It’s a poorly kept secret that in the media business, folks can get a little cynical.
It helps to explain that disenchanted media types have probably come to this dawning realization: some people will never believe in the moral high road — no matter how persuasive the plea.
And trying to persuade is just preaching to the choir.
Sure, there are cheers when we condemn the slandering of an entire people based on race, but not from the racists — and let’s face it, they’re the ones we really want to get through to.
Instead, they just go on spewing hateful abuse no matter how compelling the story might be.
It’s enough to make a young, idealist feel downtrodden.
But there’s something about the work being done by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada that’s making even jaded newsmen wonder if a government panel isn’t actually making the country a wee bit better.
Could it be true that sharing the awful history of residential schools as told by the survivors and their families will start to heal the entire country?
It’s almost worth getting your spirits up.
This truth and reconciliation movement may just be shifting the attention away from the soul sucking hate-mongers.
And it might also be giving the rest of the population some ammo in battling the old saws that residential schools happened 100 years ago and — the most offensive of phrases — “Get over it.”
There’s uplifting evidence to suggest that we are finally starting a massive cognitive shift.
We’re realizing that the least we as a society can do is listen and empathize.
And the young people are most the encouraging of all. They’re showing open minds and hearts that many of their ancestors would have surely found baffling.
The number of tearful Thompson Rivers University students last week listening to Justin Young speak of overcoming abuse tells that tale.
That’s proof that today’s stories will allow future generations to view aboriginals as triumphant in the campaign to wipe out their culture.
And when that happens, the strength of the First Nations people will never again be questioned.
We Say editorials represent the viewpoint of The Daily News and are written by publisher Tim Shoults, city editor Tracy Gilchrist, or associate news editors Dan Spark and Mark Rogers.