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Champions of Diversity Unite: The Quest to Censor Free Speech in Cowichan Valley

by Westward Independent
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In the spirit of The Westward Independent’s commitment to truth, wit, and a dash of irreverence, let’s dive into the curious case of the disappearing newspapers. It appears that a few of our local champions of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) have taken a rather exclusive approach to the concept. This elite squadron of the “ideologically pure” has embarked on a valiant crusade against our humble newspaper stands. Their mission? To ensure that the only diversity seen is the one they endorse—a noble cause, surely, if one’s aim is to audition for the role of Irony in its next big screen appearance.

No, this isn’t the first time. See our last article regarding this here: https://wwind.ca/sabotage-turned-solidarity/

A Touch of Irony

One can’t help but marvel at the zeal with which these self-appointed guardians of community values work to rid the world of our publication. Their method? A gallant sweep of the local businesses, ensuring not a single copy of The Westward Independent remains to corrupt the minds of unsuspecting readers. It’s a classic tale of heroism, really, if one squints hard enough and ignores the blatant disregard for freedom of expression.

The delightful irony of the situation is that these are the very individuals who would stand on the highest soapbox to champion DEI—yet, when it comes to diversity of thought, their tolerance seems to take a precipitous nosedive. One must wonder if they realize they’ve become the embodiment of the ‘systemic discrimination’ they so vocally oppose. But perhaps that’s the plot twist—they don’t.

The Casualties of War

Let’s spare a moment to consider the real victims in this saga: the local businesses and, by extension, our beloved community. These businesses, which have thrown in their lot with us by distributing our newspaper, now find themselves unwitting combatants in this ideological skirmish. It’s a peculiar form of warfare, targeting one’s own allies. Yet, here we are, witnessing a battle where the weapons are our newspapers, and the battlefield is the local coffee shop. Who knew the printed word could be so terrifying?

It’s particularly amusing, in a tragic sort of way, that the same folks who rally against privilege are unwittingly flaunting their own. To decide unilaterally whose voice is worthy of being heard is a privilege of the highest order. Yet, it seems this particular privilege is perfectly acceptable, as long as it’s wielded by those who profess to fight against it.

(Artist’s sketch of the perpetrator’s based on witness reports)

A Rallying Cry

In light of these events, we at The Westward Independent call upon the sturdy, resilient folk of the Cowichan Valley to join us in a collective eye-roll followed by a determined stand for genuine diversity. That includes the diversity of thought, opinion, and yes, even the diversity of local newspapers.

Let’s embrace the rich tapestry of ideas and perspectives that make our community vibrant and dynamic. After all, if we can’t chuckle at the absurdity of censoring a newspaper in the name of inclusivity, what can we laugh at? Let us not allow the actions of a few to silence the many. Instead, let’s continue to engage, debate, and yes, even disagree. For it’s through this rich mosaic of interaction that we truly embody the principles of DEI—principles that apply to all, not just the select few who believe they have the monopoly on moral righteousness.

To our intrepid newspaper vandals, we extend an invitation to dialogue. Perhaps over a cup of coffee (one not spilled in the act of newspaper removal, ideally). Let’s discuss the merits of true diversity, including the diversity of thought and the fundamental importance of free speech. After all, we’re all part of this community, a community that thrives on its diversity, resilience, and, most importantly, its sense of humor.

The Westward Independent remains dedicated to being a voice for all, a platform for debate, and a reminder that in the grand tapestry of life, every thread has its place—including those that might seem out of place at first glance. Let’s not lose sight of the absurd, the ironic, and the unequivocally human as we navigate these turbulent waters together. After all, a little laughter might just be the light that guides us through.

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Paul O'Rorke March 20, 2024 - 9:14 am

Thank you for presenting this in such an honourable way.

I think the humour and touch of irreverence the perfect poultice to dress this wound in our community.

I hope that this causes some self reflection and changed behaviours.

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