Racism Free Edmonton doesn’t back down

- November 9th, 2010

I’m sure that the people at  Racism Free Edmonton meant well when they set out to get people to think about the issue of racism but apparently they can’t see that using certain language like “White privilege” will make the situation worse not better.

Yesterday I told you about the spokesman for Immigration Minister Jason Kenney denouncing the language. You can find Alykhan Velshi’s comments here but the summary is, the federal ministry funding this program is not too impressed. Then this morning in the Sun my colleague Ezra Levant wrote a column about the campaign. Here’s a sample of that column.

What is Racism Free Edmonton’s advice for stopping racism? You must “acknowledge your white privilege.”

They say white Canadians “have likely harmed non-white people with our own whiteness.” Sorry, the only people I know who talk that way are race-obsessed bigots.

And in case you aren’t willing to be called a racist just because you’re born white, Racism Free Edmonton has another insult for you: You’re just a racist in denial of your racism. And denying your racism “perpetuates racism.”

Well instead of making the people at Racism Free Edmonton see the light and admit that their choice of words may not be the best, all of this attention just made them double down. Did you know that white people get served faster in convenience stores because of their “Whiteness?” I didn’t but it must be true, it is in a letter to the editor from Charlene Hay at the Centre for Race and Culture in Edmonton. The letter is below.

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5 comments

  1. Kevin in Edmonton says:

    Is it not wonderful to see that the stupitidy of some politicians and social groups continue to make statements about any race without taking in to context the undesired effects of there statements.

    “White privilage” now it will forever be known as the stupid tag line created in Edmonton by a bunch of wingnuts and liberal do gooders.

    I don’t care what colour, creed or religion or you are. I expect you to be civil and show up at work ontime in the right frame of mind to do a proper days work and earn the money your being paid. If you cant do that then your a drain on the ecomomy and considerations should be taken in to mind on how best to deal with you. Lazy is lazy, stupid is stupid the comments that “white privilage” exists is simply silly we all have much better things to do in this life then to deal with wingnuts who want the world to be a happy little place filled with love and equality. Those thoughts exist in your head they do not exist in life, if you think they do then perhaps you should visit Afganistan and see the happy joy joy life that exists there. Life’s tough, but it’s even tougher when your stupid.

  2. aelfheld says:

    Charlene Hay has just called all non-Caucasian Canadians ignorant, lazy, criminals.

  3. LaVallette says:

    I am a Korean in Japan. Are the Japanese white or honorary white at least becvause they sure don’t like me.

  4. Wingnut says:

    To aelfeld, I think you need to re-read the article again your interpretation is so far offbase that it seems that you just want to “hate on” the article because it’s hitting in some very valid points.

    To the first commenter…your rather “redneck” mentally is showing. Hope you or your family never lose their jobs or need extended medically care.

    And to Ms. Hay who may have lost some insight of her own in speaking for disenfranchised or racialized groups – Perhaps she feels like the “expert” in others marginalization. Certainly that is her call to “privilege” or any source credibility within her field is that she is surrounded by amazingly brilliant and strong “racialized” women/men who bring credibility the CRC. In fact, I would love to see one of the see a racialized woman at the head of CRC as that would speak volumes to a “changing tide” in racial discrimination in this city. White semi-affluent older women/men tend to forget their own hipocracy as they age. Mr Riley and Mr.Kroenig are again excellent examples of the hipocracy inherent in this anti-racism initiative. They are the epitome of “white privilege” leading the way on the anti-racism initiative and causing so much damage to the people they are professing to help. I think it a joke that this initiative is being applauded at a national level. From the very day of the launch it has been a tremendously horrific satire but one that effects radicalized people at such a profound level. Perhaps I should have sent my comments to one of these three individuals so they could speak for me because as a radicalized person apparently my voice has no credibility as I am not part of the panel of “experts” that is working on this initiative that Mr. Riley extols in his rhetoric. Hmmmm seems to me that there is much work to do just with RFE itself.

    Signed a proud racialized wingnut

  5. PaulinAB says:

    I trust this isn’t the part Wingnut thought to be a “red neck” attitude by Kevin-
    “I expect you to be civil and show up at work ontime in the right frame of mind to do a proper days work and earn the money your being paid. If you cant do that then your a drain on the ecomomy and considerations should be taken in to mind on how best to deal with you. Lazy is lazy, stupid is stupid. ”
    Frankly, none of Kevin’s comment dealt with medical care, and as for losing his job, if Kevin didn’t fulfil the criteria he brought up he deserves to be fired.
    As the accepted meaning of “redneck” pertains to white people, or “non-racialized” (since apparently only “people of colour” can be “racialized”, you sir, are a bigot and a racist. Please, don’t preach to us of hypocrisy.

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