Extinction Rebellion’s Marilyn Swallow pours ‘oil’ – actually syrup – on Erin Taylor outside TD bank earlier this month. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Oil imagery takes protesting too far

The display from the front page of the News Bulletin was morbid to say the least, says letter writer

To the editor,

Re: Protesters occupy bank, decry fossil fuel investment, March 10.

The display from the front page of the Nanaimo Bulletin of the Extinction Rebellion activists in play happily pouring maple syrup upon a young woman covering her face in shame was morbid to say the least. Obviously the syrup represented oil and oil burns when lit. We should not encourage our young to follow an ideology that encourages self-deprecation, self-loathing and the culture of fatalism.

The right to stand up for the environment is noble but to build upon the possibility in play in self or voluntary immolation as the next step in protest to make a statement must be outlawed.

I blame the Western educational system for this because the same program is throughout. Teachers must make a stand against this otherwise in a small way I see them as complicit in their silence.

I have done many city hall delegations with the ideology that for the benefit of the Earth and ourselves we must become much more self-reliant, self-owned and self-determined in our own regions. Globalism and the dependence on world trade is the problem for the Earth, I always say. I am no longer welcome at city hall for delegations now.

Holden Southward, Nanaimo


The views and opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are those of the writer and do not reflect the views of Black Press or the Nanaimo News Bulletin. If you have a different view, we encourage you to write to us or contribute to the discussion below.

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