Activist writes whites subhuman, calls Canadian PM white supremacist terrorist
Hate is alive and well across the US border to the north.
A co-founder of Black Lives Matter movement in Toronto argued that white people are “recessive genetic defects” and purportedly mused about how the race could be “wiped out,” according to a post on what appears to be her cached Facebook page.
Yusra Khogali is used to being an outspoken leader for a movement that has seen more publicity than nearly any other activist group in North America during the past two years. She has been at the forefront of nearly every racialized controversy in Toronto and is one of the most visible members of the organization.
According to the Toronto Sun, Khogali is facing increased scrutiny after BLM Toronto gained political influence following their disruption of the Toronto Pride parade and confrontations with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.
On Friday, Toronto Police announced they would not participate in this year’s upcoming parade. This has been a longstanding demand of BLM TO and one that the board of Pride Toronto recently backed in a controversial vote.
Khogali’s racist remarks and divisive rhetoric were center stage this past Friday when she appeared in front of the US Consulate shouting into a microphone that “Justin Trudeau is a white supremacist terrorist” and urged the crowd to “rise up and fight back.”
“Look at us, we have the numbers,” she said.
The racist rants and calls for violence are nothing new for Khogali. In a now deleted tweet on Twitter, she writes, “Plz Allah give me strength to not cuss/kill these men and white folks out here today. Plz Plz Plz.”
While these remarks alarmed many Canadians, they pale in comparison to a statement numerous sources forwarded to the Toronto Sun that Khogali appears to have posted on Facebook in late 2015.
“White ppl are recessive genetic defects, this is factual,” the post reads toward the end. “White ppl need white supremacy as a mechanism to protect their survival as a people because all they can do is produce themselves. black ppl simply through their dominant genes can literally wipe out the white race if we had the power to.”
“The document mirrors the racism of American eugenicists who claimed in the first third of the 20th century that native whites were genetically superior not only to blacks but also to immigrants from Eastern and Southern Europe,” Daniel Kevles, a professor at Yale University, wrote to the Toronto Sun.
“Their claims were without any scientific foundation and added up to expressions of naked white racism.”
Kevles’ book “In the Name of Eugenics: Genetics and the Uses of Human Heredity” is considered a leading text in the field.
“The anger and frustration that animates the Black Lives Matter movement is altogether understandable, but the way to contest pseudo-science and white prejudice is not with an alternative pseudo-science and black prejudice,” notes Kevles. “It is with moral argument and political action.”
Without a moral argument and through a narrative that’s more hate than building a community of like-minded supporters, the BLM movement could be self-destructing as it steers away from the real issues facing black communities.
In a Huffington Post Canada blog, BLM supporter and writer James Di Fiore makes the argument that even though he supports the underlying credo of BLM that same credo can’t relieve Khogali from being held accountable for constantly inserting hate speech into the ether of Toronto activism.
Di Fiore’s op-ed also makes calls for Khogali to resign.
He says in his blog, “There is a strange trend that some activists use to provide themselves cover for engaging in hate speech. They say that because the system they live under has racial problems, they should be absolved from being held accountable when they make violent, absurd statements, especially against whites.
He also believes calling Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a white supremacist is to engage in a kind of activism that belittles BLM’s cause.
The author concedes being controversial gets people talking and spotlights the issues you are trying to champion, but that strategy only works if you do not place yourself in the center of the controversy.
The BLM TO Website explains their stated goals are “to dismantle all forms of state-sanctioned oppression, violence and brutality committed against African, Caribbean, and Black cis, queer, trans, and disabled populations in Toronto.
According to the Toronto Sun there is no indication the group or any of its other members support the sentiment expressed by Khogali.
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