Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Subtle Racism

I was riding the Vancouver skytrain this weekend at night. A group of young men got on the train, clearly intoxicated, acting very rowdy and potty mouthed. By the time we got to the next station, about half the people in our car had felt the need to change cars

I couldn't help but thinking back to September when almost the exact same incident took place. Only people aboard the train didn't feel the need to change cars.

The only other difference? The group rowdy drunks I encountered in September were white, the group from last weekend were black.

I think it's a shame the lack of discussion we have about race in Canada. Many people are lead to think that everything is perfect, and racism only occurs south of the border. This isn't true, and until we start talking about it, it's not going to change.

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