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Montreal’s Haitians: so polite!


 

Lysiane Gagnon gets warm and fuzzy over Montreal’s Haitian community in today’s Globe:

The less educated [Haitian] immigrants are concentrated in the taxi business, where they thrive. They know the city by heart. They buy their own taxi licences as soon as they can, and they keep their cars meticulously clean. And they’re nice, smiling and polite. The mother of a friend used to ask for a Haitian driver whenever she needed a taxi; she was old and frail, and the Haitians, with their traditional respect for the elderly, would always help her in and out of the car.

And, by way of dictionary.com, a helpful definition:

pa•tron•niz•ing –adjective

displaying or indicative of an offensively condescending manner: a patronizing greeting, accompanied by a gentle pat on the pack.


 
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Montreal’s Haitians: so polite!

  1. *sigh*

    Get back to work, all y'all.

    • Kady, is that you?

      • No.

  2. Hey Martin, I found another apposite dictionary definition at dictionary.com:

    politically correct 

    –marked by or adhering to a typically progressive orthodoxy on issues involving esp. race, gender, sexual affinity, or ecology. Abbreviation: PC, P.C.

  3. Your "name" sounds like "jarhead". Here is an "apposite" definition that might suit you then:

    "Jarhead is a derogatory term for US Marines based on the popular/common perception that they only follow orders and are incapable of individual thought as it is trained out of them in USMC basic."

  4. The more educated Gagnons are concentrated in the self-congratulation business, where they thrive. They know the received ideas by heart. They write about themselves as often as they can, and they keep their prose meticulously arch. And they're nice, smiling and polite. The mother of a friend used to ask for a Gagnon column whenever she couldn't afford a table at L'Express; she was old and frail, and the Gagnons, with their traditional respect for the establishment, would reinforce her prejudices with the sure hand of long experience.

    • Editor note: You've used up your "arch" allocation for the day.

      • But it was used well.

        • Depends if it was used on any double word or triple letter squares. I see at least one blank.

        • Mitchel?

          • Oh, I thought that was a Raphael portrait.

          • Chiaroscuro portraiture came in with Caravaggio (c. 1600). Raphael = c. 1500. You're just having no luck today, eh?

          • ha

          • Chiaroscuro portraiture came in with Caravaggio (c. 1600). Raphael = c. 1500. You're just having no luck today, eh?

    • Seconded.

    • Another fun game: replace 'Haitian' and "immigrants' with 'Quebecers', and 'taxi' with 'poutine' in Gagnon's blurb. It works right up until the last line.

      • This from the rag that won't stop publishing Mark Steyn to save its life.

        It is to laugh.

  5. The only thing that would make these pundit-on-pundit action, nit-picking posts interesting is if their targets responded themselves. Since they never do…*yawn*

  6. "they keep their cars meticulously clean. And they're nice, smiling and polite."

    The more I hear it the more it sounds like she's talking about her pet hamsters.

  7. The less educated [Haitian] immigrants are concentrated in the taxi business, where they thrive. They know the city by heart. They buy their own taxi licences as soon as they can, and they keep their cars meticulously clean. And they're nice, smiling and polite. The mother of a friend used to ask for a Haitian driver whenever she needed a taxi; she was old and frail, and the Haitians, with their traditional respect for the elderly, would always help her in and out of the car.

    In Haiti, the taxi experience is a little bit different…

    http://www.globalgayz.com/country/Haiti/view/HTI/

  8. She could have saved all that writing by just saying, "they're a real credit to their race" instead.

  9. but all colored people are always smiling and polite in Canada, eh Lysiane? They're just so niiiice…

  10. Patronizing indeed but well meaning.

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