Racism Free Canada

by aoranos on September 29, 2014 - 10:40pm

This article by Rachel Décoste comments on Canada's "don't ask, don't tell" mentality when racism is concerned. As Canadians, we often pride ourselves in being a tolerant, open-minded, free society, yet our media honours a code of silence when it comes to racism. The article gives an example of a Toronto man named Orville Lloyd Douglas who wrote an article called Why I hate being a black man. His article discusses the negative projections associated with his race and gender. The article was published in a U.K. newspaper, but looked over here in Canada. Before Mr. Douglas was published in the U.K., he tried to get his article published in Canadian newspapers but "None of [the Canadian newspapers] thought this perspective was fit to print." This article by Décoste says that Canadian media views non-stereotypical narratives of African-Canadian men as not important. The media would more likely present a black man in a negative light than a positive one. The author gives the example of the media attention Ben Johnson receives (as recently as September 2013) for doping over 25 years ago. The media fails to focus on other known Olympic cheaters who are not black. The media tends to prioritize black criminals and Olympic cheaters over positive portrayal of Black citizens.

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This post easily catch my attention because it is absolutely true that Canada portrays itself as a great, friendly and accessible country which welcomes immigrants. Canada portrays a positive image which immigrants should feel comfortable immigrating in North America. I agree that behind the positive Canada tries to portray, there are negative facets. Racism is present in Canada like in every other country in the world, but yet we are still hiding it. For example in the media, most of the time, we hear only about negative occurrence related to “Black” people. We ignore positive aspects and fail to recognize valuable feature they have. Like you mention, African-Canadian are seen as no real worth. I feel sorry for Mr. Douglas which wrote his article especially for Canadian newspaper and got refused. Canada does not want foreigners and the rest of the world to see the country as racist. Although Canada display a good image, refusing to admit racism is part of their country is a form of racism. Leaving the subject invisible is in fact a form of discrimination which does not help the problem but worsened it. It feels like Canada is tricking immigrants with their magnificent saying (Come in our wonderful and friendly country… but once you are here you will be a victim of discrimination but you will have no freedom of speech). This article clearly shows corruption how Canada is supposed to be freedom of speech but when it comes to foreigners, they can’t express themselves about how they are being treated like Mr. Douglas. What I do not understand is why Canada focuses to a high degree on welcoming foreigners but yet still have trouble socially accepting immigrants? I believe, accepting there is racism and discrimination in the country and avoid hiding it will be a first good step.

This post catch my attention because I completely agree. We say we live in a multiculturalism country, but racism jokes and comments and situations are happening all the time. Like you said in your post the media chooses to portray only the bad of black people for example and mostly do this with all different groups. They do not choose to look at all the good they accomplish instead they focus on the bad. Or they choose to not even look at it, often racism is ignore, and unless you are someone who has experienced it, most people believe that we are living in a place were we are open-minded and tolerant like you also suggested. It is sad to see that the no one wanted to accept to publish his story of "Why I hate being a black man" because this can make people understand and put themselves in his shoes and everyone shoes who has experience discrimination. Your post was very well written and clear, and interesting title and interesting idea's the whole way through the post. I wonder if people from other groups then black would actually take the time to read the article he publish to understand him. What do you think?

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