Weizhen Tang sees racism in Toronto mayoralty election system and Toronto media
Toronto –Chinese Canadian citizen, Weizhen Tang, questions whether there is racism in the city of Toronto municipal election system and some members of the local media.
“The system, the elites, the media select the ‘top’ candidates in the mayoralty campaign,” Tang states. “And they are interestingly all white faces. Mr. Ford. Mr. Smitherman, Ms Thomson, Mr. Rossi, Mr. Pantalone… But there is little coverage of the Chinese nor other visible minority candidates in the mayoralty and councillor races. Yet, the second most spoken language in Toronto now, is Chinese, according to the official Canadian government census. Yet we are ignored. Is it racism? Is there racism in my legal case?”
Weizhen Tang is hoping the voters of Toronto, Canada, hand him the “key” to the city. Tang is a candidate for Mayor. But Tang, the Chinese Warren Buffett, is accused of organizing ponzi schemes, that could hand him 60 years in jail, instead.
Tang holds up his fingers, counting off his checklist, “The media identify George Smitherman as the early leader of mayoralty race. Give him huge media coverage. Positive media coverage. But Mr. Smitherman responsible for oversee the ehealth scandal that saw the complete loss of $1 Billion, for electronic health records. To this day, there is no system yet. $1 Billion lost, wasted, or worse…. But media is happy to give candidate Smitherman, lots of media coverage as the ‘leading candidate.’
“Though media identify Rob Ford as buffoon and fool, they give him lots of coverage. But me, they want to write off, ignore?
“Councillor Joe Pantalone and Councillor Giambrone are given lots of media, as ‘leading candidates,’ even though they are known as top supporters and followers of the Mayor David Miller policies and regime, which is totally discredited by the public. Mayor Miller’s policies are so bad, he is does not even stand for re-election. Yet his chosen ‘golden boys’ get media, media….”
“But Chinese and coloured persons like me, we are labelled fringe and not offered the same level of media coverage…. Is it subtle racism? As you know, if you get media coverage, you are seen as more respectable, serious candidate contender! And then you get more coverage, and are seen to be more respectable, serious candidate… You see, the circle.” Tang shakes his head. “But it takes the initial media coverage to join the circle of contenders –a circle that I contend is partly created by the media itself! I have to say out loud, that I fear that many Chinese and visible minority candidates don’t seem to get the coverage…. The coverage goes to the ‘top’ contender… who is made ‘top contender’ because he gets the media coverage, you see! Is it racism?”
Interesting, that Rob Ford just wrote a letter on September 16th, 2010, asking that Mr. Rocco Achampong be included in the CP24 mayoralty debate. Ford wrote this,
“These televised debates are the only way for Mayoral candidates to get the kind of coverage necessary to put them in the running for Mayor, and I believe that since we had 6 people in the debates earlier, we should continue to have 6 candidates with Rocco Achampong joining us at the table.”
“This letter by Mr. Ford inviting only Mr Achampong is very presumptuous,” Tang noted. “But it shows that even that Mr. Ford admits that media coverage is key to a successful mayoralty and councillor campaign.
“But why Mr Achampong? Why not me, Weizhen Tang, or someone else be invited to the CP24 debate? Several other candidates to be invited? How does media pick? Education? Polls of name recognition? I have higher name recognition that most.
“Google my name, I am on articles in CNN, Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Toronto Star, Toronto Sun. So media pick ‘top’ contenders by education? I have been research scientist and medical researcher. I am the only candidate to personally raise $65 Million. I don’t think any other candidate has achieved such levels of success.”
Tang pauses, as if for effect, “Is the sad truth, that some media pick the ‘top’ candidates on the basis of skin colour? Racism?”