9th 2019 Don Cherry spoke the words:

“You people… you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple bucks for a poppy or something like that. These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price.”

He is not wrong.

The words “you people” don’t translate to “immigrants” in my vocabulary. But it did for the tens of thousands who brought their complaints to the attention of SportsNet and multiple social media platforms.

“You people” to me represents ANYONE who enjoys the freedom we are given in Canada without a second thought about the cost of that freedom.

“You people” targets those with a total disregard for how we pay our respects to our servicemen.

Don Cherry was not disrespecting Canadian soldiers of different ethnicities. His comment was directed to ANYONE purposefully not wearing a poppy but enjoying the freedoms our country provides.

However, if you were one of the humans who got offended and saw it as “racist” or “xenophobic” all I can say is…

….if the skate fits, go ahead and lace that b*tch up and wear it.

We have a Prime Minister who openly mocks minorities with countless “black face” party tricks. He has discriminated against and disgraced women in his cabinet and breaks promise after promise to our aboriginal population. But a true Canadian PATRIOT rather un-gently encourages the public to wear poppies in remembrance of veteran sacrifice and he is fired from an iconic career.

I ask anyone who was offended by Don Cherry’s words to walk down to your local Legion right now and ask a veteran why they did what they did.

When the vet is finished explaining, I want you to explain to them why Don Cherry’s words offended you personally.

You won’t.

“You people” will have no way to justify your easily offended feelings after hearing a vets selfless response of why they risked their own life for our country and the freedom “you people” take for granted.

“You people” owe every Canadian veteran your life, but because of their sacrifice your life will likely never be called for collection.

The least “you people” could do is give them your respect.