I’d never heard of Tears for Justice founder Gladys Radek before I read an article in the Winnipeg Sun yesterday penned by reporter Dean Pritchard.
After doing a google search I learned Radek is an Aboriginal woman from Moricetown, British Columbia who won a law suit against BC security guards after she made allegations she suffered some form of “systemic racism.”
Since winning the lawsuit Radek has become an activist organizing walks to raise awareness for missing and murdered First Nations women, an issue close to her heart as her own niece Tamara Chipman disappeared from Prince Rupert, BC in 2005.
Radek was in Winnipeg yesterday lending her voice to the protests of approximately sixty (60) people who demonstrated at the Law Courts yesterday expressing their objection to the controversial Shawn Lamb plea bargain.
In voicing her disgust, Radek departed from the popular moral question regarding the issue of paying a serial killer for a confession and took us down the tired path of victimization and racism. “Systemic racism is alive and well when you can hand down a sentence like this,” said Radek.
“As far as they are concerned it’s just another dead Indian. Enough is enough. We want justice.”
Although its unclear who Radek is referring to, the “they” in her inflammatory statement surely includes the Police and Crown Attorneys.
“Just another dead Indian.”
I can’t even begin to tell you how sick I am of hearing these brainless declarations.
The sad thing is, people like Radek truly believe these repugnant allegations and hold on to their beliefs despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. That’s the problem with the victimization mentality, it has no room for logic, common sense or truth.
Does Gladys Radek have any clue how hard the men and women assigned to the WPS Homicide Unit work to solve the killings of, “Just another dead Indian.” Does she know that Homicide Detectives often work up to thirty-six (36) hour shifts to resolve the senseless killings of, “Just another dead Indian.”
Does she know that Homicide Detectives sacrifice healthy sleep requirements, family functions, holidays, birthdays, parent teacher nights and countless other important events so they can work on murder cases of, “Just another dead Indian.”
Does Radek know that in 2004 the WPS Homicide Unit investigated a record thirty-four (34) Homicides and solved 100% of these cases. Cases that included a significant number of First Nations male and female victims.
Does Radek know that WPS Homicide Detective Sergeant Thane Chartrand led the interview that resulted in the confession from serial killer Shawn Lamb. A confession that solved the killings of, “Just another three (3) dead Indians.” Does Radek know Detective Sergeant Thane Chartrand is an Aboriginal Police Officer. Would that knowledge help her get past her own “systemic racist beliefs.”
The truth is, Radek is just another clueless Aboriginal activist who has a propensity to grab for the lowest hanging fruit. Why bother knowing the facts when you can say whatever you want without fear of ever being held accountable for the racist rhetoric that spews from your mouth.
Radeks race based insults are an affront to every decent, dedicated, hard-working Homicide Investigator and Justice Official who work tirelessly in their efforts to hold criminal misfits like Shawn Lamb accountable for their crimes.
These are people who give a shit about victims regardless of their race, creed or colour.
These are people who need to be defended from the Gladys Radeks of the world who stereotype Police Officers and Crown Attorneys and paint them with a wide sweeping racist brush.
Maybe its time for the press to stop giving the Radeks of the world a voice when they use that voice in such a profoundly biased and uneducated way.
“Just another dead Indian,”…….I don’t think so.