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Kick the ginger

In the US last week, someone committed suicide online. In Canada, they behave differently.

Nearly 5,000 people joined the online campaign which urged members to "get them steel toes ready" for a day of booting this week.

The website appears to have been inspired by an episode of the cartoon South Park, in which a young character called Cartman describes people with red hair as "evil" and "soulless".

Dozens of children left messages on the page claiming to have carried out attacks on "National Kick a Ginger Day" on Thursday, Nov 20, and a girl in Alberta, Canada claimed that she and her 13-year-old sister were punched and kicked by pupils at their school.

The 14-year-old boy from Vancouver who ran the Facebook group has apologised and insisted that it was only meant as a joke, but the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has launched an investigation and warned that those involved could face charges.

Anyone who actually carried out their promise, sure they should be charged. Saying you'll act like an idiot, I don't think is a criminal offense. Either that or I'm not savvy when it comes to Canadian law.

On a light hearted note, I remember an old Abbot & Costello television episode. Before driving somewhere, Costello hangs a sign on their car. It said something like this-

This car stops for small children, old ladies, railroad crossings, animals, blondes, brunettes, but backs up 10 miles for redheads.


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The 14-year-old bo... (Below threshold)
The 14-year-old boy from Vancouver who ran the Facebook group has apologised and insisted that it was only meant as a joke, but the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has launched an investigation and warned that those involved could face charges.

The RCMP? Why the RCMP? Bunch of wimps. This looks like a job for...

The Canadian Human Rights Commission!

I'm sure those tireless defenders of Canada's public morals on the CHRC will get to the bottom of this without fail! Subpoenas and kangaroo trials for everyone!

This generation is getting ... (Below threshold)

This generation is getting their introduction to the heartlessness of mankind. From emos being beaten in Mexico to gingers being kicked in Canada, they're getting a taste of "h8rs" ("haters") who mean business. The Barney Generation is in for a rude awakening.

Don't forget the goths who ... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Don't forget the goths who were attacked in London, BluleNight, one beaten into a coma while his girlfriend was beaten to death trying to save his life from the pack of teenagers who didn't like their style of clothing. "Gingers" in the UK are beaten every day and little is done about it.

South Park is written for people who understand satire. Maybe the kid who started the Facebook group was being tongue-in-cheek, but he's still an irresponsible *sshole.

While the CHRC's attempts at penalizing people for "hate speech" are ludicrous, the organization should prove itself useful by prosecuting those who attacked other children for having red hair. If that isn't a "hate crime" I don't know what is.

I'm told that red hair is a... (Below threshold)

I'm told that red hair is a sign of Viking ancestry. I'm not sure how true that is.

I have the same hair colouring as Joss Wheedon and if someone tries to kick me they might get a taste of their own medicine! :)

I am gingerish, strawberry ... (Below threshold)
Mark Cleminson:

I am gingerish, strawberry blond and I am a little dissapointed that none of the soft little inhabitants picked on me that day. I would hope that anybody who wants to kick a ginger would pick on me personally. I guarantee the individual (sorry mob) an interesing time.

No offense intended; of cou... (Below threshold)

No offense intended; of course this is a horrible thing for people to do. Bullying "in fun" is almost worse than genuine hate, because it proves the victimizer does not care for the victim.

People have a built-in "us and them" sense. Only "us" have rights; "them" don't. Some people (liberals especially) try to include more and more people in "us," but fail to realize they still treat "them" like crap.

By all means, prosecute the bullies and abusers and thugs to the fullest extent of the law.

We see the barbarians at th... (Below threshold)
Thomas Jackson:

We see the barbarians at the gates. Not just in Canada and the UK but in NYC and California and many other areas of the US. Traditions, courtesy, manners were derided and we now have the Obama generation.

Have you seen the mob at WalMart? Obamaists all.

People are loosing the capa... (Below threshold)

People are loosing the capacity to empathize.
http://rightklik.blogspot.com/

Hahaha, yeah, the sick f*ck... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Hahaha, yeah, the sick f*cks who trampled a greeter to death are OBVIOUSLY big fans of Barack Obama. I'm glad somebody had the balls to say it!

I'm a "ginger" and 3/4 Celt... (Below threshold)
rileyb:

I'm a "ginger" and 3/4 Celt since the Celts are the only ones who carry
the redhair gene. I have been "beaten" on for being 1/4 Cherokee. As a
child in AZ we had to stand up and announce this to our entire class so
the teacher could record the info and turn it in since the public schools
got extra money for teaching Indians (now known in pc circles as 1st
Americans). For the rest of the year a bully and his friends would call us
Red [email protected]#@@*#s. That's being beaten up on when you are 5 through 9
years old. Let anyone try to beat on me for being "red on the head!"

Empathy and courtesy mirror... (Below threshold)

Empathy and courtesy mirror each other. Empathy prevents us from harming "us," and courtesy prevents us from harming "them."

Unfortunately, this IS the ... (Below threshold)
moho1234 Author Profile Page:

Unfortunately, this IS the Barney generation....so much for "I love you, you love me"...I guess it's a little more complicated than that.




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