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Edmonton Anti ‘White Privilege’ Campaign

From Canada’s Edmonton Sun:

Grade 8 student Shyanne Ewaskow, 14, (in pink, at left) watches as Shemona Prince, 12, (centre) signs an "I’m Committed to a Racism Free Edmonton" scroll, during an anti-racism campaign launch at Edmonton City Hall, on Nov. 5, 2010.

City’s anti-racism campaign fights ‘white privilege’

November 8, 2010

Controversy is brewing over a city-sponsored anti-racism campaign that calls on Caucasians to recognize their “white privilege”.

At least one Edmonton city councillor [sic] says the campaign makes a point, while a Conservative politician is saying the wording is all wrong.

“A white person looking for an apartment to rent does not face similar challenges that an aboriginal person does,” said Coun. Amarjeet Sohi, explaining what is meant by the phrase white privilege

Mr. Amargeet Sohi is a Canadian "aborigine"? It sounds like someone has his ‘indians’ mixed up.

The City of Edmonton and 13 Edmonton organizations – including the Edmonton Police Service, Alberta Human Rights Commission and Edmonton Catholic Schools – are behind the Racism-Free Edmonton campaign.

The campaign is focused on identifying and resolving institutional barriers faced by aboriginal people and other racial groups in Edmonton, according to a City of Edmonton release.

The campaign aims to have 30,000 Edmontonians sign a scroll committing to defeating racism locally.

On the campaign’s website, www.racismfreeedmonton.com, under the “What can you do to stop racism” heading, the first line reads “acknowledge your white privilege.”

“White privilege refers to all the benefits we get just for being white. Most of us are aware of how racism hurts others, but we’re not aware of how it benefits us,” the site reads.

We must admit that we are unaware of our "white privilege." But, then again, we don’t live in Canada.

It then paraphrases Dr. Peggy McIntosh, associate director of the Wellesley Collage Center for Research on Women, a U.S. college, and her 1989 paper “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.”

Oh, well, if it is all based on a 20 year old ‘women studies’ college paper, then it must be true.

“Most of us have little awareness of our white privilege. We’re so used to having the benefits that come with being white that we don’t even realize we have them. We also aren’t aware of our privilege because the system has encouraged us not to be aware,” reads the website.

We must fight the system, man.

The site also encourages individuals to read media critically, learn Canada’s history and listen to the stories of minority groups

Yes. We really don’t hear enough from minority groups.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, November 9th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

21 Responses to “Edmonton Anti ‘White Privilege’ Campaign”

  1. Mithrandir says:

    All this responsibility and introspection always falls on one group of people doesn’t it?

    Imagine if a campaign told non-white people to look at their behavior and say, “It’s time to acknowledge your failures.”

    Or how about all the freebies minorities get for doing nothing be showing up in their skin, “It’s time to recognize and acknowledge why people are angry that you are being rewarded for your skin color….”

    More liberal self-hate…..why can’t they just punish themselves and leave the rest of us alone?

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      “….why can’t they just punish themselves and leave the rest of us alone?

      In “my world” that’s the way I deal with it. I do not go to places where I might find myself surrounded by liberal socialists and thus, subject myself to having to listen to their tripe. Not generally racist by nature, I tend to avoid having to deal with those of other races/nationalities. Not because I’m xenophobic but because I just refuse to tolerate it. After 50 years on planet Earth, I have chosen to ignore the victim mentality. Just the way they want dominance by calling it a “fight for equality”.

      Crap is crap and thus, I separate myself from the argument by specifically going around it.

  2. NoNeoCommies says:

    I wish I could remember the TV series from long ago that was about a man that came from the future to prevent bad things from happening.
    I will always remember him explaining why he was treated with no respect and had little social standing in future society because he was a “Blanco”.
    That’s where we are headed.

    • untrainable says:

      If it’s the one I’m thinking of it was called “TimeTrax”. Cop from the future, chasing criminals who fled from the future to the present, credit card sized supercomputer named Selma? How prescient that they made whites the only minority in the future. But there was no welfare state for minority ‘blancos’. They just got spit on for being white. Sadly, we aren’t too far off even now. Ah, the post-racial era is great isn’t it? If the Oblamers, and Sharptons, the J Jacksons, and the Rev Wrights, just keep it up a little bit longer we’ll all live in a fair world where American whites are a sub-class simply because we’re white… and of course because we deserve it.

      Remember, racism is only wrong when whites do it.

  3. Gladius et Scutum says:

    Well, I know bit of Canadian history, and it is certainly a story of naked armed conquest, and ruthless land grabs.I refer, of course, to the Cree indians.

    When first France, and later Britain, established the trading post that would come be known as the Hudson Bay Company (actually in James Bay), they were completely surrounded by a single band of the Cree tribe. The James Bay Cree monopolized the fur trade, and other native tribes had to trade through them. One trade item that the Cree reserved for themselves and their friends was muskets. Their enemies got bullets. The Cree expanded westward all the way to the rocky mountains, ethnically cleansing the plains of Canada, and even working south into (modern day) Montana. Only the fact that the British were supplying the Iriqouis and Penobscot prevented them from going east.

    Currently, the Cree are by far the largest aboriginal group in Canada – and that is no accident.

  4. Mae says:

    Canada has an intolerance problem…intolerance against truth-speakers. Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant know all about that. Read Levant’s excellent book, “How Our Government Is Undermining Democracy in the Name of Human Rights.” No one has a corner on “right.”

    The only rule needs to be: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” – Matthew 7:12.

  5. David says:

    The way I see it the issue of white privilege isn’t helpful. Say every white person in the US singed some document that says, “yep, my life has some advantages due to racist institutions in the past and (to some extent) in the present.”
    Then what?
    Blacks and minorities start taking advantage of the opportunities they do have? They start aggressively fighting the gangs and drug dealers in their own neighborhoods? What will this even achieve. I think many would see this as insincere, meaningless, or not enough.
    To end racism we need to end the hopeless victim mentality that sees no point or path to accomplishment for minorities because of things that are outside of their control.

    • Mithrandir says:

      Has it ever dawned on people that perhaps the reason white people do better, and achieve is because they try harder, and NOT the result of favoritism?

      ~Do blacks REALLY give their best effort? Do they REALLY value education?
      ~Do Asians succeed in math and in academia because they have a racist advantage?

      …..and why is it that the one and only excuse used to explain away black underachievement is racism? Is it to absolve them of embarrassment? Are people just scared to death to point fingers, so as not be be called racists themselves?

      Stop lying about racism, and start being honest about educational / work attitudes among minorities. –there in lies the answers. . .

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Ask Condoleeza Rice. I will bet you dollars to donuts that her parents weren’t going to put up with a whining child who sat on her ass and cried “they won’t let me” and used affirmative action arguments to advance.

      No, I don’t get that sense from Ms Rice. I get the sense that she busted her hump in college and that she put in long hours, worked very hard and learned and applied herself and used the thing on top of her head to achieve, earn respect and carefully acquire good sense and dignity. This is why I thought she would make an excellent president. Sadly, she had no interest in pursuing that avenue. Much to the disappointment of many.

    • Mithrandir says:

      Asian Students:

      1.Go to school until 2~3:00.
      2.Go to math academy, or general studies academy, foreign language academy until 9:00PM!
      3. Study until 1:00AM.
      4. Weekends, go to music, art, science, martial arts academy.
      5. Study.

      6. Dance circles around Westerners in U.S. colleges.

      Native minorities:
      ~Whine, whine, whine, whine….wait for everyone to lower the hurdles.

  6. Petronius says:

    I will admit that I am privileged. I am privileged to live in the country that my white European ancestors discovered, explored, settled, built, and defended. They carved America out of the wilderness with their bare hands, for themselves and for their posterity. And they died for it in almost every war from Opechancanough’s Uprising to WWII. This alone is reason enough to justify my white privilege.

    Beyond this, I will also admit that, like most white Americans, I am privileged because I studied hard in school. Because I kept my nose clean, stayed out of trouble, obeyed the law, and lived by the golden rule. Because I served my country with loyalty, went to work every day, for years worked two jobs, paid taxes far above my fair share, loved, protected, and enriched my family to the utmost of my ability, lived each day with honor and decency, and did so without any government handouts and while battling against affirmative action every step of the way.

    If I had any regrets, it is only that I wish more whites would remind their children of their privilege.

  7. proreason says:

    Can these people take a breath without conniving some new con to steal from the people who prefer working to stealing as their survival methodology.

    • Mithrandir says:

      That is really what it is. It is a way to find some racial “inequality” or discrepancy, in order to pry more money out of your pockets. Any and every claim of racism is a plot to add another affirmative action program, fund minority scholarships, add minority teachers to the staff…..follow the benefits.

      In nearly 8 years of college, I have never seen any claim of racism NOT attached to $ or benefits.
      I have also NEVER read ANY textbook in which the minority was ever responsible for the results of their own actions and behaviors.

  8. Papa Louie says:

    Let me get this straight. A city-sponsored anti-racism campaign in Edmonton is using racial profiling to stereotype an entire group of people as “privileged” based only on the color of their skin. How hypocritical is that? These people aren’t interested in “defeating racism”, they just want to change the target of racism. They’re certainly not interested in creating a color blind society because that would destroy the privilege they hope to gain by playing the victim card.

    The problem is they want to hold all white children guilty for the sins of their parents. If they have the facts to back up a specific case of discrimination, they can sue in court. But they don’t want to be limited to the “facts”; they want their “feelings” of victimhood validated. When a non-white is pulled over for speeding or running a stop sign, this adds to their feelings of victimhood — not because they weren’t guilty of the deed but because they are convinced that a white person doing the same thing would not have been pulled over. For some people their feelings of victimhood are so hyped up and entrenched that If all racism were to completely disappear, you would never convince them of it.

    • Mithrandir says:

      Now you are starting to understand. We need to reduce stereotypes, grouping people by race, and looking at them in a negative way, BY adding stereotypes, grouping other people by race, and looking at them in a negative way.

      See how liberalism works? –Racism is obviously the fault of white people, and the sooner they admit their problem, the faster we can all get along.

      Once you understand the liberal mind, you will see WHO the victimizers and victims are in this world, the have and have-nots, the slaves and the masters, those who are good, those who are bad: http://www.amazon.com/Liberal-Mind-Psychological-Political-Madness/dp/097795630X

  9. beautyofreason says:

    I have an advantage in life because I stayed in high school.

    I have an advantage in life because I didn’t binge drink.

    I have an advantage in life because one of my parents wasn’t lazy and became a doctor.

    I have an advantage in life because my grandparents lived frugally and worked all their lives.

    But I will not, ever apologize for having white ancestry because of what a few of my ancestors may have done before I was born.

    This campaign is nothing more than placing the blame in a society where individual achievement always wins over the perception of any group.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Sadly, the socialists are attacking the individual achievement of which you speak. Their biggest mouth (piece) is none other than the “I won” himself. Slashing words at the very heart of American exceptionalism itself. And, because it now has such an open forum on the world stage, the rest of the US-haters, both foreign and domestic have jumped on board and are flaying it loudly and often.

      However, as evidenced by the tea party movement, they do not speak for us. The loudest foghorn doesn’t necessarily outline the safest path. In fact, one would have to say it tells the ships exactly where to stay away from. What gives me some measure of solace is that they are outing themselves at a record pace, identifying themselves through their words, the likes of Matthews, Stewart, Maher, etc that they really are, at their hearts, Marxists who want a benevolent dictator to “make all the bad go away” because they are uncomfortable in their own skin as are all socialists.

      Over the years I’ve noticed this trend in society. The “partiers” versus the “non-partiers”. Most of that is hinged on the core need to “belong”. And somehow, it gets encouraged in our youth and the current idiots we see on television all came of age through the “belonging” process. Perhaps they were unaware of it while it actually happened…but they would discuss things from the template of not offending anyone, and making the bad people pay. The two concepts are mutually exclusive however because it is impossible to not offend anyone and the bad people is subject to many variables.

      Thus, the relativity of all their “arguments” and why they seem mentally deficient and always contradict themselves.

      For me, I stopped “going along with the crowd” in high school after a very serious accident that allowed me to change my perspective on things. I found most of the petty “needy” behavior of teens pretty disgusting. But I could also see how it can be a nasty vacuum that sucks people into it if their ego isn’t sufficiently satisfied..much as it is with many a youth.

      But again, the stable, two-parent home is important there, with good role-models and setting a good example. Perhaps that’s all passe’ now. I don’t like to think so.

  10. canary says:

    I got a letter from the H.S. telling of a school seminar at out of state colleges, and they especially wanted African American’s to they especially wanted African Americans to attend and they would pay for it. Photo’s of the organization showed Spanish & Blacks. I guess there is no such thing as reverse racism. I was stunned by the wording.

    No way they mail something like that saying the espeically encourage white children to attend an education opportunity like that. Surely, even the black parents saw this as strange. It gave no system or ways they would determine who would be picked. I can see a private org’s right to do this, but a public school?

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      “Surely, even the black parents saw this as strange.”

      In today’s society, no…they don’t see it as strange at all.

  11. canary says:

    Just another reason minorities want to come to America. The white male child has it the worst. Even if they excell, they get sent to the back of the bus. And this is not going to help our country in jobs, technology. etc.

  12. Buffalo Bill says:

    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

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