Friday, June 09, 2006

An Open Letter to Congressman Hostettler

Mr. Hostettler,

As a life-long resident of Toronto I was mildly surprised to read in the Globe and Mail that you had said this:
"South Toronto, like those parts of London that are host to the radical imams who influenced the 9/11 terrorists and the shoe bomber, has people who adhere to a militant understanding of Islam,"

Where is South Toronto?

Do you mean Lake Ontario? Perhaps the radicals can breath underwater? In that case they really are a scary lot! You see, there are a lot of neighbourhoods in Toronto; Queen West, Bloor West Village, Leslieville, The Fashion District, The Annex, Forest Hill, Rosedale, Roncesvalles, Cabbagetown, Kingsway, Parkdale, High Park, Rexdale, Riverdale, The Beaches, Chinatown, Little Italy, Willowdale, Don Mills, Downsview, Fisherville, The Junction, Malvern, The Bridle Path, Leaside, East York, North Toronto, The Danforth, Agincourt, Hoggs Hollow, and probably a few others, but I have never heard of "South Toronto."

Even outside of Toronto proper, there is no place by that name. There are places like Thornhill, Vaughan, Markham, Unionville, Brampton, Mississauga, Bramalea, Mimico, Pickering, Malton, Richmond Hill, Woodbridge, and Milliken, but no "South Toronto."

Now I'm sure that someone like a congressman wouldn't just make up a place. You know, because South Bronx, the South Side of Chicago, South Central Los Angeles, South Camden, South London, and a bunch of other South-prefixed neighbourhoods have rough reputations, you wouldn't just make one up for Toronto too, would you? Well, frankly, now I'm starting to wonder if you would...

Mr. Hostettler, if you want to understand my city, come here and see it for yourself. If you just want to make up myths about it to scare some votes out of your constituents, in the estimed words of Vice President Cheney, go fuck yourself!