Common sense slogan shouldn't be offensive

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “PrideWestern using chalk inappropriately”
Oct. 17, 2007

To the editor:
Maybe hate is a family value for Jon Elliot or maybe he just doesn’t know what Pride Week is supposed to stand for. Pride Week is about standing up and standing proud against a long history of homophobia and hate crimes against gay and lesbian people, and celebrating our right to gather and be a community.

The LGBTQ community has a lot to be proud of due to the leaps and bounds in human rights made by the Canadian government. (We know it’s not perfect " there was debate about blood donations just a couple days ago " but it’s a lot better than the 1970s).

Since the policy banning opinionated chalk messages has not been passed, there was nothing wrong with PrideWestern’s choice to write its slogans on Concrete Beach.

Besides, what does it matter to you, Jon Elliot? It rained on Tuesday and Monday’s messages were washed away anyway.

“Hate is not a family value” is simple common sense. Common sense should not be offensive.
"Sarah Wong
Political Science & Philosophy IV

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