Yes, much has changed since then but much is sadly the same. It doesn't matter now who wrote these laws or how this incident was reported at the time but I can't help but think of how such a discriminatory episode would be reported today by the elite Conservative media.
- Babs Kay commends the men for keeping the women at home, "where they belong." However, she bemoans the 'ragheads,' referring to them as barbarous heathens.
- Jon Kay concurs.
- Jon Ivison recounts a personal incident of his youth in Scotland. However, he too bemoans the 'ragheads,' referring to them as barbarous heathens.
- Christie Blatchford barely acknowledges the Komagata Maru, comparing the passengers to 'scalper Indians,' referring to all parties as barbarous heathens.
- Rex Murphy compares the passengers to Occupy Wall Street, referring to both parties as barbarous heathens.
- Tasha Kheiriddin, feeling left out, pouts, "just bomb the fucking boat."
- Conrad Black claims innocence.
- David Frum at first calls the passengers, "Apes of Evil," later denouncing his fellow conservatives as "wrong-headed' without apology for his own earlier words of hate.
- Andrew Coyne puffs on a pipe.
- Ezra Levant sneaks aboard and claims cover-up by the CBC. "They have toilets," he screams to the camera, referring to the passengers as barbarous heathens.
- Michael Coren harumphs that the passengers are not victims but it is White Canada that are the ones put upon, referring to the passengers as barbarous heathens.
- Brian Lilley fake spits on the studio floor in reference to the 'ragheads' on the Komagata Maru, much to the delight of guest Kathy Shaidle. They both agree the passengers are barbarous heathens.
- Margaret Wente describes the occupants of the Komagata Maru using an unattributed poem by Kahlil Gibran. Next day, public editor Sylvia Stead writes an apology due to reader complaints of plagiarism. She also notes Mr. Gibran was Lebanese, not Indian. Wente is given a two-week vacation.
- John Ibbitson is off fishing, presumably as penalty for writing something stupid.
- John Stackhouse writes a scathing editorial, referring to the passengers as barbarous heathens but refraining from calling them 'ragheads.' Journalists all over Canada praise the editorial for its altruism.