Canadian values equal white privilege

Recently there have been a number of articles in major news media opining upon the search for Cdn values particularly in the context of anti-immigration. The usual liberalist values of equality, freedom, multiculturalism, peacekeeping (back in vogue once again) and, yes, even politeness and love of hockey. Let me be clear, the central Cdn value is white privilege. White privilege is at the heart of Cdn notions of equality. We are all equal in Canada until those uppity Indians start getting land back and blockade our resource  sell-off. Canadians love multi-culturalism  because it safely relegates indigenous peoples to a bad old past that we have now corrected by allowing round dances etc into our white nation-building fantasies. We want peacekeeping but only in other parts of the world and certainly not at home where a continued state of  white aggression and surveillance of indigenous peoples exists. Yes, we love being polite in pubic but look at the comments sections in all media where overt racism replaces politeness in discussing indigenous issues. For example, those indigenous people are soooo uncivilized and they need whites to lead them to the promised land of wage slavery while we steal the resources off indigenous lands and pollute them into the bargain. It goes on and on.  So remember, the great Canadian value is normative whiteness accompanied by a lot of Canada’s other favourite value denial.


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I am an anthropologist and Associate Professor who loves to play guitar and comment on social injustice in whatever form it may take
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