House for Rent: Not you, you're Native

by anthonyamato on Septembre 4, 2015 - 1:34pm

House for Rent: Not you, you’re Native

            CBC News stated in ‘No natives please’: Kijiji pulls apartment ad for Prince Albert, Sask. after complaint on August 25th, 2015, that an ad posted on Kijiji (a marketplace similar to Ebay) was recently removed by the company. The advertisement was published in hopes of renting out a three bedroom, 1000 square foot home in Saskatoon. However, the title says it all: “3 bedroom east flat house, no natives please”. The author of the ad also stated that renters must be working and not stay-at-home mothers. Due to complaints, Kijiji agreed to remove the ad since it was deemed against the law. Another Native family also gave commentary to CBC experiencing similar discriminatory actions, as described in the article, where the landlord lied and denied vacancy to the mother yet when the younger daughter called (with no audible accent), a spot in the apartment suddenly appeared. The article concluded with Kimberly Jonathan, interim chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, stating that the reaction following this advertisement may be a turning point for the region since the idea of race is being spoken.

 

            To start, the fact that the advertisement denies native people a chance at renting a home is not just, despite being highly discriminatory. These first nation people should not be discriminated against merely because of societal stereotypes inferring negative traits to natives. A specific ethnicity or “race” does not have traits. Humans have traits, not “races”, which differ from person to person. Traits are determined by instilled values and morals of a person, and thus the owner of the advertisement should not make racial assumptions. This logic follows for the other landlord mentioned as well. We should not be basing our decisions or denying a specific “race” equal opportunities merely because of skin color or any other arbitrary and subjective process especially because skin color, for instance, as mentioned by Jablonski, in the article Human Skin Pigmentation as an Example of Adaptive Evolution, is essential for evolution by natural selection and should not be used as a classification label.  

 

CBC. (2015, August 25). ‘No natives please’: Kijiji pulls apartment ad for Prince Albert, Sask. after complaint. CBC News. Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/no-natives-please-kijiji- pulls-apartment-ad-for-prince-albert-sask-after-complaint-1.3202505