Target: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford
Goal: Condemn Mayor Ford for his racist and homophobic actions while in office, as well as his illegal drug use.
Recently, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair confirmed his department has video proof that Mayor Ford was smoking crack. Rumors had been circling for a while, and this confirmation did not come as a shock given the other reprehensible things the mayor has done. Included in the list of things he’s done or said while in office are homophobic insults, racial slurs, and abusing his power to protect himself. It is clear that Rob Ford does not belong in office and should be removed from his position.
Mayor Ford’s racist beliefs are hard to hide, mainly because he’s not really trying to hide them at all. He is quoted as saying, “Oriental people” are “taking over” Toronto because “they work like dogs.” Ford did not try to dispute this once the quote began circulating; instead he claimed he meant it as a compliment. Classifying an entire group of individually different people simply as “Oriental” and then referring to all of them as “dogs” is in no way correct or complimentary. He also called an Italian Canadian man a “Gino boy,” a highly derogatory term, during the council’s budget deliberation. Despite the victim’s outrage and the support of other council members for the victim, no action was taken.
Toronto’s mayor has also proven himself to be homophobic, saying, “If you are not doing needles and you are not gay, you wouldn’t get AIDS probably.” This was the terrible logic he used in voting against AIDS funding. Not one to back down from his statements, he confirmed this not only as his personal belief, but that “these are facts.” In actuality, the United Nations declared that the majority of AIDS victims are heterosexual, non-drug users, making Mayor Ford’s statements incredibly homophobic and incorrect.
His list of misdeeds also includes soliciting money from lobbyists for his own personal charity, and trying to eliminate city agencies that were targeting him for misconduct. His arrest for smoking crack is the latest development in his story as a public official.
It is obvious that Rob Ford is unfit to serve as a public official. He has made it clear that he has both racist and homophobic beliefs which he considers to be facts, and these opinions are affecting his legal decisions as mayor of Toronto. He has also used his power to gain money for his personal charity, and has targeted agencies that were brave enough to accuse him of misconduct. While Mayor Ford should have been removed a long time ago, his arrest for smoking crack now has to be the catalyst. The people of Toronto deserve a mayor whose focus is on helping and protecting his people, not his own interests.
Dear Mayor Ford,
I learned about your recent arrest for smoking crack, and discovered it is a part of a long line of misdeeds. Your past as a city official includes homophobic insults, racial slurs, and abusing your power for your own protection. It is time for you to step down as mayor.
One of your homophobic statements stands out in particular. When asked why you did not vote for AIDS funding, you stated that, “If you are not doing needles and you are not gay, you wouldn’t get AIDS probably.” Not only is this incredibly insulting, it is also incorrect. The United Nations stated that the majority of AIDS victims are heterosexual, non-drug users. This not only shows your homophobic tendencies, but also your unwillingness to learn and adapt based on real facts from reliable sources, like the United Nations.
While in office, you have also targeted and insulted groups of people based on race, as well as using your position to put money into your own charity. One of the worst offenses was when you tried to eliminate city agencies which were rightly accusing you of misconduct. Now that you have been arrested, it is absolutely time for this to stop. The people of Toronto deserve a leader who will protect and serve them, and you are clearly not on that path. Please step down from your position immediately.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Shaun Merritt via Wikimedia