When I hear of oppression, this is what I think of

I was listening to CBC radio, a while back, to young articulate Canadian Indians (aboriginals) talking about how incredibly hurt they had been by aboriginal schools and how angry angry angry they were about their oppressed existence.

Aboriginal schools of a certain era were Edwardian light-security concentration camps for youth, such as the one I went to in the 1950s and 60s at great expense to my parents. You could be beaten by teachers for failing to know rules you had never been taught ( I will kill you, Roger Reynolds, if I ever find you). You were instructed in grammar and maths and expected to know subjects, conjugate irregular french verbs, learn Shakespeare, write clearly, and be imbued with patriotic fervour for the British Empire, the Dominion, and Victorian ideals. The food was bad but we were allowed home.

The Indian residential schools probably taught less French and more Christianity than we were. Nevertheless, I am skeptical that residential schools of the 1920s or 1950s were any tougher than what white people were undergoing in the 1920s and 1950s: regimentation, obedience, education, hierarchy, and a very strong inculcation into the idea that the world did not centre on you. It was not child-centred learning.

For me, words like “racism” connote picking up a machete and massacring your neighbours if they belong to the wrong tribe.  Never hiring a man of proven worth because he is of the wrong tribe, that would count to as real racism. Forget “microaggressions”. I find myself micro-aggressed by people who are badly dressed; by people who whine on public radio, by slovenly thought, by pompous know-betters, by cross-country skiers who complain about trails being used by snow-shoers: name your pet hates; you have them too. A sensitivity to Micro-aggressions are the sign of how nice everything is becoming.

You want to read about real oppression, practised by the experts of a police-state? Read this narrative about growing up in Ceausescu’s Romania as the child of a dissident. (“How the Secret Police Tracked my Childhood”) Then talk to me about residential schools, if you dare.

 

 

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Tim

Incredible article. That sickening scenario is exactly what Progressives are pushing for. That is why I think of “progressivism” as an affliction. Who could possibly want that much persecution and government intrusion into their lives? The Democrats appear hell-bent on turning the USA into what was described in that article and they have support of the American people? Anyone who actually does think that life would be preferable belongs in a rubber room.

Jemery

This is why Canada has such a successful multicultural society because we now legally allow and encourage immigrants to keep their language and cultural and there is no longer any forced assimilation in the Canadian White European society. It’s a very beautiful thing when you walk down the street of Toronto and see all the different cultures and languages. We are so fortunate here in Canada to have the world at our doorstep. We are a world leader in equality, human rights and social justice. We have learned from our mistakes of the residential schools but we still have much more to learn. We owe it to our First Nations Peoples and we must do everything in our power to preserve their culture and right the wrongs.

Scott

The contrived “white guilt” foisted on us by the liberal left and so called progressives, aided by their useful idiots in main stream media, does nothing more than perpetuate the “racism industry”. None of these people has yet to adequately explain to me why I have to be in a continuous state of penance for something that I never did? Why do I have to be ashamed of my culture and race? If, as my progressive betters insist, I must grovel in perpetuity to every non-white that crosses my path for the sins of my ancestors, then these “victims” should, at the very least, thank me for the gifts my culture has brought the world. You know like electricity, modern medicine, the telephone, the automobile, flush toilets, powered flight, space travel etc. etc. etc.

Dalwhinnie

I am torn between the notion that Jemery’s comment above is a leftist provocation or a rightist one, both of which seek to elicit a blast from me.
In either case, the comment severely mistakes the nature of the real world. It equally mistakes the urgent need to assimilate everyone to a basic set of assumptions and rules:
1) obedience to common laws and norms (e.g. lining up at the bank machine, driving on the right side of the road)
2) conformity to social norms (don’t block traffic to let your kids out of the car, or have a conversation in the middle of the street; don’t bribe the judge, engage in duels, or slash your daughter’s throat for looking at an outsider)
3) speak English or French
4) agree to the constitution and leave peaceably as a subject of those laws.
These are just the most obvious points of assimilation.
It would not matter what culture the founders of this nation came from, it would be the duty of immigrants ultimately to conform to that culture, while changing it to the degree the majority agree to. I submit we are not multi-cultural, and if you want evidence of this, go to India: there is a real multi-cultural civilization. There is no common agreement on almost anything. Live in it for a while, Jemery, then we can talk about it.
The problem with aboriginal Canadians, to the extent there is one, is that they are neither assimilating wholly nor able to maintain their tribal or hunter-gatherer culture in modern conditions. So the larger society remains “the land” off of which they live.

Assimilation is inevitable. Get used to it. It is good for you.

Jemery

You are wrong! You should read the Canadian Multiculturalism Act, section 15 and section 27 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Multiculturalism is some thing that Canadians celebrate and the current conservative government has done a superb job in promoting and protecting ethnic diversity in Canada. Conservative Senator Don Oliver, who was the first Black man appointed to the upper house by Brian Mulroney, has commended the Harper government for implementing ethnic diversity within the federal government employment sector via employment equity programs. Canada is a country of immigrants and was built by immigrants. Never forget that! Where did your family immigrant from? See what I mean?

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