Canadian Multiculturalism overshadowed by racism


This year, the federal government  have spent  half a billion dollars  on sparkling events marking Canada's 150th anniversary- while the blacks and the browns are still in the dark - . Its a fact Canada is having a race problem - and at places it is worse than US .

 Journalist and activist Desmond Cole has rightly said that "There's no domain in Canadian life that racism, and anti-black racism, doesn't exist," He further added " Anywhere we go, we're finding that the police always seem to have an excuse to stop us and ask us what our business is.' This is against the Charter of Rights and the very genesis of Multiculturalism in Canada - It has put Canada today in a different map altogether -the map of Dichotomy .

The Canadian Charter of Rights as envisaged in the Canadian Constitution,under sub heading " Equality Rights" states that - " Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability." - which interalia shows that while the legislative intent is to grant equal right and protection against any sort of discrimination - the hidden intention of the so called natives are otherwise and this is reflected in the Society at various stages starting from large scale bullying of brown kids or kids of the black skinned people in Schools , partisan attitude of School management towards the brown and black kids - in case of conflicts with kids of so called native white people .

According to a 2014 report issued Canada's Correctional Investigator, between 2005 and 2015 Canada's prison population grew by 10%.During the same period, the number of black inmates grew by 69% and the number of Aboriginal inmates grew by 50%.

In fact, almost a quarter of Canada's total prison population is Aboriginal, despite Aboriginal Canadians representing only 4.3% of the population, and the incarceration rate for black Canadians is "three times their representation rate in general society."

There are also the well-known instances of black Canadians commonly being subjected to random police "carding" checks. Not to mention cases of police shooting black men like Andrew Loku and Jermaine Carby dead for no particular reason with the officers involved rarely facing subsequent disciplinary action

That the irony of the issue is the Victims of such Racist attack are also the aboriginals of Canada - then who are these so called natives who are so aggressive ?

The question of racial bias in Canadian policing is under even more scrutiny after news broke sometimes back - that the Thunder Bay, Ont., police force faces a conduct investigation into how it handles the deaths of Indigenous people

The news comes as many people across the country continue to call on the newly established Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) inquiry to examine whether police forces under-investigated the deaths and disappearances of hundreds of women.

But Indigenous advocates say police discrimination against First Nations, Métis and Inuit people extends far beyond death and disappearance investigations and even echoes some of the allegations of police racism raised by the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S
The Black Lives Matter activities definitely resonate with Aboriginals here in Canada," said Celina Reitberger, head of Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services, which serves dozens of First Nations across northern Ontario.
 According to a 2015 Statistics Canada report, only three per cent of adults in Canada are Indigenous, yet they represent between 20 and 24 per cent of adult inmates in Canada's jails and prisons.

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson has publicly acknowledged the existence of racial bias in Canadian policing.

Racial discrimination is deeply ingrained in the policing and justice systems and can't be addressed until it's acknowledged, said Caitlyn Kasper, a lawyer at Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto who has handled race-based complaints against police.

Racial profiling is still an everyday reality for black Torontonians.

Black folks disproportionately live in poverty, and are incarcerated at an “alarming” rate, it states. They are the third-largest visible minority in Canada, and in Toronto make up more than eight per cent of the city's population.

The death of Abdirahman Abdi, a Somali-Canadian, occurred on July 24, 2016, in the neighbourhood of Hintonburg in the Kitchissippi Ward of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada., . and subsequent , data collected over two years backed up claims that racial profiling happens on Ottawa streets

In fact, Canada has a long history of hate-motivated violence towards racial or ethnic minorities attacks based on religion have long been prevalent in Canada, ’. Race and ethnicity, combined with religion, have been the basis for attacks against Jews, Muslims and Sikhs. . mainly against non-white people.

The school is a miniature of society, and a racist society will exhibit power struggles in school. Globalization and the changing goals in education have added to institutional Racism

Racism forming hidden curriculum  which includes bullying, ostracization, physical violence and even murder

Racism has also infected Canadian government Service . A recent news about a  Sikh police officer in Canada had been denied a promotion into the senior ranks because of his race and cultural background has put the final nail in the Coffin. 

Staff sergeant Baljiwan Sandhu, a decorated officer with 28 years of service on the Peel police force, had sought a promotion to inspector in 2013 but was denied so .

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario said that not only he had been denied a promotion but that Peel Regional Police did not consider the portion of work in diversity relations as “real police work”.

“The applicant’s race, ancestry, place of origin, and/or ethnic origin were factors in his failure to be recommended for promotion in February 2013, and as such I find that the applicant has been subject to discrimination because of race,” in violation of the Ontario Human Rights Code, tribunal adjudicator Bruce Best was quoted as saying in the report.In the Words of  Barry Swadron, his lawyer." his superiors did not value the work they had assigned him that prompted the complaint in 2013,” 

The tribunal found that the officer’s cultural and linguistic background resulted in his superiors routinely seconding him for assignments involving the South Asian community.

While this fact is known to all - ,most of the immigrants prefer to lie low - giving a better impetus for continuation of this impunity although in a hush hush manner - for the presence of the fourth estate - which is still not under the full control of the culprits . It short - the entire scenario ; reminds me what In 1996, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples wrote, In short - the entire scenario ; reminds me what In 1996, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples wrote, “A country cannot be built on a living lie.” (Vol II, at 1) -and really today i find Living Lie all around - beautifully camouflaged

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