In July we published a story about a Canadian white woman who was denied a government job because of her race. It was an appalling case of discrimination, which would never make it to the Human Rights Commission. Few days ago we received a letter from a reader, which made some great points about that post.
Since those are issues that need to be discussed in public, below we show the full text of the letter, followed by our comments. The only change made was to omit the reader’s name in order to protect his/her privacy:
I was reading the post from July 26th, 2010 entitled “Get Lost Whitey” by admiwrath and I had the following response. You want to discuss institutional racism? Have you even considered the consistent marginalization of aboriginal peoples in this country is the ultimate example of this practice? Maybe before you start complaining about the hiring practices of the Canadian government you should consider why it is that you are here in the first place.
Where ever you are in Canada right now, you are on stolen land. This land was stolen from aboriginal people through a completely absurd treaty process which was forced upon First Nations. Or perhaps you think this sort of blatantly racist treatment of aboriginals in Canada is relegated to the history texts. Not so, my friend. Many native communities have inadequate infrastructure: poor and over-crowded housing, over 100 reserves are on a “boil water” advisory or are without basic sewage and electricity. Aboriginal health is also generally poorer than that of the average Canadian: higher infant mortality rates, lower life expectancy, tuberculosis rates 8 to 10 times higher than the rest of Canada.
Many reserves also lack proper educational facilities (see Attawapiskat or Kasheshewan, Ontario). In fact, 1 in 4 First Nations children live in poverty compared to 1 in 6 children in Canada. Overall, the average Canadian gets services from the federal, provincial and municipal governments at an amount that is almost two-and-a-half times greater than that received by First Nations citizens. If you really believe that whites are somehow being treated unfairly, perhaps you should read the article, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh, followed by “The Color of Supremacy: Beyond the Discourse of White Privilege” by Zeus Leonardo.
If these are not your thing, try researching the UN Human Rights Council’s condemnation of Canada’s treatment of aboriginal and other marginalized people. Canada was one of 4 nations which refused to endorse the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the other 3 being Australia, New Zealand and the US…all of whom have substantial indigenous populations and essentially the most to lose from giving aboriginal people the same rights as everyone else). Now, do you really think that the government’s hiring practices are unfair? Don’t aboriginal people deserve some sort of leg-up after centuries of devastation? Just a thought.
C****** from Ottawa
You make some excellent points, which need to be discussed openly for the benefit of the Canadian public.
I am not complaining about the government hiring practices per se. What bothers me is that the government ignores a document called Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Supposedly, it was introduced to ensure the equal treatment of all Canadians, yet the Left with remarkable ingenuity violates the Charter by introducing more and more minority right, for which the silent majority is supposed to pay.
You are asking why I am here. Well, I came to Canada many years ago, because I liked the country and the country needed qualified people to work and pay taxes. I have worked all my life and have never received a penny that I have not earned (except from the lottery). Now things are much easier, many people can get welfare assistance as soon as they arrive and live off of it for years (remember the Tamil “refugees”?).
I don’t live on stolen land. The humans didn’t evolve in North America, everybody here came from someplace else. Even the so-called “First Nations” came from Asia. They never occupied large territories of land, Canada was very sparsely populated. Most of the European immigrants never had conflicts with them when settling.
In order to be fair, we will probably have to respect the priority of the animals, because they have been here long before humans. Wouldn’t it be better to make land treaties with the Bear Nation or the Squirrel Nation?
The Natives in Canada say that they are “sovereign nations”, but a nation is supposed to have some responsibilities. They have their own government bodies, why don’t they take care of their people? The Natives don’t pay taxes; officially 96% of their income comes from all kinds of social assistance, treaty annuities, etc. They even have a federal ministry, which deals exclusively with them. Millions of dollars come from selling tax-free cigarettes and casino income. Don’t you think that a small fraction of that money would solve the housing issues on the reserves?
And despite that, nothing has improved. The bulk of the money is kept by chiefs and activists and the common folks there get nothing. And why not, if there are enough white fools who keep paying for all that.
Why don’t the chiefs develop businesses on their territories? Or why don’t Natives go and look for jobs elsewhere like everybody else in Canada?
Ever heard of the Mennonites? I have lived in their area and I know them well. They are simple people, many of them are not educated, but they are hard working. They have never received a penny from the Canadian government, yet their communities thrive.
What is stopping the Natives from acting the same way? It is obviously much easier to play victim and get more and more money. In the recent case in Caledonia (Ontario) Native thugs terrorized the local population for months under the silent protection of the police. Ironically, they were harassing the very people who paid the taxes going to the social assistance, which allowed them not to work. Do you find this fair?
I read both articles and I found them quite amusing. In the first one, White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, the author states her point near the beginning:
I think whites are carefully taught not to recognize white privilege, as males are taught not to recognize male privilege. So I have begun in an untutored way to ask what it is like to have white privilege. I have come to see white privilege as an invisible package of unearned assets that I can count on cashing in each day, but about which I was “meant” to remain oblivious. White privilege is like an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, code books, visas, clothes, tools and blank checks. Describing white privilege makes one newly accountable. As we in women’s studies work to reveal male privilege and ask men to give up some of their power, so one who writes about having white privilege must ask, “having described it, what will I do to lessen or end it?”
Yes, it is horrible to be a man, but being a white man is even worse. You can ask the hundreds of thousands of unemployed ordinary people in Canada how their “white privilege” is working for them. The whole article is a clumsy attempt to instil guilt in white people. It’s an ages-old salesman’s trick – if you make people feel guilty, they will keep paying for whatever you ask without many questions.
Exactly the same trick was recently used in Edmonton’s “ant-racism” campaign. It was pathetic and the organizers backed off from the “white guilt” gimmick pretty quickly. If you want fairness, you should require everybody to contribute equally.
In the second article, The Color of Supremacy: Beyond the Discourse of White Privilege, the author provided quite a few entertaining points about the alleged “white superiority”.
20. Inheritance laws favor whites, whose families benefited from free black labor during slavery. Centuries later, their children retain their parents’ wealth. In general, whites bequeath wealth onto their children, whereas blacks often bequeath debt to theirs (Oliver & Shapiro, 1997).
That’s beyond laughable. So to restore fairness, we need to confiscate the money of everybody, whose ancestors owned slaves hundreds of years ago. Should we give it to the slaves’ descendants? Of course not! Following your logic, the Natives should get everything, because both the slave owners and the slaves were unwanted intruders.
Many blacks don’t “bequeath debt” to their children (at least those whose lives are not ruined by welfare). They have opportunities that few white people can get.
And this one is priceless:
25. Women of color are more likely to be raped than white women, but less likely to be believed. The U.S. has a long history of sexual abuse of women of color, largely because of their lack of power and whites’ hypersexualization of them. Sexual abuse and rape of women of color create a culture of violence (Davis, 1981).
Raped by whom? White people? Is everything a sinister plot of the white man to keep the “women of color” powerless?
Tell that to the four boys from the Duke University’s lacrosse team, whose lives were ruined by a psychotic black stripper, who falsely accused them of rape. The prosecutor, a white male, not only didn’t find her “less likely to be believed”, but hid evidence to push this absurd case. It’s becoming redundant, but let me ask you again, where is the “white privilege” in this case?
Both articles are written by clueless academics, who are trying to impose their social fantasies on the real world. Even the leftists don’t take them seriously. Otherwise, the NDP caucus in the Canadian Parliament would have consisted mostly of “women of color”, but in reality 99% of their MP’s are white, with the exception of Olivia Chow.
The problem is that all those “solutions” to social issues are proposed by people who don’t actually work. If you teach some wacky subject like “gender studies” and get paid regardless of what you say, that’s not a real job. If you are trying to kill eight hours daily at a government office, that’s not a job.
Most academics have never been in the normal situation of the ordinary people, where they have to provide service or sell goods and their earnings depend directly on the quality of those services or goods. If they don’t deliver, they don’t get paid and won’t keep the job for long. Add to that a family and you will find out that their way of thinking is very different.
How are you going to explain to such a person that his company must accept somebody who is less qualified just because somebody somewhere did something wrong to his or her ancestors? And then the first person must carry the weight of the second one, because he or she can’t do the job properly. Do you think he would be happy? But he would never complain, if he does, they will drag him through the mud to the HR Commission for inconveniencing a minority.
This is the tragedy of North America. While the common people worked to expand the wealth of the nation, the academic and government elites took total control over the mainstream media, trying to enforce every bizarre social engineering idea they may have.
For how long will this continue?
There is no way around that: all people should be treated according to their abilities (with the exception of the disabled, who should be the only ones entitled to special protection). Providing privileges to some due to their race, nationality, sex, religion, etc. is totally wrong.
Thank you again for your letter; it was a pleasure debating you.