As seen at the new!

A part-time columnist at the Delta Optimist, a local suburban newspaper on Canada’s west coast gobbled-up a while back by the media corporation Glacier Media, writes this, this week, after attending a local “stop corporate greed” protest rally:

” … (I did, however, wear my Che Guevara T-shirt as a symbol of defiance, even if just the star on his beret was visible above the zipper on my rain jacket.)


“While my Che Guevara shirt was largely hidden, my husband braved the rain in order to show off his Stop Corporate Greed T-shirt. … ”

— Corry Anderson-Fennell, The Delta Optimist


Why do these anti-corporate greed protesters seem to feel so comfortable, and so seemingly proud (so much so that she feels the need to mention it twice in one short column), as to don those ugly Che Guevara t-shirts, tacitly lauding a murderous, racist, gay-hating, communist tyrant who incited mass murder among his Kool-Aid-drinking sycophants in Cuba?

Does she know that “the star on his beret” that she seems so happy to have visible under her jacket was the communist symbol and symbol of his advocacy of a bloody, violent, murderous, Marxist/socialist revolution? Is Che Guevarashe good with that? Is her newspaper?

“Hatred as an element of struggle; unbending hatred for the enemy, which pushes a human being beyond his natural limitations, making him into an effective, violent, selective, and cold-blooded killing machine. This is what our soldiers must become …”

— Che Guevara

As a Communications Specialist at her local Surrey School District (her other job), I’d like to think she’d be aware that people like me think that by wearing a shirt lauding Che Guevara, she’s tacitly — and very publicly —  communicating her endorsement of Che Guevara and his tactics. Publicly, to children, and the whole community. I’d like to think that. Alas, I don’t think she’s aware of the facts. In fact I pray she’s simply as utterly ignorant as she and most of her left-wing comrades seem to be on the matter.

A “symbol of defiance” is a fine thing, in the right circumstances, but most people observe the need to choose their “symbol” somewhat more intelligently, and participate in ostensibly peaceful protests using less extremist symbolism.

Personally, given my good conservative political proclivities, I would wear a Ronald Reagan t-shirt as my “symbol of defiance,” or better yet, a tiny lapel pin. (I hope she and her husband can excuse my crass capitalist corporate marketing and “greed” ploy, which I’ve surreptitiously engaged in, here at my own corporate hangout.)  She might choose a Tom Mulcair, or Vladimir Putin t-shirt to moderate her stance at least a little. (No, don’t choose a Fidel Castro shirt.)

You’d think the local newspaper or Glacier Media would more carefully consider what I think is extremist left-wing advocacy before going to press with it. Instead, they glibly featured her column on the editorial page as their example of that day’s “Community Comment.” It sure ain’t my community standard.


The graphic used to feature this article at

“It’s ignorant pro-Guevara sentiment that needs to be stopped.”


This post has been updated from its original version, in which I named Postmedia as the owner of the paper. The owner is actually Glacier Media, which bought it from Postmedia a few months ago.

Joel Johannesen
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