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Scott Thompson: Racist comments from Liberal candidate more than a ‘misstep’

Karen Wang file photo. Karen Wang/Facebook

Karen Wang was the Liberal candidate for the Burnaby South byelection, running against federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh.

That was before she wrote on a social media post, encouraging voters in Mandarin to choose her, not Singh, because he is of “Indian descent.”

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Here’s what she said:

“If we can increase the voting rate, as the only Chinese candidate in this riding, if I can garner 16,000 votes I will easily win the byelection, control the election race and make history! My opponent in this election is the NDP candidate Singh of Indian descent!”

Some say this is a misstep. No, a misstep is something you can apologize for and then move on.

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You don’t resign, quit, or step down for a misstep.

However, you do when you’ve intentionally created a trainwreck.

I say intentionally, because Wang knew exactly what she was writing.  She just assumed who would read it. She also knew.

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The trainwreck occurred when the piece she wrote for those in her own ethnic community was read by someone who was not.

That’s racism, pure and simple.

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What Wang’s remarks about targeting ethnic votes mean – Jan 16, 2019

If you need more proof, imagine if Premier Doug Ford had written and posted such a piece.

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It would be a trainwreck. Why the double standard?

Scott Thompson is the host of The Scott Thompson Show on Global News Radio 900 CHML.

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