March 20, 2010
The story about the Belleville killings doesn’t fit most people’s limited definition of an honour killing, but it seems like the same thing to me – killing someone because they have caused you embarrassment or because you cannot control them.
I see domestic violence and killings as the same as ‘traditional’ honour violence and killings. Both are about control and manipulation by force. In North America, we tend to hide domestic violence as an internal family problem – “dirty laundry”. We should openly condemn every act of violence whether it is local and familiar or imported from far away places. To argue whether one or the other is culturally tolerated is meaningless – they both are. Now let’s do something about it! Listen. Speak. Act.