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Signs of systemic hatred

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The recent outpouring of homophobia across the province is, in a word, disgusting. In another word, it's frightening.

From the opposition to Bill 18 in Steinbach, to business owners being run out of town in Morris (Gay restaurant owners sick of insults, April 2), to homes being vandalized in Winnipeg (Anti-gay slurs on home seen as targeted attack, April 2), Manitobans need to stop for a moment and make some serious connections.

These are not isolated cases. They are representative of a deep, systemic, recurring and violent form of hatred. Thankfully, the NDP's Bill 18 serves to address the systemic homophobia in our schools by making them a safe place for all children.

However, the rest is up to us. We need to make Manitoba an unwelcoming place for homophobia, sexism and all forms of discrimination.

DAVID JACKS

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 3, 2013 A8

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