thumb-2020-05-010
thumb-2020-05-010 This article is more than 10 months old
New

BC School Trustee Shared Cartoon Blaming ‘Independent’ Women for Low Birth Rates Among White Race

Barry Neufeld deactivates Facebook account after telling PressProgress he feels the cartoon is not ‘particularly sexist or racist’

A highly controversial British Columbia school trustee has deactivated his Facebook account after fielding questions from PressProgress about a cartoon that blames “independent” women for low birth rates among the white race.

Neufeld, who recently made national headlines over postings suggesting Canada’s Chief Medical Officer Theresa Tam is “transgender,” said he does not feel that the cartoon expressed sexist or racist views.

“I don’t think it’s particularly racist or sexist,” Chilliwack School Board Trustee Barry Neufeld told PressProgress. “It’s just a commentary on the modern world.”

The cartoon, which Neufeld posted on his son’s Facebook wall at the end of April, depicts a father’s advice on how to “choose a wife to pass on the family’s name.”

The father offers his son two choices for a wife: “modern woman Jessica” and “Patricia, strong independent womyn.” Captions appearing alongside each woman include commentary like “kids? Never! Cooking? What is this, the 1930s?” and “check your privilege, shitlord.”

The cartoon’s punchline is a 2014 US News & World Report headline that is titled: “America’s evolving look: Census shows white deaths outpace births.”

Barry Neufeld (Facebook)

The school trustee described the cartoon as a “personal inside joke” between himself and his adult son Jonathan, but declined to elaborate on the context.

“If you don’t know the personal situation then it doesn’t make sense,” Neufeld said. “You can jump to whatever conclusion you want, I guess, but I can’t confirm it.”

Neufeld clarified that his personal opinion is that declining birth rates amongst the white race is “neither good nor bad.”

“The world is getting overpopulated,” Neufeld said. “We certainly can’t afford to sustain large families like we used to.”

The original source of the cartoon is unclear, although it appears to promote views that are commonly held in far-right circles.

Below his cartoon, the school trustee posted a tweet sent by alt-right YouTuber Stefan Molyneux that states: “So many feminist women want massive government spending, but won’t have the children necessary to grow up and pay the taxes. Catastrophically selfish.”

Barry Neufeld (Facebook)

Neufeld told PressProgress Molyneux’s tweet “probably was” sexist.

“I can’t say I agree with it completely, but it’s one way of looking at it, I guess.”

“I don’t know much about him,” Neufeld said of Molyneux, but recalled he’d had an event in Vancouver cancelled for being a “white supremacist or something.”

Neufeld has a history of sharing eyebrow raising Facebook content, previously promoting anti-semitic conspiracy theories, claiming male semen can make women “happier and less suicidal,” and railing against SOGI 123 — BC’s LGBTQ-inclusive school curriculum.

The Chilliwack school trustee is currently facing widespread calls to be removed from his position and a possible complaint to BC’s human rights commissioner following his attacks on Dr. Theresa Tam.

 

Help us protect Canadians by holding the powerful accountable.

Journalism is an important public service. That’s why PressProgress is prioritizing stories aimed at keeping Canadians safe and holding the powerful accountable during the coronavirus pandemic.

Please consider supporting our award-winning non-profit news organization so we can keep making a positive impact for Canadians.

 

Support Our Journalism
PressProgress
PressProgress is an award-winning non-profit news organization focused on uncovering and unpacking the news through original investigative and explanatory journalism.

Most Shared

thumb-2021-04-08 New

Jason Kenney’s Energy War Room Launches Campaign to Stop Netflix Children’s Cartoon About ‘Bigfoot’

Related Stories

New

Telus’ Call Centre for Booking Vaccine Appointments in British Columbia is ‘Disorganized’ and ‘Chaotic’, Former Workers Say

View the post
New

Ontario PC MPP Sam Oosterhoff Defends Headlining Anti-Abortion Event For University Students

View the post
New

Telus’ Use of Subcontractors On COVID-19 Contracts is Raising New Questions About Its Messy Vaccine Booking System

View the post

Explainers

Human rights & inclusion

Amira Elghawaby

Canada is Bringing in New Legislation to Stop the Spread of Online Hate. Here’s How It Can Work.

View the post
Politics & strategy

Tom Parkin

Why is Erin O’Toole Pitching Conservatism to Working Class Voters?

View the post
Power and democracy

Andrea Reimer

Here’s How Canadians Can Keep Big Money Out of Politics

View the post