Canada, The Land of Multiculturalism and Whispered Racism.
by and.r.e.w.. on October 7, 2014 - 12:10pm
In the article “Racism is Canada’s Problem Too – Let’s Talk About it” by Craig and Marc Kielburger they talk about racism still being around in Canada and almost any “race” is subjectable to it. They start off by talking about Canada’s minister for Multiculturalism and how he was a subject of racism in an Edmonton tennis club for being a Canadian Sikh. He overheard a woman whispering about how she can’t believe the tennis club was allowing Sikhs to become members and continued on by saying she doesn’t believe that the minister had a job. In Canada we seem to be blindfolded to the racism going on around us since we are more focused on the harsh racism that usually comes from the United States. The article also speaks about an Alberta high school teacher by the name of Darren Lund, who was fighting against racism in his town Red Deer back in 1987. He was fighting against the rising numbers of white supremacists in communities nearby by creating community groups as well as inspiring students and teachers to be for social justice and equality. For the students in his classes which were saying racial remarks Lund wouldn’t address them by sending them off to the principal or another punishment, Lund would take them aside to talk to them about the destructive effect of whatever they were saying or practicing. Lund found it better to not minimize anything that was spreading or occurring and that we should stop assuming that things are exaggerated or all in our heads.
I found that the article didn’t talk about some of the main problems of racial discrimination in Canada but it touched the broad idea that Canadian racism is usually never discussed in or with our society. Even though many Canadians believe that our country is accepting and polite we cannot use that to dismay the existence of discrimination and racism in our cities. I agree that our societies should shine more light on the subtle racism that occurs and not just turn a blind eye to it. If we end up ignoring what’s there it would just grow bigger and bigger over time without many people noticing that something is wrong. I also believe that not everyone can just be talked out of an ideology. If it’s rooted into someone it may take a few years of experience before they change opinions on the subject but I agree that social equality should be something that is in schools and usually taught by the teacher. It would give us a sense of a good social structure that would make equality feel more normal instead of something that is just said to be present in our society.
Kielburger, C., Keilburger, M. (2014, September 18). Racism Is Canada’s Problem Too – Let’s Talk About it. Huffington Post. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/craig-and-marc-kielburger/canada-racism_b_5...