March 29, 2016
My NEW Taki’s column: ‘St Rob Ford the Baptist’
I had to leave out so much for space reasons… Hope I got my point across.
There will be “JOOOOOOO!!!!”-y comments re: how “they” control the world so it doesn’t matter who we vote for, etc.
Except that the “multicultural” voters who constituted Ford’s base—the Jamaicans and Chinese and Hindus—quietly agreed with him that the city’s annual Gay Pride celebrations, having metastasized from a Day to a Week to a Month without their approval, were kind of gross. And they fumed in sympathy when their champion was bullied into apologizing for stating the unimpeachable obvious: “If you are not doing needles and you are not gay, you wouldn’t get AIDS probably.”
Elite evidence of Ford’s “racism,” meanwhile, apparently includes his description of the black youth he coached in football as “minorities.” That word is an “obscene slur,” according to “Canadian journalist Jordan Michael Smith,” whoever he is, writing for the BBC, but in fact it is, believe it or not, statistically accurate. Actual Canadian journalist David Menzies, on the other hand, who covered Ford on the ground back when Ford was still a city councillor, recalls the time he “donated $40,000 of his own money to resurrect [one high school’s] dormant football program, wanting to give the students, many fatherless, something to aspire to. A few moms told me their sons would either be in jail or dead if not for Rob.”