As a longtime subscriber to The Courier, I look forward to its local content.
Of interest was this letter based upon a constant theme by Mo Rajabally (“Racism exists in Kelowna,” Courier, Aug. 2).
He complains about the frequency with which he is subjected to calculated racial comments and discriminatory practices. Even if it was more likely to have been bigotry or prejudice, it is still deeply insensitive and certainly hurtful. Taking him at his word that it is overt racism, then it is abhorrent conduct, totally wrong and unacceptable.
Rajabally’s complaint is specific when identifying possible suspects, publicly singling out those “with a British stiff upper lip” and “old farts,” as one group of people he holds responsible. He has outed them as the ones behind the racial slurs and apparent discrimination which gets so deeply under his skin.
However, by fixing blame on this group of Kelowna citizens as the source of his obvious irritation — even though the vast majority of them would be found totally innocent and obviously unaware of the person of Mo Rajabally — it does appear as if he too is capable of revealing publicly some of the distasteful elements of bias and intolerance.
Rajabally has built himself a highly respectable career with major lifetime accomplishments, including the capable discharge of leadership roles and responsibilities. It is surprising though, not withstanding his impressive background, that he has developed such a feverish desire to pick away at his open wound.
Is it possible that by retaliating he is simply reinvigorating his tormentors who favour him as a target for their repulsive behaviour? Perhaps so, but what is made clear in his previous letters to this page is the fact that for some time now he has endured racially-motivated, bullying comments.
Bullies are known to be cowards, are arrogant and ignorant, seldom, if ever, penitent, but do lose much of their tyrannizing effect when firmly and deliberately disregarded. Maybe it’s time for citizen Rajabally, a learned man, having contributed much to his community and Canada, to adapt the strategy of his own “stiff upper lip,” the definition of which being, “the exercise of great self-restraint in the expression of emotion.”
It might just help to heal that wound and turn out to be personally comforting. I’m sure that the decent people among us will treat him favourably, with the respect that he deserves. I sincerely wish him well.