White poppies anger veterans
Queen's University professor Jill Scott can talk about the white poppies that are being distributed by peace activists and the anger it is causing Canadian veteran groups.
"Activists want to promote peaceful conflict resolution, but they may in fact create more conflict. This might not be all bad – it may get Canadians talking about what peace means and how to achieve it,” says Dr. Scott. “Is there a way to promote pacifism without being perceived as anti-military? Is there a way to honour veterans without glorifying war? Why is the red poppy so symbolically loaded?”
Dr. Scott has researched public mourning, loss and forgiveness and how people react to tragic losses from catastrophic events such as Sept. 11 and the Holocaust. Her findings were published in a book called A Poetics of Forgiveness: Cultural Responses to Loss & Wrongdoing (Palgrave, 2010).
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