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I Don't Want To Be Tolerated Anymore,I Want To Be Included,I Want To Be Accepted

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I don't want to be tolerated anymore,I want to be included,I want to be accepted

 We all go through a little discrimination here and there,but to have your Human rights violated just because you are a different color, cast or creed is not acceptable by any means anywhere in the world.It is very disturbing when it happens in Canada , a country known to be multicultural and "Civilized" .
Six Abbostsford, BC residents of the South Asian origin playing tennis in Langley were attacked and robbed while offenders shouted racial slurs directed at them.Police have arrested three young men and a woman.

While Condemning the actions by the four charged persons and applauding the police and concerned citizens who called the police after witnessing the assault "May be what everyone has to realize now that I don't want to be tolerated anymore, I want to be included,I want to be accepted." said Canadian Film maker Roger Nair of the Canadian multicultural policy. "Pierre Trudeau came out with the word Tolerance because may be thats what was needed at the time may be people had to tolerate other people who knows", says the filmmaker who immigrated from India to Canada in the late eighties ."But look around you today, the demographics in Canada has changed and the policy is  outdated" , adds Mr. Nair. 

Roger Nair is a film maker and a human rights activist who chairs SAHRA (South Asians for Human Rights Association), an association dedicated to promoting Human rights and speaking out against violations of them.

The multiculturalism policies in Canada were written based on tolerance and may be that was what was needed at the time and anyone who didn't look like the majority population had to be tolerated , but looking around us today, we live in a mosaic of cultures for the most part of Canada and thats what makes Her the Country Of Choice. A country that is built by immigrants for immigrants. It is important for us to educate ourselves about Human Rights , the rights that we have because We are Human , the rights that can not be taken away for any reason.

No incidents like this Langley incident or the immigrant beating in Australia or the bashings in UK are to be condemned by giving lip service.Stern action is needed and examples have to be made. May be its time to give teeth to Human rights , to give them force of law.

The very first human right states, WE ARE ALL BORN FREE AND EQUAL.



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  1. Mon Mar 29, 2010 1:37 pm
    So a few Asians get mugged and get called chinks or something... Big deal. What the hell do you want the government to do about that? Everybody already has equal rights under the law. What more can you ask for without stepping on the indivudual rights of others?

    Some people are racists and that's just life. Deal with it.

    Racism is an individual right, as long as it isn't practised with my money. Unfortunately it is practised with public funds (for example, in the honouring of outdated aboriginal treaties). But that's a whole other editorial.

  2. by avatar Brenda
    Mon Mar 29, 2010 1:44 pm
    I can relate to the feeling of "being tolerated" tho...
    And no, it's not the governments job, it's the people itself. Guess it will never change, for anyone.

  3. Mon Mar 29, 2010 1:57 pm
    "Brenda" said
    I can relate to the feeling of "being tolerated" tho...
    And no, it's not the governments job, it's the people itself. Guess it will never change, for anyone.


    I think it might be exaggerating to say that nothing will ever change for anyone while so much already has changed so radically in the past 50 years or so. I mean, 50 years ago it was socially acceptable to drop the N bomb in public. That isn't the case anymore.

  4. by avatar Brenda
    Mon Mar 29, 2010 2:07 pm
    "MacDonaill" said
    I can relate to the feeling of "being tolerated" tho...
    And no, it's not the governments job, it's the people itself. Guess it will never change, for anyone.


    I think it might be exaggerating to say that nothing will ever change for anyone while so much already has changed so radically in the past 50 years or so. I mean, 50 years ago it was socially acceptable to drop the N bomb in public. That isn't the case anymore.
    I agree on that one, but it doesnt change the feelings of people. It might not be socially acceptable to SAY it, but it doesnt mean people don't THINK it.

  5. Mon Mar 29, 2010 3:42 pm
    Everyone is not equal. Let's stop the BS and get back to reality.

    People of ALL races and religions will always have opinions and stereotypes of others who are of a different colours.

  6. by avatar Yogi
    Mon Mar 29, 2010 4:12 pm
    I was 'born and raised' in Canada, and some folks don't even tolerate me!!! :lol: Quit yer bitching and bellyaching and get on with it!

  7. by avatar andyt
    Mon Mar 29, 2010 4:49 pm
    The case the film refers to was always very strange, too bad the resolution of it was never reported. (Maybe because it didn't fit the white bad/brown good mold?) 4 teenagers without weapons are able to intimidate 6 South Asian (ie Punjabi, not the smallest group of people in the world) men carrying tennis rackets into giving up their valuables? C'mon.

  8. Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:12 pm
    Bias against people of darker colour (relative to the majority) has always been around.

    In India the hottest selling cosmetic product is skin bleaching cream. Men want to look white, women want to be white, it is how it is.


    If you are white, regardless of religion or specific ethnic origin you will mix in well almost anywhere. Within a generation nobody will question your origin in a derogatory manner.



    On the other hand if you're dark, my advice is to work your ass off, study, study, study, and if society tries to bring you down, step on its face to get to the top.

    Racism will never go away. It is best used as a motivational factor.

  9. by avatar andyt
    Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:22 pm
    "CommanderSock" said
    Bias against people (relative to the majority) has always been around.

    Racism will never go away. It is best used as a motivational factor.


    I agree with this part of your post.



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