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Behind the stories in The Fraser Canyon Express

Racism in Rural BC

The article I recently published about prejudice was a hard one to write.  I had to share some personal  stories and that’s a difficult thing to do for me. I am private and usually am very uncomfortable talking about myself and where I come from. It’s not that I have anything to hide but I have always felt “if they don’t ask, they don’t want to know.”  OK , so I grew up poor, and ended up in foster care from the age of 10 until I went out on my own at 17.  I have never felt that those early experiences had a negative effect on my life, quite the opposite in fact.  I feel I have a deep understanding of the difference between need and want. I have been empowered by my experiences; I have a unique ability to relate to others regardless of who they  are or where they come from. I hope I have been able to pass that legacy on to my kids.

You may ask what motivated me to write such an article.  Indeed the catalyst was my kids, as usual .  I see the girls at the high school looking disdainfully at other girls and judging their “worth”, based on the value of their clothes.  I see the kids at the elementary school laughing at the other kids’ cheap shoes, and being young and without tact, remarking that theirs were $150 bucks. I see parents choosing their kids’ friends based on their socio-economic status. It’s not right; it breeds elitist attitudes among the kids and leads directly to bullying. 

It’s not right and it has to stop, but it will only happen if parents open their eyes and nip it in the bud at home. 

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1 Comment»

  rejoycemicheals wrote @

I know exactly what you mean. It seems as if all races are allowed to be proud except whites, as “white pride” is viewed as a term used by skinheads and the KKK. But I too have children and being so far removed from our ancestry , we are not sure what our country of origin is, but I still want my children to have pride in who they are. There is no such thing as “caucasian pride” so what do my kids do? There is a “black pride” parade and a “gay pride” parade but if there was to be a similar celebration in honour of my heritage it would be construed as a racist event. Is this because the other races deep down think that to be proud of oneself and one’s heritage is to the detriment of others who are not like them? If so, then just who is guilty of racism and prejudice and if this is the case, these events should be discontinued. Why is everyone else allowed to be “proud” except me and my children and those of caucasian racial origins.


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