Canada is my country. I was born in Canada, I grew up in Canada, and I currently live in Canada. I took Canadian Social Studies from kindergarden to grade 12, and in university I am currently taking classes in Aboriginal studies.
The history we learned in school is nothing. It is white-centric and acts as if the Aboriginal people of Canada no longer face issues. This is completely and entirely false.
Aboriginal people in Canada are more likely to be murdered. Aboriginal people in Canada are more likely to be kidnapped. Aboriginal people in Canada are more likely to be raped. Aboriginal people in Canada are more likely to face blatant racism. Aboriginal people in Canada are more likely to face police brutality. Aboriginal people in Canada are treated like absolute shit.
As a Canadian you should know how non-Aboriginal people talk about First Nations. Every single day I hear people say that Aboriginal people deserve to face alcoholism, drug abuse, child abuse, etc. because they’re “responsible for their own problems”. Every single day I hear people call Aboriginal people slurs like sq**w. Every single day I see Aboriginal people treated like lesser being.
Perhaps you should take a look around a realize that Aboriginal history is not in the past. It is continuous and ongoing. The Aboriginal struggle is continuous and ongoing. Racism is continuos and ongoing. But our schoolbooks never taught us that, which is why we have to go out and seek the information ourselves.
Of course the white Canadian girl would know that the rest of white Canadians know “enough” about shit they keep fucking doing.
Of course they think they’re the gatekeeper of information.
Of course they think their white voices matter more than the indigenous voices of Canada.
Because when people are getting arrested and face beatings for speaking out on their current struggle, the MOST important thing at hand is “Canadians know what has been done in the past.”
It’s almost as if they DON’T know enough and DON’T really care about the people they’re speaking over and shitting on.
Joseph Weinberg & Michael Biernbaum, Conversations of Consent: Sexual Intimacy without Sexual Assault (via cocknbull)
96%…wow just wow.
but someone please tell me how jim crow is over. please. and why the hell we don’t talk about this as an aspect of rape culture.
Let’s remember our herstories and histories: Rape only became a criminal act when white slave masters became afraid of relationships between black male slaves and white female masters. They needed a law that would make it so that a relationship between a black male and a white female could NEVER be adult and consensual even when it was. This, of course, only worked in the white woman’s favor. When the black male was being raped by the white female masters, ONLY the black male slave could be blamed (sound familiar?).
Before AND after that, though, whites continued to rape blacks, female AND male, with reckless abandon. And it was never considered a crime. At worst, it was considered an investment.
Go do some research and see how many white men have raped black women or men. And then research how many of those white rapists were brought to trial and convicted.
You won’t be astonished by what you find. And that’s a damn shame. In the main, rape is a crime when it’s perpetrated AGAINST the white body—especially if perpetrated BY a non-white body.
America is, down to its damned mitochondria, a rape culture.