Joseph O.G. Amyotte 
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Re: “Nova Scotia still far too white

@ Jesse McDonald, your entire response:
"saying a statement would be racist if you reversed it is like saying a bullet would have hit you if the gun had been aimed in the opposite direction; that if the sea were the sky and vice versa, you'd be soaked right now."
is a complete and utter logical fallacy, it even has a name, it's called "Reductio ad absurdum" and you've nailed the text book definition of it so well;
"...seeks to demonstrate that a statement is true by showing that a false, untenable, or absurd result follows from its denial, or in turn to demonstrate that a statement is false by showing that a false, untenable, or absurd result follows from its acceptance.
That I have to wonder whether you're ignorant of the deficiency of your argument or whether you are attempting to use the fallacy because your pushing an agenda. I find it odd to be hoping that ignorance is the better case here.
Racism is racism, no matter what colour you are; if one believes in "race" as a legitimate classification of human being and/or believes that the "race" one belongs to is somehow superior to others, then one is a racist.
Saying that we "need" to bring in a more people of other cultures is ludicrous, insisting that we need a program in place to make that happen specifically is the essence of creating an inequality. If the province of Nova Scotia can increase it's attractiveness to people in general, based on the strength of the economy, availability of jobs, and an affordable standard of living, then it should stand to reason that regardless of skin colour or ethnic background, all people would be attracted to Nova Scotia.
This article conflates Nova Scotia's lack of initiative in improving the overall quality of the province with racism, thereby using it as a scape goat, and places the onus of the province's problem on not being able to come up with a strategy to entice "certain people" to come here, instead of ignoring cultural biases and/or respecting the freedom of any individual (the heart of not being a racist) who chooses to come to Nova Scotia because the province offers stability.
We have immigration programs in place in this country that actively look for skilled people from other countries to join us, should they choose to do so; if they're not choosing Nova Scotia in which to live, that's due in very small part to "racism" and much more due to a lack of legitimate actualised potential on the province's part in regards to the economy, the infrastructure, and the quantity and quality of jobs.

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Posted by Joseph O.G. Amyotte on 11/18/2015 at 3:12 PM

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