Racism Is Prevalent In Canadian Society
by lizzfowler on October 1, 2014 - 8:49pm
In the article Racism Is Canada’s Problem, Too-Let’s Talk about It, Craig and Marc Keilburger, written on September 18th 2014 for The Huffington Post, talk about the various ways that Canada, as a multicultural society, is still not done with its racist ideologies. They give various examples of these instances, including how Canada’s Minister of State fir Multiculturalism was thrown angry racial slurs from a woman just because he is Sikh and happened to be in the same tennis club as her. She went on to say that he was probably unemployed, which is a completely rude and uncalled for comment from someone who has no proof on such matters. The authors also go on to explain how people are trying to abolish the still prevalent racism in Canada. They explain how a school teacher found a drawing of a swastika is a student’s notebook, and instead of reporting him, he took a different approach. He explained to him what the symbol meant, and years later that teacher got a Facebook message from the same student, thanking him for helping to prevent him from going down a path he ultimately didn’t want to. They end the article saying that Canadians are proud of their diverse nation, but it does not make up for the racism and discrimination that is still present in today’s society, but that fixing the problem starts with talking about it.
My opinion on this article is that I could not agree more- racism is still noticeable in today’s society. There aren’t as many racist institutions, and on paper everyone has the exact same rights, but all you have to do is open your eyes and ears and pay attention to how people are treating minorities to know that people are still prejudiced. Members of my own family think that they are so entitled that they talk about how immigrants are ‘taking the jobs of Canadians’. This never struck me as unusual, I thought it was the norm before I started to educate myself on the topic. I used to think that I, as a white person born in Canada, deserved something more than those who are not white and perhaps immigrated from a different country. It was not such a direct thing in my head that “white people deserve jobs more than non-white immigrants”, and I am not even sure if I knew that that is what I was thinking. I know now that this is NOT the sort of idea to have and it IS a racist ideology. I think Craig and Marc Keilburger hit the nail on the head when they said that we as Canadian need to start addressing these small instances of individual racism in our society. The only way it can change is if we speak up, educate ourselves, and try to change our ways.