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Are you a Stigmatizing Coward or De-stigmatizing Fighter?

June 2, 2018

 

Youtube Video
Saturday June 2nd, 2018
Index of Relevant Information
 

Preface
 

Two days ago I woke up to four talking heads on CBC discussing racism in
Canada. Tweets between a female Liberal MP who happened to be a black lady
and a caucasian Conservative male, were discussed. A decade ago I would not
have had too much to offer in terms of perspective aside from “I am not racist”.
Having now lived an exposed life in a highly oppressed minority group I do have
something to say.


The following link from BBC in 2011 highlights in Britain, racism exists.

 

Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes Exercise


It is naive to suggest racism is not a reality in Canada. As observed by one CBC
analyst however, it is not systemic. I agree. But it does exist just like gender
inequality still takes place as does some level of discrimination within all other
minority groups. Most minority groups however are on the barometer of
improvement some more than others but there have been significant
improvements of which Canada as a multicultural mosaic, is a positive leader.

 

Persons with substance disability as a disadvantaged group in stark contrast, are
not on the barometer of improvement. We are not close. In fact we don’t even
have legitimacy that the condition is a bonafide mental health disability. We are
still arguing on consensus of definitions. As a consequence human rights abuse
discrimination and prejudice permeates at every level of society. It is a systemic
brutality. My forced willingness to confront the discrimination, prejudice, and
abuse of my own circumstances has merely exposed me to a further set of
abusive experiences which have been so breathtakingly transparent and
individually catastrophic to my life, health and wellbeing it reached the point I
have had to risk my life through hunger striking nine times in order to access
some sort of justice. And I’m still not there. Rather I get accused by the other
side as being mentally ill.


The Liberal MP in “chastising” the Conservative MP stated as a caucasian male
he was privileged. Hence the added vim to the CBC discussion. I agree with
her. As a caucasian male with a mixed race nephew I see it and as caucasians
we most certainly cannot ever know what it is like to live as a person of colour.
Just like you cannot understand what it is like to live with the stigma applied to
substance disability. The mandatory obligation of all of us is we show respect to
all people and abide by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms section 15
where all citizens are to be treated equally and fairly and with dignity and respect
irrespective of race, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability.

 

Caucasian’s whether consciously or subconsciously act as superior beings far
too often but with an innate ability to be so cowardly and arrogant - namby
pamby - meaning we will not always admit to it. The 101 Stigmatizing Cuts I
outlined 6 months ago while most are very good people, most are also caucasian
and most remain totally unaware as to how they had stigmatized myself and the
health condition and were included on the list. And they don't care enough to find
out. While ad-hoc in validity, it still illuminated a powerful caucasian stigmatized
attitude towards a member of a highly disadvantaged, oppressed group.

 

Meanwhile, Roseanne Barr gets rightfully condemned for her appalling Tweet as
if to solidify with a wallop the point of the Liberal MP to her Conservative
counterpart. The condemnation of Roseanne and her immediate firing at least
illustrates where on the barometer of improvement racism is. It has improved but
it still fluctuates, as barometers do, confirming racism still exists no matter how
subtle or overt.


And with personal reference to my known substance disability status dormant or
not?


Since my substance disability has been exposed I have been called a crackhead,
a junkie, a loser, a criminal, a 20 year crack addict, ill, sick, unhealthy, dirty and
all with impunity. I have been slandered, defamed, turned down for employment,
unemployed for 9 years, had privacy obliterated, told all what I achieved in my
soccer career is now worthless, removed from employment, discriminated
against, prejudiced, abandoned and isolated. In the mental health care industry
remitted to support it is just as bad if not at times worse.

 

I have worked as a dishwasher, a dog walker, raked leaves, certified as an
addictions coach (no wonder the treatment system is so bad when persons have
no choice but to do it), taken university addictions courses (reluctantly) and
worked in an automotive factory. I have taken York University, the HRTO and
McCarthy Tetrault to the Supreme Court of Canada doing 90% of the work at two
levels and a local soccer club and their legal firm to an HRTO hearing receiving a
settlement. Both legal processes and law firms abused my rights and myself as
a person with impunity.


And then if I stick up for myself (confront) then the bombardment of: you need
help, get well, get healthy, good luck in your recovery, oh its so sad, all follow on
like clock work and all with such self-righteousness.


The fact I am on day 58 of a ninth hunger strike and still receiving prejudice,
abuse and scapegoating from the other side including from Maureen Armstrong
and agonizingly Bob Rae cements how dreadfully bad the stigmatized approach
is towards mental disability in the form of substance disability. All I get from the
Liberal Party is life is tough, life is not fair, what did I expect. And from York
University via Maureen Armstrong and Bob Rae - seek help get healthy, a
convenient disrespectful undignified display of willful ignorance. We cannot seek
decriminalization as a society (an absolute necessity) if that attitude remains.

 

The inhumanity is staggering beyond belief as is the hypocrisy of the propaganda
that Canada cares about the mental health of its citizens. No it doesn’t. We are
the worst of G8 countries. We are prepared to “kill Canadian citizens" rather than
facilitate a fair access to social justice. If as a nation we did care so much how
on earth, in gods name, in Allah’s name, in Buddhas name is it, that I am on a
ninth hunger strike seeking some element of justice/resolution which would by
association assist millions of others and yet with still no effort for justice and no
media outlet covering the story truthfully, transparently or even at all?

 

Bell Canada’s Lets Talk about mental health to defeat the stigma doesn't work.
In fact for persons with substance disability it categorically harms us by the
default position of not addressing or recognizing substance disability as worthy of
being a part of the discussion.


Defeating stigma is not about talking or being open as the fulcrum. It is about the
willingness to take Action. Defeating stigma can only effectively be achieved
when discrimination and prejudice is defeated. For that to happen you have to
live in a just, honourable fair society with organizations, a judicial system and
media that are not “corrupt” on issues of their choosing but ethically resolute and
accountable to getting to the Truth on all matters. Without Truth on the subject
you facilitate and perpetuate ignorance and stigma. Only when Truth is
disseminated and conditioned onto society through a judiciary and political
system that gets it right can stigma and its ill effects be diffused. Bi-partizan
politics on mental health disabilities including substance disability should be
mandated.


Many people privy to the full Paul James story have said they are surprised I
haven’t committed suicide. And of course having lived through the ongoing
abuse and punishing humiliation from everywhere I have felt such rage it has
given me a nightmare appreciation of why a psychologically weaker person could
snap into full out human destruction. But then most social change emanates
from tragedy and is perhaps why York University have treated my circumstances
with such immorality, deceit, impropriety and callousness. They give the
impression and present the image through their handling of the Paul James
matter that they really don't care about what happens as a consequence of their
ethos in dealing with organizational errors.


With the institution promoting itself as a socially inclusive, culturally diverse
organization sensitive to social injustices the Paul James matter from 2008
onwards solidifies they have failed abysmally to cross pollinate these values
towards substance disability. It is credit to them however that they can keep a
straight face in light of what they promote in my regard. Without a different
approach to the Paul James matter they will have set back progress on defeating
the stigma of drug addiction and mental disability a generation when alternatively
they could facilitate progress. To accomplish that they have to be brave, honest
and moral.


1. Links will be provided in the description of Fridays Youtube.
Links (part one)


PJ Scoring Goal vs Costa Rica August 1985 (2 minutes)
 

PJ Playing for Canada vs France June 1, 1986 (8 minutes)
 

 

2. Definition of Words/Phrases:


Oppress:


To: Ill Treat, Abuse, Crush, Run Over, Bully, Grind down, Subjugate,
Repress, Keep down, Rule with iron; Disrespect


Oppressors:


A person or group who oppress. Oppression of substance disability is
systemic. It infiltrates every level of Canadian society to our detriment.


Stigmatizing:


Condemn, brand, label, pour scorn on, denounce, discredit, disparage,
shame, disgrace, criticize, embarrass, ridicule, scapegoat, punish, devalue.


Confronting:


Challenge, Face up To; Addressing matters directly; Meet up with those
who harm; Being Brave/Fearless, Accosting Bullies; Challenge bullying
deceitful manipulative behaviour; correcting untruths; pursuit of justice
from injustice; asking difficult questions:

 

Stigmatizing Tactics of Oppressors of Substance Disability (top four)


Punish
Scapegoat
Ignore
Patronize

 

3. Truth


Until the Canadian courts guarantee through enforcement that Section
15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms will protect a
person with substance disability from discrimination, prejudice, unfair,
and unequal treatment then the risk to open up about substance
disability is far too great, most specifically if you reside in an older age
cohort.


Conforming to society’s norms and expectations if your disability is
exposed, is to remain self-stigmatized in denial that you have human
rights and that the consequential prejudice, judgment and
discrimination you will inevitably receive is unlawful. Also,


a. disability can/will get used against you in the event of a simple
argument or at the level of significant grievance
b. employment will be limited if you are outside an elite class
c. discrimination will be prevalent
d. prejudice through stigmatizing language and inappropriate questions
are a guarantee
e. ridicule and scorn of your condition is a guarantee - dormant or not
f. false definitions of who and what you are/were


Links (part two):
 

The following three documents illustrate the oppression, injustices, poor
treatment, discrimination, prejudice and abuse PJ received and continued
to receive at every level of Canadian society since he opened up and
sought support for mental disability and then his confronting the social
injustices. The information proves unequivocally society’s discriminatory,
prejudicial reaction to substance disability is profoundly and devastatingly
systemic.

 

Individual citizens are conditioned with information that is not correct and
based on two contradictory harmful ideologies. Without change substance
disabilities will remain as the most stigmatized of all oppressed minority
groups no where near the barometer of improvement.

 

Leave to Appeal Supreme Court of Canada: January 5, 2016
 

Supreme Court of Canada Affidavit: Summer 2016
 

Anatomy of an Absolute Nightmare: March 2018
 

Links (part three)
 

Hillsborough Disaster: relationship with social injustice in the Paul James
matter in Canada: Richard Duckenfield/York AD: The LIE and the Coverup.

 

New York Times - Philippines War on Drugs.
 

What chance do citizens have in more repressed countries if Canada is not
progressive and truthful/accurate on the subject matter?

 

Crimes against humanity have been committed because of ruthless
unlawful War on Drugs ideology in the Philippines.

 

Conservatives should reflect deeply on what is happening in Mexico and
the Philippines as a consequence of an extreme War on Drugs ideology.
Unimaginable suffering.

 

History will condemn those who supported this misguided approach for so
long, which has caused such atrocious carnage.

 

Links (part four)
 

PJ Instagram


Inhumane photo sitting on couch June 2017 - Trudeau and Scheer - make
public statements on substance addiction

 

Trudeau - we need to de-stigmatize the stigma of substance addiction
 

Scheer - we need to get into every office across the country to get answers
 

Both leaders fail to intervene/contact or care
 

Photos also on Instagram from March 2018 (when is it that I am mentally
ill?)


How do you penetrate 50 Billion Dollars the annual economic burden on
Canadian society due to mental disability and particularly untreated mental
disability if you cannot protect those that seek help and support from
discrimination and treat those persons with dignity and respect.


4. Truth on Substance Disability is the Starting Point:


Substance dependence is Not a crime; Not an illness; Not a disease.
 

It is a mental health disorder - substance disability - which requires
protection under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to establish
this very fact.


A person with a labelled illness and/or disease with no medical remedy; no
mutation of cells and no internal virus faces stigmatization, isolation,
shame, guilt and ridicule because of the misaligned definitions. Yet
mainstream society believe there is simple punitive/medical remedy: dirty
addict into rehab washing machine and then come out clean. It does not
happen that way. And as a result you are back to square one. Labelled ill,
bad or irresponsible worthy of disgrace and condemnation and
unemployment.


There is however a non-medical simple remedy for curing substance
dependence/disability.


The person just stops ingesting the substance of “need”.
 

At the disability level however it is not straightforward for the compulsive
learned behaviour to be erased and eliminated. And the reason why is
because substance dependence/disability is a psychological disorder first
and foremost. The erroneous other definitions harm those at the
diagnosed level and stigmatizes their lives to their detriment.

 

The BioPsychoSocial model surrounding treatment of substance
dependence as a psychological condition is realistic and humanistic the
social aspect of which is the most difficult to achieve because again society
has been conditioned to view substance disability as a crime or illness.
Person’s are judged that without abstinence you cannot work or be a
productive member of society. You are either deemed a criminal or an
invalid, incapable of working and to be avoided. In reality, most who reach
the disability level never achieve complete abstinence but instead learn to
live productively with their condition while keeping their reality private often
at a cost of unnecessary stress and in many instances the development of
real medical illnesses and disease.


Asking someone if they are clean is a loaded, prejudicial, judgemental,
punitive, stigmatizing, disrespectful, undignified question. You can tell the
erudite moral character of a woman/man on whether they ask you the
question.


Recently, smart thoughtful Rosie DiManno - who innocently made the 101
Stigmatizing Cuts list - wrote a compassionate column on a mother fighting
for change regarding stigma because she has been so affected by her
son’s death from an opioid overdose.

 

In the column Rosie referenced that at some point he was clean for a year
and half. How can you ever know? Knowing what I know I would say it
was highly unlikely he was. But what is he to say when someone asks
such a stigmatizing question? Most answer inaccurately. It stigmatizes
and harms the psychology of people questioned because if you admit yes
you are isolated, condemned, stigmatized further.

 

The mothers son died a few years after “dormant disability”.
 

If he was using however and was free from the chains of societal stigma
and judgement perhaps he would have learned to live with his substance
disability in a way that mitigated harm and permitted him to live as a
productive member of society. To do that however he would need the
knowledge on the approach and for that he could not have kept his true
status completely private. If he did keep it private stating he was not using
when perhaps he was it was because he knew - we all do - the judgement
and lack of composure of others is far too debilitating.

 

Either way under the current system you lose.


And with the deepest respect to the lady (mother) victim of her sons
unnecessary death while the “safe use sites” are humane and a credit to
Canada, for the overwhelming majority who attend them to responsibly use
it is too late for them to live a future life free from use of their substance of
“need”. Any social worker/addictions counsellor with an ounce of credibility
will concede it is the case. Not getting there in the first place is the
challenge and Confronting and Reconciling the Stigma of Drug Addiction
reformed to Confronting and Reconciling the Stigma of Substance Disability
is a pivotal thread.


Recognizing substance dependence as a substance disability which
persons can learn to responsibly live with including while being employed
is a more realistic way for a society to live with drugs in a much better way.
And counterintuitively to the lay person the chances of achieving
abstinence will improve because most diagnosed persons absolutely do not
want to be using.


Status quo under the criminality disease/models will sustain the stigma of
“drug addiction” and continue to deliver a juggernaut of carnage onto
society which remains invisible to most people because most don't want it
to be visible. Its the elephant in the room in regards to mental health
disabilities.


Undignified and Disrespectful Moments:
 

1. 25 Stigmatizing Moments
2. 101 Stigmatizing Cuts

 

Respect, Dignity and De-Stigmatizing persons/moments

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