Just change a couple of words.

Linda Larson, MLA for Boundary for Similkameen asked aloud questions and wonders why people may find offence.

I’ve changed a couple of words in the story so she may better understand why it’s just slightly offensive:

The original story is here: http://www.castanet.net/news/Penticton/170511/Politician-won-t-say-sorry

Politician won’t say sorry

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An Okanagan politician is refusing to apologize for musing about when the legacy of Holocaust will “burn itself out.”

During a health parliamentary committee hearing late last week, Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson wondered: “How long do you think before the legacy of the Holocaust finally burns itself out of the Jewish people?”

Later in the meeting she added: “How many generations is it going to take before the words ‘Holocaust’ no longer play a part in how people feel?”

The NDP demanded she apologize to Jewish people. Instead, Larson pushed back.

“At that committee meeting we were talking to the health authority about how we can help people. I’m surprised and disappointed that (B.C. NDP leader John) Horgan would try and use my comments for partisan purposes,” she said in a statement.

Horgan says Premier Christy Clark should demand Larson apologize for her “insensitive” remarks.

“A question like that reveals remarkable insensitivity on the part of an elected representative toward the tragic experiences suffered by Jewish people during the Holocaust,” Horgan said.

“We should never forget what happened, so that we can ensure nothing like that ever happens again.”

Horgan also noted Larson is the premier’s parliamentary secretary for rural education, and saying these comments is particularly troubling coming from an MLA with responsibilities for Jewish children in the school system.

Larson did acknowledge the tragedy of the Holocaust.

“What happened with the Holocaust was an absolute tragedy. There was and continues to be horrible consequences to peoples’ lives because of the Holocaust. I know too many people in our community who have suffered,” she said.

I wrote this to the Penticton Herald:

My response to the paper:
 
A response to Linda Larson
I was shocked to read BC Liberal MLA for Boundary Similkameen, Linda Larson’s comments and her lack of understanding why First Nations people and others with a developed sense of decency would find them to be insensitive and ignorant.
Like if she had said, and I’ve just changed a couple of words to her original quote, “How long do you think before the legacy of the Holocaust finally burns itself out of the Jewish people?”
or
“How many generations is it going to take before the words ‘Holocaust’ no longer play a part in how people feel?”
Are people’s feelings about a subject related to body count?
In 1948, the UN definition of genocide was determined to mean:
(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group
When your own government holds ceremonies to respect and honour the needless genocide against the Jewish people of Europe in the 1940s, you, Linda Larson, should consider the genocide committed against First Nations, right in our own back yards, up until the very last day, the very last residential school closed its doors.
Shame on you Linda Larson.
 
Joey Jack
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