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 dirtbag2
Joined: 4/7/2007
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Just a guess.. but I'm thinking that pof.prize's course of study at university is NOT English.
 yna6
Joined: 1/21/2007
Msg: 56
aboriginal racism....still happening today?
Posted: 1/8/2009 3:59:36 PM
^^^good post...but it also describes many other people, not just natives.
We can also look at it from another viewpoint, which has been validated already. Many tribes gained lands and populance by assimilation, war, intermarriage, etc. etc. This is historical fact right from the elders. A new tribe came along and did the same thing...a tribe called "Europeans". Just because their skin colour was different doesn't mean the tactics were not the same as those natives inflicted upon one another!
But...the past IS past and need not be addressed in ths forum. We already know that natives have to "go white" in order to survive in the 21st century. They cannot live as their ancestors did. They are way too acclimatized to "European" living and technology...including that computer you are posting with, the internet, the electricity, etc, etc.
The only way to gain these things are through working and paying for them. $$$ speak.
There are many people out there who can be included in the same boat as any of the problems you have listed. It reaches across skin colour and race and religion.
One "group" need not have "specialized" programs for them...all people need access to them. That is called "equality". Until we reach that, we'll always have problems, and people saying they are not being treated the "same" because of...pick a reason.
 compleat_man
Joined: 10/3/2008
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Posted: 1/8/2009 4:29:18 PM
yes there is racism..because someone described as 'native" in Canada will get 100% of their university or college tuition paid for by government, solely based on RACE..

while a (possibly brighter, more 'deserving' white/black/Asian person will have to work their butts off at part-time, summer jobs, etc. to pay their own way..)

that is racism..favoritism based solely on race..sure, you can explain to me why it's "really not" ?

also you didn't have to pay sales tax on your purchases, while the non-native person in front of or behind you did, buying the same products.? hmm, smells like racism? or pay any income tax on income earned on a rez? why? race, right?
 TooShadows
Joined: 9/26/2008
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Posted: 9/29/2011 4:47:14 PM
I thought I'd bring this one back up instead of starting a new thread. I recently found that racism can come from Aboriginal people as well.

I'm currently working as a project manager for a house construction company on a remote reserve in northern Manitoba.If you watch the 2011 season of "Ice Road Truckers" you'll see some of these reserves. We build and renovate homes for the population here. There's about 500 people here,and less than 2 dozen whites.

I tend to treat people as equals,and it's been no different here. I treat everyone with courtesy,dignity and respect,especially the elders of the rserve. Because of this I've made a lot of friends,and even the men working for me consider me one of the guys and are always inviting me on fishing and hunting trips.

One big problem I have is people wanting building materials. What makes it worse is when councillors make promises to people,and one councillor is really bad for it.

Last week a man came and asked me for kitchen cupboards and a countertop. I told him I didn't think I had extra. On Monday he cornered me on a job site and asked when he could pick up his new kitchen. When I told him I didn't have anything he got mad and said that a councillor had promised him a new kitchen. I said the councillor had no business making promises with materials that weren't his,and the man drove off mad.

Later that day I was summoned to the band office. The man had written a letter saying my exact words were,"That effing councillor had no effing business making effing promises!"
Swearing at a local resident is the worst thing a white person can do up here,and some have been ejected off the reserve for doing so. I then had to explain my acxtions and defend myself,which was pretty hard.

Luckily the homeowner had been a witness and backed me up instead of agrreing withe letter's author. But even several of the guys working for me were called in and asked if they'd ever heard me swearing about anyone.

I feel I was the victim of racism. The resident knew he could have me kicked out by saying I swore about a councillor and tried to do it,all because he was angry that I wouldn't give him what he wanted. Now I realize this was just one incident,but it's still upsetting.
 ThePrettyReckless
Joined: 6/14/2010
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Posted: 9/30/2011 12:46:00 AM
You know... I never bought into stereotypes as a teenager, I thought all these things were fabricated. Then I grew up and moved to the city and was shockingly surprised at how often I saw stereotypes being fulfilled. Gay men with limp wrists and lisps, drunk natives, black men speaking what could only be considered english in a very very loose sense of the word, a large percentage of homeless people that were actually drunks/junkies/hookers. I still don't believe acknowledging the truth in stereotypes makes me racist.

However, making assumptions or judging an entire race because of those stereotypes would, and is wrong. I have heard though(especially in neighborhoods where there are a lot of homeless people) that some grocery stores refuse to sell lysol and other similar products on their own, or without a minimum cash purchase of a certain amount.
 vlad dracul
Joined: 4/30/2009
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Posted: 9/30/2011 2:30:38 AM
well living in scotland i can also say that the native people here
usually do not do well either

all the stereotypes are trotted out about drunken, toothless, deep fried mars bar eating,
junkie, wife/husband/partner beating scot constantly in the press and on tv

new comers who have corner shops look at us with disdain and reach for the white lightning cider (£1.50 for 2 litres what a bargain) as soon as you enter their shops

and who really cares? not i. not a lot of the population

the very precious ones get all upset and angry and write letters to publications

lol

anyway did you hear the one about the scotsman, the englishman and the irishman...........
 want to travel
Joined: 7/29/2006
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Posted: 10/2/2011 12:09:45 PM
In CANADA it is a really huge problem,and we are building the museum of human rights, something really wrong here
 matchlight
Joined: 1/31/2009
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Posted: 10/3/2011 9:12:16 AM

definitely against the law in the US.


What happened to the OP was outrageous, and there's nothing wrong with being offended by a remark directed at your race. But the remedy is not to do business with the offender, and to advise your friends to do the same.

Canadian law may differ, and I don't know offhand if that comment would violate any federal law in the U.S. But if so, it shouldn't. The constitutional authority for prohibiting private discrimination is very limited, as it should be.

The U.S. government has no authority to play the white knight, charging around to right wrongs everywhere. That makes this country *less* free, not more. In private matters, I support any racist's right to be just as racist as he pleases.
 totalazzhole
Joined: 3/27/2011
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Posted: 10/3/2011 11:16:07 AM
yes of course it is..along withe ever other type of racism, against 'blacks', against 'whites', against 'Asians', etc.
 KittenCatt
Joined: 6/11/2011
Msg: 64
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Posted: 10/3/2011 3:22:10 PM
Interesting...ever since I've begun taking a mandatory class on Race and Ethnicity, I've had more than one dream about white genocide. Not sure what it means. I don't think it's the answer. Not sure what's ever going to make situations such as the OP's better.
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