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.

 

Reference:

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...

 

Comments

I have decided to comment on this post because your title really grabs the reader’s attention. I strongly agree with you on that racism is usually never discussed in our society. Most people like to think there is no discrimination or racism in Canada, and refer to how bad it is in the United States. Everyone should come to realize that there is discrimination and racism in Canada, but we either do not see it, ignore it, or it’s done discretely. We should look at the subtle racism that occurs instead of ignoring it, because by the time we start to notice it might be too late. I think we are better off having equality everywhere, especially in schools since that is where it usually begins. I would like to think it is possible to stop racism and discrimination, but I honestly think no matter what we do there is always going to be some discrimination and racism in a lot of places which I find sad.

I agree with you that racism is never really discussed to much in our society and it's a bit sad because we don't realise that the only people we're hurting (in our Canadian society) is ourselves. If you really look at the very premise of what people believe racism is, would be races arguing on which is of the up most superiority to others, and it's a very primitive way of thinking, especially that we now have scientific evidence that would argue against those beliefs, yet people still chose to believe in the ideology of racism, which is a good point you brought up, because it's true, you cant just say to someone stop being a racist and the problems solved, there needs to be something done about before it gets out of hand.

The title of your article directly relates to where I live and made me want to read your post. I agree with you that there are still types or racism in Canada and that it will be hard to change the people who firmly believe in the superiority of certain races. Like mentioned in my humanities class however, racism is an idea that is made up by society and most often of times taught at a young age. We even saw this video where children started adopting a type of “racist” belief simply due to the fact that their teacher told them and even adopted some of the racist views. Of course it will be hard but with publicity and awareness being spread we will slowly start to get rid of these beliefs. It only takes one person to inspire so many others to follow their lead and create awareness of any problem occurring in the world and make it come to an end.

i defiantly agree with what your saying, the racism that goes unnoticed can become a problem later on in society. Not only is there a lot of racism that goes on around us, the more dangerous kind would be the the racism behind closed doors. People should learn to raise there children with a better view on cultures and races, teach the children to love one another rather then discriminate, there is another thing that the next generation of kids should learn and that equality. Equality says it all with out directing our attention to one subject, like that, it brings out all the other issues that our society has with one another, like sexism. there's a lot of sexism that goes on as well that goes unnoticed as well.

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