Oh. My. God. Sometimes it is so embarrassing to be from Quebec: Quebec singer calls CBC ‘racist’ after francophones cut from broadcast. I mean, the artist did get a bit of a shaft (such is the nature of the business…get over it), but I think his describing francophones as the “white Negro” of Canada is going WAY too far. What is he implying, exactly?

Recently Quebec’s “language police” tried to fine an Irish pub for decorating their establishment with those classic “Thank Goodness for Guiness” posters. Oh, why? Because they’re only in English, and therefore exclude francophones. Why, might I ask, does a person set foot into an Irish pub in the first place? It is obviously not to feel more French. See: Quebec language police pressure Montreal bar over posters.

You know I don’t even want to get into this because the ongoing francophone struggle to define itself in Quebec is, at times, frustratingly mind boggling. Culture is, by nature, something that evolves. It is something that represents its people in an organic way. It is foolish to try and preserve a culture by forcing an ossified mandate on a society: it at once ceases to be a true culture.

Maybe I don’t completely understand how the francophone culture is being eroded by anglophones. But xenophobic language battles like these ones make me – a bilingual anglophone in Quebec – feel unwelcome. I love Montreal, and I’m proud to be living here. I spend my life promoting the city’s – and province’s – culture with The Dears, and I don’t intend to stop.

4 Replies to “101”

  1. It’s good to read another perspective on the story. The media can be deceiving sometimes. Thanks for including this.

    It’s weird that we’ve all somehow created a “hostile” climate here in Quebec where, apparently, nobody feels welcome, yet we all want to stay.

  2. I agree that culture is something that should evolve and I found that paragraph of yours very interesting. It makes me wonder what a guy like Frantz Fanon would’ve said about the general situation were he still alive to witness it.

  3. Yep, I was going to point out the same thing. The real issue was that someone was denied service in French at McKibbins. The rest of the story is bullshit put forth by the pub, people, the media, etc, etc.

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