LETTER: Lessons learned from historical poor treatment of immigrants

We have since grown and are now aware of how terrible we had treated our fellow humans and regret it deeply

Re: Aboriginal education or victim studies? (B.C. Views, May 21)

This article by Tom Fletcher and the article in the same issue about the Chinese head tax prompts me to say this to our victims – it’s not you, it’s us. We were rotten to everybody.

We rejected a shipload of Jews desperately trying to evade the Holocaust, we treated our native people cruelly, we put a head tax on the Chinese and we incarcerated our Japanese citizens and I believe we rejected a ship from India once.

You were a white Christian or you were dirt. The good news is we have grown since then and are now aware of how terrible we had treated our fellow humans and regret it deeply.

Now let’s keep on growing.

Andy Mulcahy

Victoria

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