Sunday, February 10, 2008
The news that the North Shore is adding 6 officers who will focus on problems of alcoholism and addictions on reserves is welcome and not to be discounted.
These RCMP and West Van police are necessary and we can only hope that they will help.
But I know of no other way to put this gently.
Until aboriginal families abandon their "traditional" "non-judgmental" ways, these nightmares will continue.
Non-judgmentalism has been all the rage in almost every aspect of the dominant white culture for several decades now. Child rearing, education, psychology, every corner of society has raised the BE NICE flag.
Certainly yelling and screaming and criticising and beating each other and our children is downright bad and counter-productive.
But another meaning for judgment is care. Asking the one you judge to take himself to a higher standard. Having high and hopeful expectations.
Like, being clean and sober. Like, doing well in school.
White, urban, middle-class bores have long cited the admirable qualities of native non-judgmentalism.
Perhaps it's time for some aboriginals to notice with envy the demands that many other cultures put on their children to succeed and to be proud of themselves and their successes.
Yah, I know. This is a racist rant.
Posted by David Berner at 8:57 AM