Today is June 21, the summer solstice and National Aboriginal Day here in Canada.
As a recovering dudebro, it’s important for me to admit that I used to be totally racist.
All people of colour were, at the very least, the target of jokes. I was not a physically violent person, but I used oppressive racist jokes as a way to get people (only other white people now that I think about it) to like me. That’s pathetic, I now know. These jokes are just as violent as physical assault and degradation because they downplay the reality people of colour face and make white people think the whole thing is a joke. Culturally, this allows white people to get away with physical crimes and perpetuates the racism that oppresses people of colour. In my community on the west coast of Canada, the group that receives the brunt of this racism is First Nations People. Europeans and Canadians created the horrific conditions that First Nations People have had to endure and still suffer in today. Why does this racist culture continue? So white people can maintain their privilege.
At a personal level, white people perpetuate racist stereotypes while ignoring their own responsibility in creating these conditions and denying personal accountability for what has, and continues to happen. In this way white people keep and protect their privilege.
On a different note, it’s become amazingly obvious just how racist a lot of people are here. There has been a lot of news lately about Chinese investors buying property on the West Coast and investing in Canadian companies. Some of the shit I’ve heard people say is incredible. What, they were good enough to be indentured workers to build a railroad and it’s okay that they mostly live in the poorer parts of town (like Chinatown in Vancouver), but now there’s Chinese investment and you talk about them taking over?
Dude, you’re so totally racist, bro. And I am done with this racist bullshit because it only oppress me too. So you should cut it the fuck out too!