Shocking Truth: Racism in Canada is Still Alive

by antoine riendeau on October 2, 2014 - 12:29am

Shocking Truth: Racism in Canada is Still Alive

The article ‘’ Racism Is Canada's Problem Too - Let's Talk About it’’ by Craig and Marc Kielburger in the Huffington Post from September 18th, 2014 explains several ideas to deal with racism which is still alive in Canada. Indeed, as the author points it out, even if Canada is a multiculturalist’s country, it is not protected against racism. The minister of State for Multiculturalism, Tim Uppal, and his Sikh family were recently victims of racist comments. Also, the authors specify that the shooting in Ferguson had cause a huge debate in the United States, but they were few mentions in the media about more local issue concerning this same problem. To discuss potential solutions for eradicate racism and discrimination, the brothers Kielburger interviewed Darren Lund, a professor in education at the University of Calgary. First, he suggests that this serious topic needs, sometimes, to be approach lightly like in music concert. Second, the professor avoids criticizing cruelly someone, especially children, who make racist attacks. He rather talks about the meaning and consequences of racist behaviours. Third, he refers to the Canadian Race Relations Foundation which states that we should not diminish the relevancy of others’ experience. Finally, the expert suggests trusting the younger because they could deal with hard issues too. Lund concludes by inviting the Canadians to talk about racism, so we could begin to fix it.

I mostly agree with the article. First, the expert that the author refers to has a solid background to talk about the issue of racism. He has more than 25 years of practice dealing with this social problem. His experience brings a lot to the article. Also, the expert talks about solutions to counter racism which makes the article more relevant. It gives clue to the readers to deal themselves with this issue. However, his explications of solution lack of examples which make them a little bit vague. The authors highlights to recent examples of racial slurs that prove without no doubt that racism is this present in our society. Before reading this article, I had not heard about the Uppal’s incident at the tennis court and I watch very often the news on TV. It is like it has gone under the radar. It just reinforces the argument about the shooting in Ferguson that the media try to hide or diminish the importance of racism in Canada. For the population, it is like it does not exist. It has become a taboo because people are ashamed to talk about it. It soils the reputation of Canada seen as an open-country. However, racism is still present and existing and we can see it every day. Denial is, for me, today’s racism biggest problem because it is in a sense accepting it. It aware people who are perpetuating racist behaviours, that they do something normal and not discriminatory. In that way, racism cannot be abolished. For example, I have a friend of colour who is searching a job since more than 3 months. He has gone through many interviews, but no one gave him a chance. For my part, as a white man, I never had any difficulties searching for a job. It is hard to proof that employers use racist thinking to chose employees, but some probably do. It is easier to say that he did not respond to all the criteria compare to his white homologue. It is perceived as normal for an employers to decide who he is going to employ, but what abnormal is that people of colour has more difficulties to find jobs. At least, it is what I found when talking with other students. To conclude, Racism in Canada is still present and we have to stop denying it. Media should heighten awareness to racism, so that people start to talk about it.

 

 

Kielburger, Marc & Graig (2014, September 18). " Is Canada's Problem Too - Let's Talk About it ". The Huffington Post. Retrieved September 28, 2014 from http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/craig-and-marc-kielburger/canada-racism_b_5...

Comments

I mostly agree with the article and I share your opinion. I think we should find solutions to stop racism in Canada, because it is, even if people sometimes deny it, a really big problem that should not be accepted. Canada is supposed to be an open-minded country but, in fact, it is not that much. Yes, we do accept immigrants from other countries, but after, we don't treat them properly. I don't understand why a person of color has more difficulties to get a job, if he/she has the expertises they need to have to get the job. That kind of discrimination should not be accepted in any business. In fact, any kind of discrimination and racism should be accepted. We should find a good way to talk about racism, because we have to talk about it and stop making this subject a taboo. We have to be able to make people realize how much it is present in our country, even if they don't want to see it.

This is an interesting article and I totally agree with you. Racism is something that can’t be abolished completely. It shocked me that, though Canada is a multicultural country, there is still a lot of racism though not as compared to USA. I was once a victim of racism, I remember five years ago I went to a store to buy a pair of sneakers, as I was entering the store, the store owner asked me to get out that the shoes were very expensive for me. I felt very embarrassed because I knew he sent me out because I’m black. It’s funny because the sneakers were only $100 and I had about $300.Racism is still very much alive in Canada, not only whites are racists for example the store owner was an Arab. I also totally agree with you concerning job searching because I have friends that can’t really find jobs. I think it’s more difficult for blacks or another race to get a job in certain companies than whites. One thing that really pisses me off is when a cop pulls a black guy over just because he is driving an expensive car not known there are also hardworking black men out there. Not every black guy is a criminal or a drug dealer same as not every white person is racist. To conclude, racism shouldn’t be taken lightly, anyone involve in racism should be severely punished. Not only whites are racists, there are racists in every race. Come on guys it’s 2014 not 1920 we all need to live in peace with one another regardless of the colour of your body or where you come from. Different colours one people that is how it should be.

got pullover because he's black :http://www.streetgangs.com/billboard/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=11357

victim of racismhttp://www.vice.com/en_ca/read/canada-is-still-racist

I agree it is very shocking to think of a multicultural place like Canada to still have evidence of racism. I agree with the expert that mentioning a hard topic should be done so lightly but don’t get the music concert connection. I fully agree with the second point he brings in which is avoid criticizing people especially children. As I continued reading, it was said that the expert suggest in trusting the younger because they can deal with hard issues too. Yes I believe that is true but I believe they can’t do it alone that they might need to be guided and supported too, personally finding a job is hard no matter who you are, I am a white female and is having a hard time to find employment, I am not saying it is not hard for your friend of color but I do not think is it only them who has a hard time, my friend also white has a hard time, I think it is a touchy subject debating if employers are being racist or not, I am not taking that away from you some are that is true but some are not. I have to say you do bring in very good points to keep in mind.

Race is something very real in Canada, you sometimes may not realise it, but you see it in our everyday lives, and I think its the stereotypes that our Canadian culture accepts to view as normal, which is wrong, this is what we call a democratic racism, and these views that we believe in are effecting the way we subconsciously view people of different colour or race (in my opinion), and this could effect job opportunities, or promotions, or acceptance to schools even...there's clearly a problem here, and one of the bigger issues to that could be speaking about is the lack of doctors that are needed in Canada, we have many applicable doctors form outside Canada that our own government encourages to come be a doctor here, yet when people from outside Canada are applying for these jobs most of the time they are denied if you want to check out the video they made on this here it is... https://www.nfb.ca/film/doctors_without_residency

I do agree that racism should be a non existing thing in Canada, but there's still going to be racism nowadays, but it is much better than how it was in the past. Slowly but surely racism will be something we will rarely see. ( Hopefully). I'm not saying that "Hey racism is going to be around lets just wait until it's gone", but I'm saying that at least expect acts of racism. From what it used to be and what it is now, a lot has changed. Racism used to be a regular thing back in the 19th century but nowadays if we see someone being clearly racist they get called out and looked down upon. For Example the owner of Los Angeles Clippers Donald Sterling made some racist comments and in consequence he got banned from the NBA for like and fined two and a half million dollars. So in conclusion yes racism is still around the world but we're doing something about it and taking it very seriously.

If you want to learn more about what happened about the incident about Donald Sterling here's a article from the guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/may/20/donald-sterling-officially-...

I do agree that racism should be a non existing thing in Canada, but there's still going to be racism nowadays, but it is much better than how it was in the past. Slowly but surely racism will be something we will rarely see. ( Hopefully). I'm not saying that "Hey racism is going to be around lets just wait until it's gone", but I'm saying that at least expect acts of racism. From what it used to be and what it is now, a lot has changed. Racism used to be a regular thing back in the 19th century but nowadays if we see someone being clearly racist they get called out and looked down upon. For Example the owner of Los Angeles Clippers Donald Sterling made some racist comments and in consequence he got banned from the NBA for like and fined two and a half million dollars. So in conclusion yes racism is still around the world but we're doing something about it and taking it very seriously.

If you want to learn more about what happened about the incident about Donald Sterling here's a article from the guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/may/20/donald-sterling-officially-...

I agree with this article and think it is shocking that in a place like Canada in 2015 there is still clear evidence of racism. Racism is all around us, whether or not we always notice it. As mentioned in the article, racism has an effect on job opportunities, school acceptance and much more. A person should not have more trouble getting a job because of the colour of their skin or their ethnicity, especially if they qualify for the position. I agree that the expert’s solutions on racism make it a lot more relevant and allow the readers to think of how they can help solve the issue themselves. I also agree that the media tries to hide or diminish the importance of racism in Canada. It is clear that racism is all around us and there has to be something done about it, rather than trying to hide it or look past it. Just like the example you gave about your friend, I’ve read many articles on the news with similar situations. Although people will deny it, it is fact that coloured people or people of different ethnicities have a harder time finding employment. I agree that in order to stop racism in Canada, people have to stop denying it. The media plays a major role in our society and has the ability to fix this problem. If the media raises more awareness on racism, people will start to talk about it and then hopefully this problem will disappear over time. We should be living in a world where everyone is treated as equals.