Reply to: Minorities Given a Disadvantage in the Housing Department
We do not hear a lot about inequalities and discrimination in the housing department and this is why I decided to comment on your post. I was interested to learn more about this topic.
I agree with you, it is harder for people from racial minorities to acquire a house. According me, by saying that this kind of discrimination is “very subtle and hard to catch", you gave the most plausible reason why this phenomenon still exist today. In my opinion, it is a form of white privilege that white people can enjoy because they do not have to worry about being targeted as racist since nobody knows about it. Tim Wise once said: "... it pays to be a member of the dominant racial group. It doesn't mean that a white person will get everything they want in life, or win every competition, but it does mean that there are general advantages that we receive". This issue in housing department is unfortunately not as much reported in the media than some other forms of discrimination or racism. I think that many white people denounce racism only to be "politically correct". But do they really mean it? Just by looking at this situation in the housing department, we can conclude that a lot of white people do not really advocate against racism. To add to your argumentation, I would say that many people use discourses of democratic racism such as denial and blaming the victim to justify these inequalities. While some people simply deny that this situation exists, others might say that it’s the fault of racial minorities if they cannot access to housing as easily as white people.
I invite you to take a look at the following link. It’s an interview that demonstrates that still to this day, many people deny the existence of white privilege even if their are evidences to support it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-KBFuobhDk
Reply to: Defining the New Ideal Masculinity
I decided to comment on your post because I really appreciated your writing style and the reflection you made about the ideal masculinity.
I totally agree with every ideas you brought up in this post and especially when you mentioned that "women are not the only ones who are self-conscious about how they should act and appear". We tend to focus a lot on the pressure put on women to look like a model and how it impacts their self-confidence. But what about men? I think we do not hear too much from them because as you said, to be a real man you have to be strong. Complaining would be seen as weak and therefore not masculine. Both men and women have a hard time to fit in society's norms, but in my opinion we created this situation. As a woman, I know I have a preference for men that are muscular and I am not the only one. However, I do not base my expectations of a man on my ideal. My boyfriend is not this stereotypical muscular guy and it is perfect this way. I think it is normal to have our idea of the perfect man, however, we must be careful not to make it essential. You mentioned that "Men are perceived as heroes who are able to protect and handle any physical circumstances". I agree with you that men are expected to be heroes and not to worry about anything. From a woman point of view, I want my man to be protective. But protective for me does not mean to be strong and to know how to fight. Being protective is to be caring and to be ready to make concessions for your family's well being.
Therefore, in my opinion, the phenomenon of the "Men box" is created by women's desire to have the perfect man. But do you think being able to distinguish our ideal from what we want in real life is enough to halted this pressure for perfection?
Reply to: Montreal Is an Open City for Multiculturalism!
I choose to comment on your article because your title draws my attention. I wondered how the author would justify that Montreal is open to multiculturalism.
I agree with you when you say that having a great cultural diversity does not guarantee that everybody is accepted. You mentioned in the summary of your article that the author thinks that Montreal is open to multiculturalism because of the neighborhoods designed to welcome different nationalities (e.g. little Italy). So to add to your argument, I think we can say that having these neighborhoods does not mean that people from different nationalities won’t face racism or won’t have trouble finding jobs. In my opinion, some people use this example of neighborhoods to deny that some other areas of our society are not open to multiculturalism. Denial is one of the discourses of democratic racism, which is one of the most common forms of racism in Canada.
So I was wondering if these neighborhoods really help minorities to feel more at home or it rather creates a feeling of being apart of society.
Reply to: Volunteering at the Old Mission Brewery: A Short but Stimulating Experience
Good job! Homelessness is a real problem that we must address in order to grow as a society. I too have volunteered in a homeless shelter specialized in aboriginal homelessness. You are right it really is stimulating and I hope you continue your initiative.
Reply to: Child's right
Great work! I really proud to see other students getting involved and taking action. As we have volunteered in a homeless aboriginal shelter I can say I have really seen the difference it makes to get involved.
Reply to: Starbucks, Chinatown, And Aboriginals: A Story Not as Dark as My Coffee!
the pictures are up....
Reply to: Abstract: Research on Cyberbullying and its Repercussions on Youth
After volunteering in an aboriginal shelter I have discuss bullying and other form of oppressions. As you said the younger the individual is confronted with bullying the more likely he will developed a lifelong mental illness.
Reply to: Is a mind a terrible thing to waste ?????
Thank you for your input! It is scary to see how bad the statistics are and how little we hear about it in the news. After having volunteered in a homeless shelter for this course I can say that: I have witnessed a strong sense of community and mutual aid. This mutual support directly and positively affect the mental health. Having a sense of belonging to a group is part of the Maslow's hierarchy of needs which leads to self-actualization. We must encourage the grand public to include the homeless in order to stop the neglect and isolation the homeless face.
Reply to: Advocating for Aboriginals
After volunteering at the PAQ I have come to grasp the true significance of their help. It was probably hard to understand in my last post. The driving force at the PAQ, like many other homeless shelter, is to survive and to help the most at the save time. The administrative are trying the best they can to cope with the fast pace of working with homelessness in a metropolitan. It is hard to dedicate time to an online website when instead you can help with laundry, cooking, and the panning of activities. However, it is true that the website needs updating but if you are in deep need of the statistics the PAQ does keep a count of how many First Nations, Metis, and Inuit come. Please feel free to communicate with them!
Reply to: Helping the Homeless (...or not)
In my News activism class I have had the chance to partake in a volunteer opportunity in Montreal to help the homeless. I believe it is very important to help the less fortunate. I admire shelters that have people who devote their lives in aiding others. Like in your post where you highlight the fact that the researchers are still unsure of the causes and reasons behind homelessness I too judge it must be as a major social issue that must be addressed in society in order to propel our community forward.
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