I don’t like talking about this, and I know most other people don’t either, but this is something that keeps popping up in a country that everyone here thinks is a utopia of the most tolerant place on earth. I see it, and most of my friends see it as well. We do it without even knowing we are doing it. And worse, we have buried it so deep that we can easily say, with a strait face, we would never do it.
I have read authors who have spent the better part of their lives tracing the root causes of racism, and they try to explain how it trickles in from within our society. They write about how laws and social norms are created to protect the dominant class from the “in pure” creeping into their ideals. How law enforcement seems to use surveillance of ethnic groups more closely with this concept call the “white gaze,” that authors such as Carol Tator and Frances Henry who write about this in their book called, “Racial Profiling in Canada: Challenging the Myth of a ‘Few Bad Apples.’”
Canada is by far no perfect place. All you need to do is look at our legal history to see how deep this ethnic divide is. See one of our current laws, the Indian Act for example, where an entire group, a race of peoples, is effected by status and class, and where they carry cards that identify them as aboriginal, and they have special communities that they can live in that we call reservations of which they cannot own the property individually. A reservation is no grand place to live, and statistically these places have a ten times higher rate of poverty than the rest of Canada.
Then you should look back further into our history of legislation where there were laws that targeted most ethnic groups through exclusion, limited mobility, and even gender. Even though most of our laws today reflect a more somewhat equal society, the deep seeds of racism are still germinating throughout society.
Am I surprised that hate crimes like the Phillips beating in Courtney, British Columbia are happening? No. Education is the key to correcting this wrong.