Canada is crowned as the world’s second largest economy (and considered under light of facts – it would top the chats of Global economy). Every year Canada receives over a few hundred thousand applications under various immigration categories. If one tries to find the facts and figures to study the issues reported under racism or discriminatory behavior there is hardly any data available. That raises steep piercing question – Is Canada truly Anti racist? Or “The public face of Canada being Anti racist is not its absolute facet?”
Is the sheet of discrimination actually blank or is it not being filled to let the picture remaining rosy and attractive?
Asian nations such as India (read as “a developing nation”) have quite a haul of facts and figures to deal with when it comes to issue of discrimination. Be it European Nations, China, New Zealand or Australia, the world has heard the “Foul Play” cry over the discrimination and racism issues.
It is no rocket science to understand
If an outsider came to your home and starts staying there as if it were his own – How would you feel?
The undercurrents of discrimination are felt strongly by the Canadian immigrants. Here are some such narrations that will shed some light on the tip of the iceberg.
Mike Patrick (not the real name) is a Muslim, who works as a construction worker. He is an anchor baby and thus, by birthright a Canadian. Mike and his younger brother Chris (name changed), who have no criminal records against them often stopped by police when they are on their way to work. They are questioned for no apparent reason and are forced to feel humiliated. They are compelled to feel as secondary citizens of the nation and
"This is certainly not a very good feeling to be with when I pay taxes and respect my nation as much as they do. I am just an ordinary Canadian but forced to feel disgraced for obvious reason”, says Mike.
The Canadian immigrants be it from Mexico, Asia or from any other part of the globe do face racism issues. The predominantly white community has its own set of beliefs towards black and browns (usually considered as one – “Colored” - read as outcast).
“Even though I had my promotion at my work place due for years I was just not considered for the same and the reason was not that I am not competent or hard working the reason for me not being promoted remains that I am a colored woman” says Samantha G (name changed) a Single (widow) mother of two.
“My neighbors make false complains against me, I receive shameful and alarming phone calls from unknown men. My family and religion are abused. The police would not trace and nail them down – Why? Will they behave in same fashion with a White man as well” questions Geoffrey Mathews (name changed).
In fact I have faced blatant racism from fellow workers based on the beliefs that Blacks are dirty, naturally less intellectual, extra fierce, lazy, ugly and more sexually more immoral than the native Whites.
There are many more who want to speak up and many who just want to keep quite. Whether they choose to speak or to remain quite the reality stinks with foul smell of hate – which cannot be a sign of an anti-racist Canadian society.