I also want to warn all "progressives" that the linked article doesn't gel with the multicultural, multiracial Utopian fantasy land that exists only in their heads and where the rides are free (but white males have to stand at the back of the line 'til everyone else gets their turn). So you better skip this and put your heads back in the sand.
Brampton wrestles with teen solitudes
Tensions in high school reflect divisions between blacks and South Asians
Nov 01, 2008 04:30 AM
The day 14-year-old Ravi Dharamdial was stabbed to death, police entered Brampton's Harold M. Brathwaite Secondary School looking for a young black suspect.
Students were on edge. Some of the school's black pupils were especially concerned: They feared a backlash from students of South Asian background, says Brathwaite youth worker Everton Clennon.
"The black students in the school are scared to begin with," Clennon says. "They have to watch their backs when they're walking around the school."
Dharamdial's killing was the 24th in a record series of homicides in Peel Region this year, and raised questions about racial tensions in Brampton. Strains are being fed by a sharp increase in visible minorities, culture clashes in the home, "seething anger" from black youths feeling discriminated against, and a dearth of services and activities to channel restless young hormones.
It's often said that schools reflect their community. Clennon, for one, sees tensions in the hallways of Brathwaite, a 6-year-old school of 1,500 students in north Brampton. They culminated like a scene from a Greek epic poem, with each group selecting a "champion" for a one-on-one battle, Clennon says.
Seven years ago, whites were 60 per cent of the population. By 2006, visible minorities were 57 per cent. South Asians are the largest visible minority: 32 per cent of the population, more than doubled in the past five years. Blacks are second at about 12 per cent – up by 66 per cent. No other minority forms more than 3 per cent.
Some refer to the city's South Asian and black communities as "two solitudes." But Nurse, who represents north Brampton, says high schools are spearheading bridge-building efforts.
"If we do not keep pushing towards greater understanding on both sides, we could run into a problem in the future," she says. "I think there's enough smart people in this area who recognize it could turn into something explosive."
Race matters! We can pretend it doesn't but let's live in the real world shall we? And the more racially diverse this country gets the more racist Canadian society will become.
I argue that the best way to fight racism is to maintain the strength of the racial host majority with a collective visible minority population at no more than 15% of the populace. This way the host majority will not feel threatened of being turned into a racial minority group within their country and will be more accepting of racial minority groups. Otherwise you turn society into a combat arena with each racial group vying for economic and political supremacy and influence because after all, demography is destiny. Canadian society becomes fractured and clannish and Brampton is an example of that.
This report reminds me of a few summers ago when Italian youths of Woodbridge, Ontario clashed with South Asian youths from the Rexdale neighbourhood of Toronto in a series of altercations. These two communities are separated by Steeles Avenue with Woodbridge to the north and Rexdale to the south. I can't imagine that relations have improved since then.
Canada's immigration system should take into account that the host majority is predominately of European origin and it should protect that, not replace it. This is something I support for every country. No immigration system should threaten to turn the racial majority of a country into a racial minority. It's bad social policy.
What is clear is that the multicultural model is being proven unworkable by those who are supposed to show that it works. The alleged racial and cultural harmony of Toronto's streets is largely a facade. It's superficial. Each ethnic group tolerates each other so long as "the other" stays on his or her side of the fence. A friendly "hello" will suffice but don't you dare let your son date my daughter. Any cultural exchange happens mostly in the workplace but hardly is any of it social.
The social "progressives" have turned Canada into a pet hobby of theirs eager to prove to themselves and the world that they are right, that you can cram people of every racial, religious, and ethnic group into a society and make it work even though they still haven't got it right on a global scale. Canada is my country, not some "progressive" elite's social experiment.