Tuesday, September 16, 2014

We Need to Talk About This Right Now


I really should have posted about this much sooner. It's a horrifying thing to comprehend, but it's also a chance to use my white privilege for good.

You know how Canada seems super great, especially compared to the US? Well, buckle up, because Canada's no saint. Canada has a racism problem.

That's right.

Canada was another country colonized by the British, and it also was inhabited by people before the British got there. These aboriginal peoples were, as per usual, treated like shit. And they're still being treated like shit by the now independent Canadian government and their white citizens.

How shitty, you ask? 1,200 aboriginal women have gone missing in the past 30 years. Some are never found again, but many turn up dead. And pleas for the Canadian government to fucking do something about this epidemic have fallen on uncaring ears.

Just last month, the body of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine was pulled out of a river after she was missing for eight days. In response, the Twitter hashtag #AmINext has taken off. Well, sort of. I haven't seen it trending, because, you know, we need to talk about Minecraft or some shit.

Violence against indigenous women often goes ignored, even though they suffer a disproportionate amount of it.

Though they represent just 4% of the country's population, indigenous women make up 12% of missing and 16% of murdered women nationwide, RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson told the Globe and Mail.

The governments of the invaders (yes, that's us) give these women little legal recourse and refuse to recognize the problem. In the US, it was only with the most recent version of VAWA (the one that took two tries to pass) that indigenous groups were allowed to try to the mostly white men who came onto their land to assault and abuse indigenous women in their own fucking courts, rather than hoping that obviously biased courts outside of the reservations would pick up the case and actually fucking prosecute the guy. Yeah, justice has been rare for these women.

The Canadian Prime Minister, meanwhile, basically thinks that we shouldn't have to make this about race.

 "I think we should not view this as sociological phenomenon," he said in a controversial statement in August, CBC reports. "We should view it as crime. It is crime, against innocent people, and it needs to be addressed as such."

I'm sorry, Harper, so we shouldn't view this issue using the lens of actual reality? Fuck you.

Check out the Mic article to see a sampling of the #AmINext tweets. Then retweet some of them and post this shit on Facebook so that more people will actually know about this problem. It's gone on way too long and there has not even been a tiny fraction of the outrage that this problem deserves.

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