Canada is seen as a country that is racism free, but is that really what’s going on?
by aoranos on September 29, 2014 - 10:42pm
I agree with what Décoste says in her article Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Canada's Approach to Racism. The media tends to stereotype minorities and in doing so gives the general public the idea that white people are less likely to commit crimes than people of colour, for example; if there was no bias towards which stories were told in the news then this sort of issue wouldn't happen. How come when a murder is committed and the suspect is black, it's one of the first things the anchors mention...but when he or she is white, it goes unsaid? Mr.Douglas' article about the adversities he has faced because of our societies negative ideas about black people goes unnoticed but a few white kids get cyber-bullied and it makes national headlines. There's a lot of double standards when it comes to how we view people of colour, and the media attention they get. There is also the case that the media doesn’t talk about racism at all. We rarely hear about racism that occurs in Canada and that’s part of the reason why so many people believe that it doesn’t exist here. Countries all over the world believe that Canadians are nice people and that they wouldn’t dare be racist but that’s not the reality. Canadians hear about the racism that goes on in other countries, such as white cops shooting innocent black civilians in the U.S.A, but other countries don’t hear about what goes on in Canada. Muslims in Quebec are victims of hate crime and that is never talked about in the media. Alberta is predominately white and I have a friend who lives there (she isn’t white) and she faces blatant discrimination every single day. I am sure that she isn’t the only one being discriminated against in her province and neither is anyone else who isn’t white. People who aren’t white are victims of racism in Canada, the media just doesn’t portray it, making Canada seem as if it’s free of racism and discrimination. The article briefly mentions a case where two white, male Habs fans wore fake afros and one of the men even painted his face black. This wasn’t in the news, it wasn’t talked about, and the media ignored it completely. What does that tell you about what’s going on in Canada? Maybe the general public is too afraid to speak about race in fear of offending others that they stay quiet. However, I believe that the only way to move forward is to speak up about the adversities people face and for the media to show whites and minorities in equal light but first they need to acknowledge that racism actively exists in Canada and the media needs to start talking about it.
Décoste, R. (Nov 18, 2013). Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Canada's Approach to Racism. The Blog. Retrieved from http://www/huffingtonpost.ca/rachel-decoste/canada-racism_b_3986270.html