- Canada: Hey, I’m the furthest northern point in America.
- Mexico: Oh cool! I’m right near the equator in America.
- Brazil: But I am right on the American equator line
- Equator: Hey, I’m another American who is on the equator.
- Columbia: Me too!
- Chile: I may not be on the equator but I make some of the best American wines.
- USA: What the Fuck is this shit? Stop calling yourselves Americans, guys. I AM AMERICA!
- Bolivia: USA what are you talking about? You’re not making any sense. Yes you are American, just like all of us.
- USA: Nope! America is mine! I claimed it, you can’t have it back!
- Guyana: But that would be like France claiming Europe as their own, then telling all the other European countries that they are no longer allowed to call themselves Europe.
- USA: God bless America!
- Paraguay: US, are you even listening?
- USA: FREEDOM!!!
- Venezuela: …fuck.
Racism, addictions linked: study…
I do firmly believe that in Canada, aboriginal peoples are on the whole discriminated against more than any other group, but I also believe this has regional variations that are important, and that blacks in Montreal (as an example) probably face more consistent discrimination than native do, because of the sheer difference in numbers, etc.
In Thunder Bay, the eastern edge of Western Canada, racism against natives is extremely visible. Not just prevalent, but open. The phrase “kill indians” was painted on a sign at our city’s busiest intersection in 2010. This was around the same time that on several occasions, native women walking on the sidewalk had bags of ice hurled at them from moving vehicles. A study by the United Way looking at our city’s Quality of Life found that aboriginals with nearly identical resumes to non-aboriginals spent twice as long searching for work before finding it.
The racism aboriginal people in Canada experience is definitely worse than what blacks and hispanics face in America today. It is quite possibly equal to what black Americans faced in the 1970s. The period when civil rights were won, but not yet widely recognized in practice.
I personally believe that because this kind of racism isn’t as visible in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa, it is largely ignored by the government and Canadian society as a whole. For the majority of Canadians and for the people in the ridings that determine which party forms government, racism against aboriginal people is nowhere near top of mind. Just because racism against native Canadians isn’t too bad in Montreal, doesn’t mean it is an issue that can be pushed aside. It is extremely relevant in the region between Thunder Bay and Prince Rupert. There simply isn’t enough influence from our part of the country to affect the change needed to improve things.
But make no mistake about it: It is really bad here. For those of us living in parts of the country where aboriginals make up 10% or more of the population, the stereotype of Canada being a tolerant and peaceful country is a delusion.
It’s absolutely night and day, depending on where you live. I’m from Alberta, where there is STILL segregation in the bars out in the country. Like, you DO NOT pass the invisible line or shit gets started. Being native is not cool, or hip. The racism is outright and it is extreme. I grew up fighting. All the time. From grade 2 on, school was about not getting your ass beat too badly.
Coming to Montreal, I have been so weirded out by the way people here flip it into ‘noble savage’ mode and gush about how great natives are. Unless they are too visible…like everyone loves to trash the Mohawk and I’ve seen crazy racist shit said about the Inuit, but the racism here is of the stupid ‘natives are so spiritual’ kind.
I agree that because we are so invisible in these places, that racism against natives isn’t a political concern.
My comment on the article isn’t meant to minimise the extreme level of racism found in the Prairies…if you live there, you know it, and if you don’t, no amount of explanation is going to get you to believe it’s that bad. And it is.
Is anyone gonna tell these people that Canada uses provincial government healthcare systems and public health insurance or is everyone just going to sit back and watch these people make asses of themselves?
Wait, don’t answer that.
Police believe that Lin Jun, a 33-year-old engineering student from China living in Montreal, was brutally murdered by fugitive Luka Rocco Magnotta in a twisted case that has been in the headlines in Canada all week. Lin’s body was dismembered and severed limbs were mailed to the government in Ottawa. A manhunt for Magnotta is underway.
Yeah I heard this on the news but I didn’t know the name of the victim. It’s fucking scary.
/x/ has been posting stuff all about the killer guy. he’s done a lot of other shit too, apparently.
the things you learn when you’re looking for livestreams of horror video games…………….. >_<
Yeah, the killer is definitely receiving a lot of attention, while the victim has received relatively little.
I think a lot of people are more interested in lurid, grisly details than in grasping that a Chinese man was murdered by an avowed white supremacist who was hailed on Stormfront.org for his “free speech” in defiance of “the fascism of multiculturalism”. According to the National Post, he apparently advocated a total freeze on immigration to Canada and the US and wrote that “blacks get their own countries, Chinese get their own countries … however if white people want their own countries then we are denied that right”.
Meanwhile Chinese students in Montreal have been shaken by the incident and their families are suddenly worried.
I was finding extremely weird that absolutely NOTHING was said about the victim! I mean, they are even talking about this in France and in the UK, yet this is the very first time I hear about the victim!!
Just goes to show the worth of a non-white life in the western world.
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I don’t recall much discussion about the first wave of South Asian migrants who came on the Komagata Maru in 1914, almost all British citizens who were forced to leave because of Canada’s Exclusion Laws. Nor about the history of the Chinese or Japanese migrants (save for the Second World War internment) and their everyday contribution to building the Canadian West.
There was more on black history, but in my days it largely centred on the underground railway that helped bring former slaves to Canada. It was as if their journeys and struggles ended once they came here, which most of us now know wasn’t the case.
And what is the worst part of our limited education about Canada’s aboriginal communities is that we came to see them largely as victims. Nothing more."
Malcolm X on a Canadian tv show circa 1965
Kleav would appreciate this
"The sad truth of the matter is that while White kids are being sheltered and taught to believe that they are special, kids of colour are actively being torn down and encouraged by the world to see themselves as “other”. White people may look at them as babies, and think that they are cute, but shortly after getting out of diapers, they begin to see Black boys as future rapists, thieves and gang bangers. They are systematically written off as a matter of course. The childhood that White children have, is denied to children of colour, in order to teach them their role in the pecking order. Discrimination does not wait until adulthood."
what do you meeeeaaan canucks arent all benevolent white saviors?!
Oh god yes.
We’re taught so early on we need to do X and Y lest people see us in fucked up ways. Where was that quote from Ron Paul about not holding a child responsible for a major crime but “black boys raised in crime laden areas have maturity beyond that of normal kids and should be held liable” or some shit like that?
THE CONTINUOUS PASSAGE ACT, 1908-1947
…THEREFORE the Governor general in Council is pleased to Order and it is hereby Ordered that, … immigrants may be prohibited from landing or coming into Canada unless they come from the country of their birth, or citizenship, by a continuous journey and on through tickets purchased before leaving the country of their birth, or citizenship.
Wednesday, 8th Day of January, 1908
In 1908, the Government of Canada enacted the Continuous Passage Act which required all immigrants to arrive on uninterrupted journey on their passage ticket, a “continuous passage”, from their point of origin to Canada.
This created a significant barrier to immigration from Asia as trips from most Asian countries involved stops. For Indians, who were also British subjects, this Act made it impossible for them to enter Canada as immigrants.
This law was created in response to slowly increasing immigration from India which sparked fear in the public, recorded as “the Indian invasion” or “the Hindu invasion”. The first South Asians to immigrate to Canada were Sikhs from the Indian province of Punjab. Despite their small numbers (approximately 5000 in 1908), their presence drew racial hostility and resentment that were directed to other visible minority communities.
It is noteworthy that the first Canadian Gurdwara (Sikh temple) was built by the Khalsa Diwan Society in West Vancouver in 1908. This historical footnote is significant because it was the means by which many Indian men made their passage into Canada. As a continuous journey from India was not possible, passengers landed in the United States and then crossed the border illegally to take refuge in the Gurdwara. Legend has it that the temple (built on a hill) had a signal indicating whether or not it was safe to cross the border.
The Continuous Passage Act remained in effect until 1947