Charo - I was thinking about the many differences between Trudeau and Trump, the two leaders of the New World. The two biggest hopes for a better future for our children. After a lot of thinking, I reached the conclusion that the only similarity between them is that both their names start with “Tru”.
Kalpana - Yes. One of them is a true leader and the other one is a true dimwit. One of them addressed anti-racism by joining his people in demanding a more fair world. He went out and kneeled on the street with other fellow citizens to express that he, like them, doesn’t want racism in the future of Canada. In the future of the world.
Charo - The other one, as we know, tried to make the problems of racism and police brutality disappear under the flimsy dirty carpet of false normality that covers the American floor. When this didn’t work, he threatened the demonstrators. When this didn’t work either, he decided it would be good to take out the army to crush his fellow citizens. Two different approaches to leadership. I’m happy we are on the side of caring and social justice.
Kalpana - Racism is, as expressed by so many in the media these last days, a cancer of modern society. One that needs to be excised if we want to stay healthy, and in order to remove it, we need to push it where everyone can see it. That is what Trudeau is doing and kudos to him for that. When Trudeau addressed the speech on racism he said, “I know that for so many people listening right now, the last thing you want to hear is another speech on racism from a white politician.” The world desperately wants to hear the voice of peace, hope, and justice. I'm glad we have the right leader who supports humanity so we all can live in harmony. Whereas Trump is threatening common people for standing up for their rights. If there is no peace, how do you make the country great?
Charo - Trump’s attitude has been clearly defensive. That attitude is separating him more and more from American citizens, even from his own base. He has a revolution in his country. A revolution that stems from centuries of injustice, not merely from the murder of George Floyd. The People, the same People that put him where he is now, are demanding change and they are demanding it now. A good leader would listen to his People’s cries for justice and undertake the reform they are demanding, just as John F. Kennedy did.
Kalpana - Unfortunately, Trump is not JFK. He is more fond of building walls than creating connections. He is divorcing his people more and more every day. More than being part of the solution, he has been consistently part of the problem for three years, with his hate speech. I am happy my children will grow up in a country whose spirit and backbone are aligned with human rights, social justice, and equality. A country whose prime minister kneels with his people for a better world and marches among us toward a solution. That is leadership.
Charo - I agree. Even if there is racism in Canada, we’ve got a good base, an immense majority of people who don’t want to see scenes like the one we witnessed in Minneapolis, in our beloved country. And we have a leader who is willing to work with us, not against us.
Charo Lloret is from Spain; Kalpana Loganathan is from India. They reflect on their experiences immigrating to Canada.