Stephen Lecce apologizes for fraternity 'slave auction' event

Stephen Lecce, one of Doug Ford's highest profile cabinet ministers, is apologizing in the midst of the Ontario election campaign for his involvement in what his fraternity called a "slave auction" fundraiser 15 years ago.

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TheArgsenal
TheArgsenal
490 · 8 days ago · Reddit

He apologized and admitted he was wrong.

All of us have things in our past that we aren't proud of and wish we could take back.

Now to be clear, Lecce is a piece of shit and his vision for our schools and province is a privatized hellscape.

Here is a list of transgressions I think are far worse than participating in a racist event 15 years ago.

BiaxinXL
BiaxinXL
71 · 8 days ago · Reddit

Our high school had it. University also. Not to diminish how bad it was, but nobody batted an eye back in those days.

Funny how these things come out during an election. I sometimes wonder what the point is. The riding is going to vote blue anyways, won’t even be close.

FearlessTomatillo911
FearlessTomatillo911
57 · 8 days ago · Reddit

Not to minimize these sort of things, but they were super common in those days. We had them at our high school and university and a lot of people participated.

They are obviously a horrible thing and never should have been condoned. If someone were to do it in 2022 it would be cancellable, but people weren't as aware about systemic racism as much back then.

notmoffat
notmoffat
54 · 8 days ago · Reddit

Our high school had slave auctions back in the day. But it was more "Roman Slave Auction" theme than a "Black Slave Auction" one.

I think it comes down to whether or not togas where involved.

DarkReaper90
DarkReaper90
43 · 8 days ago · Reddit

Is the issue the renting of people or the word slave?

I thought frats running these auctions for a cause was a pretty common thing

fietsmafiets
fietsmafiets
34 · 8 days ago · Reddit

15 years ago

And if you read the details:

“Stephen Lecce” is identified as one of the “slaves” auctioned off that evening. The website explains: “Slaves (are) obligated to be available from 10 AM until 6 PM, or other time negotiated with ‘owner’.”

He auctioned his time off for charity for the Children's Miracle Network

torlev1
torlev1
31 · 8 days ago · Reddit

Good lord. Im no fan of this guy but i went to Western and remember these auctuons. They were not racist. They were not "mock" auctions of real slave auctions. Boys would volunteer to be "slaves" for a day to the girls. The girls would buy them, and have them do things like their laundry, or bring them drinks in the backyard for a day. The proceeds went to charity. A harmless concept to say the least.

Bad choice of words, in retrospect, and in todays context, but nobody batted an eye back then, and there was no connection to any minority in these. A better event name would have been man servant auction or helper auction.

Im all for voting Lecce out, but this media storm is incredibly far overblown.

larfingboy
larfingboy
28 · 8 days ago · Reddit

Slavery existed way before the USA, it existed from the dawn of time. The western media has forgotten any previous history and automatically calls it anti-black racism. This is a very narrow view of history.

jcd1974
jcd1974
21 · 8 days ago · Reddit

My high school had an annual "slave auction" in support of the local United Way. You could bid on a teacher and make them do stuff like carry your tray in the cafeteria. Only the most popular teachers participated.

At the time it was considered harmless fun.

bravetailor
bravetailor
20 · 8 days ago · Reddit

Can't stand Lecce, but I'm not a fan of asking people to leave because of a dumb, non-illegal thing thing they did 20+ years ago. Felt the same about Trudeau. I am sure if you look hard enough, most people have done things in the past they'd rather not remember.

In these situations, if what they did in the past bothers you, just don't vote for them (and I didn't).

kokkenbawls
kokkenbawls
18 · 8 days ago · Reddit

Fine to call it out, shit that it happened, he acknowledged and apologized. Move along.

whiskeytab
whiskeytab
17 · 8 days ago · Reddit

lol watching people clamour to simultaneously condemn this and ignore the big blackfaced elephant in the room is hilarious.

both actions were shitty and were products of a different time, neither of them deserve to lose their positions for it.

this sort of "slave" auction for charity was condoned and even organized by schools all over the province, we had it in my high school too... it used to be a way to raise money for charity by having people do dumb shit like carry your books for you.

obviously it was in poor taste but i would wager at least half the province his age has been party to one of these.

seihakgwai
seihakgwai
12 · 8 days ago · Reddit

Gotta love how these things always gets surfaced close to election time

Comprehensive-War743
Comprehensive-War743
12 · 8 days ago · Reddit

You can’t change the past, but you can make changes today. If they are still doing this in schools, they need to stop, or name it something different- like Mom for a Day.

larfingboy
larfingboy
10 · 8 days ago · Reddit

How dare he raise money for a charity, The NDP is calling this Black racism after they booted out one of their few black caucus members out a month ago. How hypocritical of that fat cow.

larfingboy
larfingboy
8 · 8 days ago · Reddit

I'm sure the furthest thing from some horny 19 year old frat boys is anti-black racism. I remember auctioning of a teacher in high school "slave for a day" in the 90's. There was never even an afterthought of racism about it.

The mass media of 2022 has the moral superiority now to judge people based on zero evidence and the desperation of getting clicks.

Sirmalta
Sirmalta
6 · 8 days ago · Reddit

Sigh, and the NDP wonders why half of the left doesnt take them seriously.

Pretty bad timing, NDP.

OmegaDawn_
OmegaDawn_
6 · 8 days ago · Reddit

Wrong no doubt, yet everyone seems to have let the Prime Ministers black face costume and Indian appropriation incident go and let him represent Canada. Lol hypocrisy is definitely alive in politics.

Wandering_Ranger
Wandering_Ranger
5 · 8 days ago · Reddit

I went to western with him. He was a frat guy, political science, student council, politician sleazebag from the beginning.

Then I became a teacher. I worked for the board, and the union. And I watched him bald-face lie to cameras during the strike periods in 2019, and lie again during covid.

I am happy to see any article that reveals parts of this man’s personality bit by bit.

Now let’s all re evaluate What kind of person should be education minister? It’s crazy to me that they don’t appoint people WHO HAVE WORKED IN EDUCATION. I’m not sure this man ever even attended public school. He’s a hired yes-man for the premier. Regardless of what political side you’re on, this is a deranged system.

n0x103
n0x103
5 · 8 days ago · Reddit

I think Lecce is terrible at his job, and hope ford doesn't get reelected, but some of you are just desperately looking for a reason to be outraged...

Lonely_Empath
Lonely_Empath
5 · 8 days ago · Reddit

I went to Western with Lecce.

Once a POS, always a POS.