Georgina faces some ugly truths
In the wake of a much-publicized string of attacks on Asian fishermen, a community was forced to face its demons. Now, the focus is on healing
Jun 07, 2008 04:30 AM
But last September, this bridge was a crime scene, linked to a rash of disturbing attacks against Asian fishermen. A Toronto angler out fishing with some friends was pushed into the river by some local twentysomethings. It launched a chain of events – a brawl, a high-speed car chase, and finally a horrific crash – that put Shayne Berwick in a coma for 8 months.
Six assaults were eventually reported to York police. Arrests have been made in five. Dozens more victims told stories of harassment, racial slurs, theft and assault on Chinese-language call-in shows. Incidents were reported as far away as Peterborough and Westport.
As the debate raged, nine parked vehicles were vandalized with swastikas, anti-Semitic graffiti and homosexual slurs in late September.
Located at the northern tip of York region, Georgina is a geographically large but sparsely populated community, where 96 per cent of the 42,000 residents are white. The majority of residents are undoubtedly open-minded and tolerant, but like many rural towns, it has its share of prejudice and isolationist sentiments.
The paradox is that just 30 minutes south of Georgina on Highway 404 is Markham, one of the country's most diverse communities with 65 per cent of the 261,000 residents identifying themselves as members of a visible minority.
"I've heard theories about Georgina – apparently that particular area, it's very white and people who live there have lived there for a long, long time and there isn't much mixing with even the outside white people. It's just a very isolated community," said Avvy Go, director of the Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic.
You've got to be kidding me! Avvy Go should know that what she just said can be equally applied to the Chinese community in Canada. They may live in multicultural cities but the Chinese rarely venture outside of their own communities and socialize with non-Chinese Canadians. They are insular, isolationist, very nationalistic towards China, and, I must say, very racist (you'll rarely, if at all, see someone who is Chinese date someone who is black because blacks are, you know, filthy). I'm sure Ms. Go knows this but it is better to distract us from these "ugly truths" about the Asian community and focus our attention on those nasty white bogeymen living north of Steeles Avenue.
But what is interesting is that Markham, Ontario is mentioned - where the white population has been reduced to 35% with an equal and rising of Asian population - as if that is a model Canadian city. The question I ask is if this "journalist" bothered herself to investigate race relations in Markham? Several years ago the rapid influx of Chinese immigrants into Markham caused the then mayor of Markham to voice with disapproval that Markham is "going Chinese" bringing to light the racial tensions that arise when one racial group displaces another. The mayor was castigated for stating the obvious because the reduction of whites to minority status is "progressive" and therefore a good thing where predominately white towns like Georgina are relics of "old Canada" that need to be replaced with the Toronto model: the reduction of the domestic population to minority status with the rapid introduction non-Europeans via mass immigration. It is a scientific fact that non whites are incapable of racism by virtue of the colour of their skin alone.
There is more to this story than is being reported. If Asian fishermen are attracting such negative attention it's probably because they are doing something that invites it. They are not "babes in the woods" as this article lets on. I've written about it here, here, here, here, here and especially here.
The real purpose of this piece is to stroke the egos of Torontonians and those who live in the GTA. It tells them that they are so much better than everyone else including fellow Canadians because they are cosmopolitan and welcome with open arms minority status for the host population because they are progressive, whatever that's supposed to mean. The "journalist" accomplishes this by generalizing rural Canadians as closed minded, insular, isolationist, inward looking, traditional and resistant to change, "too white", and, above all, racist and we all know how progressive it is to generalize vast segments of a population with the boneheaded antics of a few individuals.
Also this piece, and others like it, imply that the onus for racial harmony rests solely on the shoulders of the white majority population as if racial minorities share none of the responsibility. This, of course, is ridiculous.
More disconcerting is the lack of any real debate about immigration matters and multiculturalism coupled with the systematic repression of dissenting voices will only push people to engage in racist acts to express their discontent. We should learn from this and allow more open and honest discussions facing the demographic and cultural changes that has been imposed upon the people of this country but it looks like the left, who control the debate, seem to favour more laws and more arrests to restrict debate. Now that's what I call progressive.