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Racism In Canada Essay

1191 words - 5 pages

When things have commenced are they able to come to a halt? Many people in this world wonder
If racism will ever stop. According to the “Historical Timeline of Racism in Canada,”
(http://www.accesstomedia.org/change/resources/timeline.pdf) racism began in 1698 and has been
going on ever since then. Many people presume that racism has existed since people have started to notice
differences between themselves and others around them. One may not know the meaning of racism
because it means something different to each and every individual. For example the more common
definition would be judging someone based on the color of one’s skin or religion. In Canada racism has
taken an immense change.

Bharati Mukherjee is a professor of creative writing, in the United States of America, who had
“not met an Indian in Canada who has not suffered the humiliations of being overlooked (in jobs, in
queues, in deserved recognition) and from being singled out (in hotels, department stores, on the streets,
and at customs.” (Mukherjee, Bharati “An Invisible Women.”) In a department store an employee was
racist towards a customer based on the customers skin color, and singled the customer out. The customer
paid for the items, collected the bags and was about to leave the store when the blaring siren went off.
Immediately the customer came to a stop and turned around. There, waiting, the cashier stood and asked
the customer to walk through the detectors again. Once again the screeching noise erupted. The shopper
could feel others pausing to watch the commotion as their eyes filled with excitement. Then the bags
were snatched out of the customers grasp and the customer was asked to walk through the detectors
without the bags. The costumer’s ears picked up the noise of murmurs washing through the crowd that
was gathered, commenting on how that individual stole and about how that person is just like any other
new foreign citizen. Two deep breaths later the customer stepped through the detectors, and nothing. No
siren, just an old embarrassed and upset customer. The customer grabbed the bags and left the store
without looking back once. One may assume that racism “renders its victims simultaneously invisible
and over-exposed.” (Mukherjee, Bharati “An Invisible Women.”)

Even today racism still exists in Canada, whether it is at the mall or somewhere else, the effects
of it never wear off. For many new Canadians, emigrants, or immigrants who are still adapting to the new
atmosphere racism follows them. In 1698, the Code Noir was created allowing people in French Colonies
to use slaves. Also in 1885 another act was created, this act taxed Chinese immigrants fifty dollars and
stopped Chinese people from disembarking ships that were arriving in Canada. In 1915 some Indians
were held back on a ship (The Komagata Maru) and were not allowed to come into Canada; there have
been many cases like this. Due to racism many...

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