For example, Canada practiced genocide acts against natives and blacks; there were also many immigration acts which were in favor of white Europeans (Pulkingham,2010). All these examples provide evidence of a nation founded on a belief in European and white supremacy. “Racism in Canada has been institutionalized as deeply as rooted in the UnitedStates,” writes, Stanley .R. Barret who continues to say that the only difference in both countries is that, in Canada, they have tried to cover it by putting a more polite face. In Canada manifestations of racial and ethical prejudices between many multicultural
Even in Canada there are disgraceful issues in the mistreatment and discrimination of First Nations Peoples rooted deep in our nation’s despicable history, concealed and blended into our society and culture so that the countless number of injustices are ignored and left unacknowledged. We are known for fairness, good manners and welcoming smiles, and our flag is the one which Americans wear on their bags when travelling to countries in turmoil; in spite of our nation’s reputation and status we still harbour the discrimination and inequity to minority groups especially towards the Indigenous Peoples. To think that in the country ranked number six in the United Nation’s quality of life index and fifth happiest country in the world, the effects painful effects of colonization are still present through the numerous issues stemmed from discrimination and inequity. One can only imagine the situations in other countries as Indigenous groups are facing these struggles all around the world and in some cases to brutality of femicides, genocide, and even the denial of genocide. The specific issues such as the discrimination of Indigenous
As much as Canada tries to pride itself on treating everyone equally, unfortunately this is not even the case with those of true Canadian decent, our First Nations people. It is human to error, but these errors of judgement and turning a blind eye are costing this minority more than just hurt feelings, it is taking away their rights and making it harder for them to get ahead. Maybe the problem with inequality is people aren’t educated enough. Not educated enough to understand the harsh living conditions forced upon Canadian Aboriginal people, and damages being caused by these unfair limitations brought on by reserves and the Indian Act. These acts of violence do not give them the same opportunities to get ahead as the average while male or
As sociologist Douglas S. Massey has said, “segregation is a key cause of poverty because where one lives determines much about the life chances one faces." And this in the United States is "Created by White prejudice, Actualized by discriminatory behavior and Condoned, if not supported, by government." Today both, in the US and in Europe as well, overt racism is replaced by “politically correct behavior” and the reality of social relations has been rarified. This has made the evil of racism omnipresent, omnipotent but still invisible. It is to the credit of White societies, that, this art is not only universalized but its social reproduction is also ensured.
Maria Campbell’s autobiography Halfbreed is a story of survival, and of overcoming a sense of shame related to ethnic identity. Campbell brings attention to the way in which race in the Canadian multicultural society has been seen as real and definable. She describes the consequences of such racial thinking on Metís individuals (half-breeds or non-status Natives), the humiliating situations visibly Métis or Native people have experienced in their everyday lives, and the consequent, debilitating sense of shame shared by many of them. At the same time, as her story proceeds, Campbell develops a growing sense of empowerment as she takes it into her own hands to define Métisness and introduces a politicized notion of the Métis as a legitimate identity category within the context of Canadian multiculturalism. In Halfbreed, the shame and anger resulting from the degrading, traumatic experiences are in the end not portrayed as debilitating feelings.
Racism during the Civil War Racism has always been enforced, since the beginning of the world to nowadays. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, racism is defined, as a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities. Racism is a specific form of prejudice, which involves prejudicial attitudes towards members of an ethnic group. Racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. Sadly, some individuals believe that another person is less human than them.
Racism is a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and those racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. Prejudice is an irrational attitude of hostility directed against an individual, a group, a race, or their supposed characteristics. Xenophobia is the fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign. And ethnocentrism is characterized by or based on the attitude that one’s own group is superior. Although each word has their own specific meaning, all four are interconnected creating the same product that is nothing but hate and violence towards mankind.
When debates about multiculturalism breaks out, what usually comes to mind would be the how the Aboriginals and many ethnics faced the so called “Canadian Citizenship” dilemma. And in the article “Citizenship + Cultural Belonging”, Chariandy and McCall explicitly describes how many ethnics suffer due to their cultural background and the attempts of the predominantly white society diminishes their rights and culture. Which ironically, displays perfect examples of what cultural belonging is not about. Finally, Findlay and Köhler’s article “Too Asian”, is another perfect example of multiculturalism, as defined by Bennett, "in multiculturalism, because it depoliticizes or aestheticizes difference by emphasizing the cosmetic celebration of cultural diversity, rather than the socially transformative struggle against racism or white
Everybody has personal prejudices based on race and it is inevitable. To deny them would only result in you lying to yourself. Racism, discrimination, white privilege, and prejudices are very real and exist around us. The following paper will conclude the differences between Race, Racism, discrimination, white privilege, and prejudices and will give thorough explanations of what each word means in America’s society today. A solid start to understanding the differences is to understand what race is and the role it plays.