I am a second generation immigrant living in Canada. My father’s family immigrated to Canada in the 1960s from Yugoslavia, today we call the old country Croatia (Est 1992).
After many years of war, being a puppet of the Nazi regime, we came to be called the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
Josip Broz Tito ruled our country until his death in 1980. It was when he had come into power that my grand parents and their children came to Canada for a better life.
Living within our democracy and capitalist economy, I feel incredibly grateful. Socialism destroyed the quality of life for my family.
In Canada, my grandfather (Dede) worked very hard to provide for a family of six. My father showed me pictures of him helping build the CN Tower in Toronto.
My father said to me when I was fourteen years old, “If anyone asks you what your nationality is, you tell them you are Canadian.”
Watching him denounce his own heritage, I had thought it was not important to learn the history of my people.
Being Canadian meant freedom, a better life, and opportunity to work hard and make a life for ourselves. Being Canadian was something to be proud of. I saw my father as a patriot.
In the past few years I have failed to feel the same sense of pride for my home country of Canada. Today, I wanted to know what a Socialist Federal Republic was, and why after two world wars, and one Hitler, this is what caused my family to immigrate to Canada.
Federation: “A union of a number of self governing states or regions, which are joined together under a central government.”
Socialist Republic: ” A communist state is a state whose constitution claims to follow the principals of communism. It’s form of government has only a single political party, the communist party. The governance of the state is guided by the principals of Leninism, Marxism, Maoism, or any other form of communist ideology.”
The more I have read about Tito, the more I have seen him as a strategist, politically seeming to draw on Leninism, Marxism and Maoism to liberate nations to socialism. Historians have described what is called Titoism as authoritarian, rather then a totalitarian regime.
Which brings us to my art.
Authoritarian: Favouring or enforcing strict obedience to authority, especially that of the government, at the expense of personal freedom.
Just Eat the Blue Pill is inspired by George Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984. “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on the human face – forever.”
This piece is not a commentary of my family’s former home. This is a commentary on the current social and political climate of MY home, Canada.
With the rising of M-103, an anti Islamophobia bill which is to condemn “Islamaphobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination” which supports Sharia Law, as criticism of Islam is punishable within Islamic states, it is now punishable within Canada as well. However here we are hit with a hefty fine by the human rights tribunal rather then being executed.
Next the Ontario Government has introduced Bill C-16 which allows the removal of our children from our homes to be taken into state custody should the child be deemed to be living within a dangerous environment. This isn’t limited to the unfortunate physical, emotional, verbal and psychological abuse in which the removal of a child would be expected.
Within the context of Bill C-16, should your five year old boy tell you he wants to be a girl, or your 3 year old girl tells you she is a boy, you must be mindful how you respond. Should a teacher or child care worker be informed by your children that you have denied them the right to their gender expression, the state will then hold the right to remove them from your care.
It is a terrible thing when those we love are denied who they are, however this is blatant abuse of power by our government.
More interference of our freedoms of expression by government, more interference within our homes, and policing of each other socially are exactly the ingredients needed to establish an Authoritarian regime.
This piece depicting the foot of the power; which acts to force the will of the human. The will is how we think, and how we act.
The act is accepting the ingestion of a Blue Pill, the cultural symbol of falsehood, security and the blissful ignorance of illusion.
Canada does not mean to me what it meant to my grandparents and my father. I do not share their patriotic spirit. I fear for the future of my country, knowing the history of my homeland, former Yugoslavia.
I hope this piece stands as a testament of my concern.
Just Eat the Blue Pill
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