American Renaissance - 3 - February 2007
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unlike themselves. And yet, they do not.They do not because racial diversity isnot a strength. It is a source of tensionand conflict. People may submit to ra-cial diversity in their public lives but turntheir backs on it in their private lives. Now, you probably think that everymajor Canadian institution from the fed-eral government on down takes the viewthat racial diversity is a great strengthfor Canada. In fact, they all agree withme. They all assert most emphaticallythat racial diversity is not a source of strength but a source of conflict. Theonly difference is that instead of the word“conflict,” they use the word “racism.”Whatever “racism” may be, they allagree that it is a very bad thing, and thatCanadian society is riddled with it. Now, if there were no racial diversityin Canada, there could be no racial dis-crimination, could there? So please re-member this: Whenever people com- plain about racism, bigotry, hatred, ra-cial profiling, discrimination, they arenot talking about the joys and benefitsof racial diversity. They are admittingthat it is a source of tension and suffer-ing.To repeat, your government and in-stitutions agree with me, not with Prof.Divine. That is why every province andterritory has two major bureaucraciesthat fight racism: a Human Rights Com-mission and a Human Rights Tribunal.Then there is the federal Human RightsCommission—200 people work for itfull-time—the Canadian Race RelationsFoundation, the National Anti-RacismCouncil of Canada, and dozens more cityand local bureaucracies fighting racism.Every university has an office for fight-ing racism.And that’s not enough. The CanadianUNESCO Commission wants to es-tablish a Canadian Coalition of Mu-nicipalities Against Racism. SaintPaul University in Ottawa wantswhat it calls a National Justice Ini-tiative Against Racism and Hate. In2005, the federal governmentlaunched Canada’s Action PlanAgainst Racism, which was to spend$56 million over the next five yearscombating racism. You have Parlia-mentary Committees on Visible Mi-norities and Standing Committeeson Multiculturalism. It’s hard tokeep up with all the bureaucratswhose job it is to sniff out racismand eradicate it. None of this would be necessary were there no racial di-versity in Canada.How bad is the race problem?The Ontario Human Rights Com-mission says “Racial discriminationand racism” are “pervasive and con-tinuing.” The Canadian Race RelationsFoundation says “racism is serious and pervasive.” The Canadian Commissionfor UNESCO says racism “imperils de-mocracy.” The federal Human RightsCommission says “hate and, in particu-lar, its manifestation on the Internet posea serious threat to the social fabric of Canadian society.”How can racial diversity be a strengthif it gives rise to something that “imper-ils democracy” that “poses a seriousthreat to the social fabric of Canadiansociety?” This question deserves an an-swer, ladies and gentlemen, but becauseProf. Divine is afraid to debate me, I’mafraid it will not get one. In fact, I sus- pect Prof. Divine is afraid to debate me because he knows this question has noanswer.Let’s go back to Ontario, where thereis the most racial diversity in Canada,and where we should therefore find themost strength. Try a search on the website for the government of Ontario on theword “racism” and see how many hitsyou get. I got 4,852 when I tried it inDecember. And I didn’t even try “dis-crimination,” “bigotry,” or “hatred,” or any number of other promising terms.The Ontario Human Rights Commis-sion hears 700 to 800 racial discrimina-tion cases every year. Each case takesan average of a little over a year to fin-ish, and the commission is so over-worked it has a backlog, despite its $13million annual budget and staff of hun-dreds. And remember: Although theOntario commission may be the busiest,every province and territory has one, andthere is one for the federal government,too.
Prof. David Divine.Dalhousie University.