Giving us a black eye

Editorial

e all saw the result of it during the unfortunate riots of June 15. Young men and women acted and reacted in a way they probably never thought they would and the result was a huge black eye for Vancouver and British Columbia.

The scary thing is many of these idiots came downtown with the intention of causing trouble and turning things ugly. It had nothing at all to do with hockey it was only the excuse.

Mob mentality was responsible for the death of Reena Virk and the rape of a young woman at a party on the mainland. Taunting each other on is what they do and no “macho” guy would dare not participate. It is what causes riots and death and destruction in all parts of the world and one would have thought, as Canadians, we are better than that. I guess we aren’t. Combine testosterone and alcohol and a “supposed” cause and you have a volatile situation no one would want to wade into.

Hats off to those who showed up to clean up and let the world know that this is not who we are as British Columbians. The acts of a few tarnish our reputation and it is pretty sad that this is where we have come to. Those people who participated and looted and set fire to vehicles have likely never been oppressed, hungry, jailed of their political beliefs or had to live in a tin pot dictatorship. They are spoiled, self-absorbed and an embarrassment. They are so vain they had to take photos of themselves stealing, burning and acting like goons.

Shame and guilt is likely not in their makeup, but a good criminal conviction and restitution would suffice.

Just Posted

Sixty Sooke homes needed to host Japanese students

Homestay program offers visitors a taste of life in Canada

PHOTOS: Hundreds gather in downtown Victoria for Extinction Rebellion climate protest

The rally is the kickoff to the Global Climate Strike Week of Action

Church bells to ring for 11 minutes in support of Global Climate Strike

Each minute to signify years left to drastically reduce greenhouse gas pollution

Hundreds of foreign species continue to wash along B.C. coast following Japanese tsunami

The Royal BC Museum is home to thousands of samples collected along the west coast of North America

Lone wolf eating seal and howling away on Discovery Island

Fun facts about Takaya the wolf, like his a 36-hour tour around Chatham, Discovery Islands

PHOTOS: Young protesters in B.C. and beyond demand climate change action

Many demonstaers were kids and teens who skipped school to take part

Walmart to quit selling e-cigarettes amid vaping backlash

U.S.’s largest retailer points to ‘growing’ complications in federal, state and local regulations

Former B.C. lifeguard gets house arrest for possession of child porn

Cees Vanderniet of Grand Forks will serve six months of house arrest, then two years’ probation

How to react to Trudeau’s racist photos? With humility, B.C. prof says

‘We are now treating racism as a crime that you cannot recover from’

‘I’d do it again,’ says B.C. man who swam naked, drunk in Toronto shark tank

David Weaver, of Nelson, was drunk when he went to Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto on Oct. 12 2018

VIDEO: Fire destroys Williams Lake strip club targeted by past arson attempts

Diamonds and Dust Entertainment Lounge destroyed by fire, as well as New World Tea and Coffee House

SOOKE HISTORY: Remembering Sooke’s 1953 soccer team

Elida Peers | Contributed When Milne’s Landing High School opened in 1946,… Continue reading

Trudeau seeks meeting with Singh to apologize for blackface, brownface photos

‘I will be apologizing to him personally as a racialized Canadian,’ Trudeau said Friday

Sixty Sooke homes needed to host Japanese students

Homestay program offers visitors a taste of life in Canada

Most Read