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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Since We are on the topic of racism...

Posted on Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 9:17 PM

I thought the majority of Canadians had moved past this. I thought that there were a few hold outs, who were mostly older people, set in their ways who couldn't accept that we are all equal. Apparently I thought wrong.

In the last three months I have seen a disturbing amount of racism and prejudice from a number of different segments of society. Usually it's perpetrated by white people (yes, I am white too) who think that it's not fair that certain categories of people get advantages through employment equity or other such programs.

Now tell me something... was it really fair that there are groups of people who were systematically disadvantaged for generations, who haven't had the same life opportunities as others because they or their parents were segregated. Is it really a surprise when they fail to meet their full potential.

What really killed me was the one guy who went as far as to say that he was entitled to be advantaged because of all the work his ancestors put into colonialism. Well excuse me, even if that was a valid argument (which it's not) it certainly doesn't entitle YOU to any benefit it society. If you want to enjoy the advantages of capitalism or be respected for who you are, do something worthy of respect and stop blaming other people for your short comings.

One last thing, I've also heard a lot of people slamming refugees. First thing is, for the most part these people don't understand the difference between an immigrant and a refugee. A refugee is a person who is granted protection by the Canadian state because they face persecution in their home countries. Do you have any idea how hard it must be to leave your home knowing that you can never go back? In addition, regardless of whether you're talking about immigrants or refugees the fact is that we, as Canadians, are not reproducing at a fast enough rate to support ourselves and so we NEED people to come to our country to help support us.

To finish it's not funny when you use the word nigger, and the next time you think about saying that you feel oppressed by employment equity, take a look at the reality of the people who you are claiming to be disadvantaging you.

Oh and by the way, the employment equity act was passed by a predominantly white, male parliament. —Bigots not welcome here

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