A change should be made
by LP on October 28, 2014 - 11:59am
The article “Canadians must discuss our own racism” by Craig and Marc Kielburger in the Wiartonecho on September 14, 2014 explains that Canada might be a country where multiculturalism is present but does not mean that we are protected from racism or discrimination. Tim Uppal, Canada’s minister of state for multiculturalism was actually a victim of racism. Just a few weeks before the article was written Uppal walked in a tennis club in Edmonton where he overheard a woman expressing her dislike that he was allowed to have a membership. She even advocates that Uppal was most likely unemployed. Most Canadians accept our diverse identity but will dismiss any sign of racism. According to Lund, a talker in different high school, the more effective way to address the problem of racism is in a light-hearted approach, especially when talking with young adults. Craig and Marc Kielburger suggested that if we want to fix the problem we must start talking about it.
The first step of solving the issue of racism is acknowledging the problem and talking about it. In a class discussion we talked about how Canada encourages immigration but racism and discrimination is still a big part in our society. Many people believe that racism is not an issue in our country because we appear to be open to different cultures. We can say that Canadian is in a discourse of denial, meaning that Canadians ignore this social issue. While most people are open-minded we can still see inequalities in different institutions. The author was able to demonstrate his point with the example given of Canada’s minister of state for multiculturalism, Tim Uppal. In conclusion, racism is an issue that people must be educated about so we can put an end to it.
Kielburger, Marc & kielburger, Craig. “ Canadians must discuss our own racism.”
Wiartonecho. Wiartonecho, September 14, 2014. Web. October, 24 2014.