Racism in Politics? Mulcair believes this must end

by Jade Fulton on September 16, 2015 - 12:37pm

            In the article ‘’It’s about racism’’, posted on CBC news on August 20th, 2015, discusses political tensions within the different parties concerning a racial issue in particular.  The main person involved is Tomas Mulcair, the newest leader of the NDP. The author explains that Mulcair believes there was unfairness when looking at a homicide case of an aboriginal woman that occurred in August 2014. Mulcair declared a ‘’Rally for Change’’, where he wants to persuade people that all races are equal. The homicide was of Tina Fontaine, who was murdered at the age of 15 years old and was found in the Red River. Mulcair finds this racial issue important, since aboriginals are often neglected and face many different situations of injustice, especially women. It upsets Mulcair even more that no arrests or charges were made concerning this case. The author therefore comes to conclude that with Canada becoming a multicultural society, is it important to recognize what has happened before we became this way, and the steps we have taken towards becoming a more open society. Mulcair wants to help the aboriginal community, rather than excluding them and continue leaving them out of the ‘’group’’. 


In response to your summary, I would highlight the fact that your summary’s title is very inviting due to its persuasive tone. It states the major topic of the article as well as the position of the main figure. Therefore, it informs, guides and mentally prepares the reader. Unfortunately, the issue of racism has only been quickly mentioned and not a lot thorough in class. In consequence, the topic in race has been more approached and it allows me to consider that racism is still present in Canada even towards the most ancient population of the territory due to the term race, which is a social construct concept. In the article ”Race Without Color” it states that anthropologist can no longer recognize any human races at all due to too many inconsistent elements (Diamond, 1). Therefore, the term race, which consist of a subspecies category is not useful is our society and is only use to give separate people from others. It is when civilians truly believe there is a significant difference among humans that they act in a unfair way. Well done! Your summary did raise a difficult issue with care.

I truly believe that the subject being covered within this article is one that definitely needs to be addressed more within our society, especially during the current federal election period. The issue of violence towards Aboriginal women within Canada and the extreme lack of governmental efforts made in order to sufficiently investigate the context of this issue is simply unbelievable. This issue also conveys within it several different components of discrimination within today’s society, including racial discrimination as well as gendered discrimination. Mainly, it is interesting how most of the media and press coverage about this particular issue is almost completely focused upon Aboriginal women, when in fact recent studies and publishing from sources including the RCMP and Statistics Canada suggest that Aboriginal males also face just the same number (if not more) of murdered and missing cases within Canada which are not addressed and investigated properly. I will guide you towards this article from the National Post that I believe describes this matter in a well-written and informative manner (http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/adam-jones-aboriginal-men-are-...). Essentially, almost all media coverage upon this issue has specifically victimized Aboriginal women and completely ignored the component of Aboriginal males. This is counter-productive since this actually leads many outside viewers to think of this issue as just another “Aboriginal problem”, rather than a serious issue of identity based discrimination that is evident within our federal justice system that fails to properly address these cases. In conclusion, the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal individuals, both male and female, is a serious concern and truly reflects the many discrepancies present within our federal justice system.

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