Monday, June 09, 2008

Archaeology of a smear, part 5: who is this letter really to?

We have been looking at the letter of apology written by "Demi" in July, 2004. It was sent to someone c/o the Canadian Human Rights Commission, and it apologized fully for her postings at Stormfront and elsewhere.

As is often the case, however, the document reveals more than it means to. And in this case, it is fairly clear that Demi's apology was meant not only for the mystery addressee. Note the repeated references to her upbringing and family, and the values they had taught her that her racism had betrayed.

It is surely obvious to any sensitive reader of texts that this letter was also meant for Demi's parents and was an expression to them of her regret at the pain her racism had caused them.