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Dave Barnesky

4/20/2012 9:31:22 AM
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Racism in Brandon

The other day I was in Superstore, waiting in line at the checkout, and two women were ahead of me in line, one was talking about how her son was a newly-minted RCMP officer, doing his time up north. She commented how he hates dealing with aboriginal people. The older woman agreed, and continued to comment, and as it turned out she was a long term care nurse, and complained about how 60% of the beds at her work are taken up by "those people." (Referring to aboriginals.)  
 
Then I come home and log onto eBrandon, click on a thread about a potential Casino development, and start to read posters spinning conspiracy theories about how people are going to start a reservation in Brandon because the Casino is aboriginal owned.  
 
So I head to another part of the forum, and I get to read about how immigrants are taking everybody's jobs, taking away everyone's housing, and even that there were no STDs in Brandon before people from South America came over.  
 
What the hell? Does Brandon have a problem with race?

 
 
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BlutEngelGirl13

4/20/2012 9:35:22 AM
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I think....

Brandon is small minded, and has a problem not so much with race, but stereotypes. Its no different then with goths, punks, gays, lesbians and so on. I think that people see those that follow a negative stereotype and from there it leads to generalisation.  
 
After all, we have all heard "Goths are satan worshippers" and "Damn punks are all delequents" and the list goes on.  
 
I do think that people hate those that follow the negative image that aboriginals have, but a hatred of all of aboriginals, no.

Allyoop

4/20/2012 9:37:15 AM
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Well said.

  
BlutEngelGirl13 said "Brandon is small minded, and has a problem not so much with race, but stereotypes. Its no different then with goths, punks, gays, lesbians and so on. I think that people see those that follow a negative stereotype and from there it leads to generalisation.  
 
After all, we have all heard "Goths are satan worshippers" and "Damn punks are all delequents" and the list goes on.  
 
I do think that people hate those that follow the negative image that aboriginals have, but a hatred of all of aboriginals, no. "

Color or race doesn't make a bad person. It's the person that makes themselves that way.

~Tammy~

4/20/2012 9:37:21 AM
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:lo

It took you this long to realise that? There are those of us who realised that long time ago. I wouldnt call myself racist. I would say I have no use for stupid, lazy or ignorant people. It doesnt matter what color you are but if you are one of the 3 then thats what I disrespect.  
 
Its also something that is "not allowed" to be discussed for some reason. There are those who like to keep their heads up their butts and pretend that all is well in the teeny city of Brandon.  
 
Edited by ~Tammy~, 2012-04-20 09:39:30

chesirecat.

4/20/2012 9:39:28 AM
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.

it sure does have a problem with race. living in a different province then coming here was shocking. and also just because the immigrants aren't lazy and are very hard workers and people hire and keep them is not their fault. maybe if we busted our ass' like they did instead of taking smoke and texting breaks every twenty minutes we would have all the jobs. and really? blaming STDs on a race because you're to stupid to wrap it? this was just sad to read.

IMO

4/20/2012 9:43:19 AM
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IMO

  
Allyoop said "
  
BlutEngelGirl13 said "Brandon is small minded, and has a problem not so much with race, but stereotypes. Its no different then with goths, punks, gays, lesbians and so on. I think that people see those that follow a negative stereotype and from there it leads to generalisation.  
 
After all, we have all heard "Goths are satan worshippers" and "Damn punks are all delequents" and the list goes on.  
 
I do think that people hate those that follow the negative image that aboriginals have, but a hatred of all of aboriginals, no. "

Color or race doesn't make a bad person. It's the person that makes themselves that way. "

Agreed. Ethnicity doesnt decide if a person is good or bad. They make their own choices.

BlutEngelGirl13

4/20/2012 9:45:50 AM
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IMO

I think racism happens everywhere... and its very easy to put it on someone. I think its easy to say "You're racist because <insert something here>"  
 
I do not think overall Brandon is racist in comparison to any other place... I think there is more misunderstanding, assumptions, and as I said above, stereotypes both followed and assumed.  
 
An example of this would be "Fat people are lazy and don't care about their health."  
 
This is not true, though yes, some are like that, but not all.  
 
Same principle with race.  
 

BullyBreed

4/20/2012 9:52:06 AM
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agreed

  
~Tammy~ said "It took you this long to realise that? There are those of us who realised that long time ago. I wouldnt call myself racist. I would say I have no use for stupid, lazy or ignorant people. It doesnt matter what color you are but if you are one of the 3 then thats what I disrespect.  
 
Its also something that is "not allowed" to be discussed for some reason. There are those who like to keep their heads up their butts and pretend that all is well in the teeny city of Brandon.  
 
Edited by ~Tammy~, 2012-04-20 09:39:30"

Well said. The BS people get away with because they happen to be in a group that some softhead claims is "overrepresented" in the prison system or related to somebody that was "socially marginalized" decades and even centuries ago has absolutely debilitated North America. PC fear-mongering has nearly paralyzed rational discourse on the issue and will only lead to violence and unrest in the future.  
If the OP thinks that Brandon is somehow unique in having citizens with a degree of xenophobia he should travel a little more. Only one group in the world seems to pretend to have some kind of masochistic obligation to the universal brotherhood of man concept. Others either have a realistic view as above or a hostile yet PC-approved distaste for most outsiders.

Dee

4/20/2012 10:12:16 AM
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Total posts:114
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Dave Barnesky said "The other day I was in Superstore, waiting in line at the checkout, and two women were ahead of me in line, one was talking about how her son was a newly-minted RCMP officer, doing his time up north. She commented how he hates dealing with aboriginal people. The older woman agreed, and continued to comment, and as it turned out she was a long term care nurse, and complained about how 60% of the beds at her work are taken up by "those people." (Referring to aboriginals.)  
 
Then I come home and log onto eBrandon, click on a thread about a potential Casino development, and start to read posters spinning conspiracy theories about how people are going to start a reservation in Brandon because the Casino is aboriginal owned.  
 
So I head to another part of the forum, and I get to read about how immigrants are taking everybody's jobs, taking away everyone's housing, and even that there were no STDs in Brandon before people from South America came over.  
 
What the hell? Does Brandon have a problem with race? "

Yes.......

Tamara79

4/20/2012 10:25:41 AM
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you noticed?

  
Dave Barnesky said "The other day I was in Superstore, waiting in line at the checkout, and two women were ahead of me in line, one was talking about how her son was a newly-minted RCMP officer, doing his time up north. She commented how he hates dealing with aboriginal people. The older woman agreed, and continued to comment, and as it turned out she was a long term care nurse, and complained about how 60% of the beds at her work are taken up by "those people." (Referring to aboriginals.)  
 
Then I come home and log onto eBrandon, click on a thread about a potential Casino development, and start to read posters spinning conspiracy theories about how people are going to start a reservation in Brandon because the Casino is aboriginal owned.  
 
So I head to another part of the forum, and I get to read about how immigrants are taking everybody's jobs, taking away everyone's housing, and even that there were no STDs in Brandon before people from South America came over.  
 
What the hell? Does Brandon have a problem with race? "

Yes, racism is alive and well in our fair city. What is most amusing in reading and hearing the stereotypes and some of the statements and misinformation and ignorance, is that it is almost always those who have no actual understanding of what racism feels like or how it directly impacts their life who think they have the right to define racism.

SJK

4/20/2012 10:35:30 AM
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I love your thinking

  
BullyBreed said "
  
~Tammy~ said "It took you this long to realise that? There are those of us who realised that long time ago. I wouldnt call myself racist. I would say I have no use for stupid, lazy or ignorant people. It doesnt matter what color you are but if you are one of the 3 then thats what I disrespect.  
 
Its also something that is "not allowed" to be discussed for some reason. There are those who like to keep their heads up their butts and pretend that all is well in the teeny city of Brandon.  
 
Edited by ~Tammy~, 2012-04-20 09:39:30"

Well said. The BS people get away with because they happen to be in a group that some softhead claims is "overrepresented" in the prison system or related to somebody that was "socially marginalized" decades and even centuries ago has absolutely debilitated North America. PC fear-mongering has nearly paralyzed rational discourse on the issue and will only lead to violence and unrest in the future.  
If the OP thinks that Brandon is somehow unique in having citizens with a degree of xenophobia he should travel a little more. Only one group in the world seems to pretend to have some kind of masochistic obligation to the universal brotherhood of man concept. Others either have a realistic view as above or a hostile yet PC-approved distaste for most outsiders. "

Bullybreed.  
 
I'm a white middle aged woman and I have experienced racist remarks. It's hard not to feel angry against an accuser who is constantly reminding me that my race, forefathers, Government, etc. tried to destroy their race and culture. Even though I wasn't born yet, have no forefathers that stole any land, and wasn't even old enough to vote at the time.  
 
Quote of the day:  
 
"We seem to be moving steadily in the direction of a society where no one is responsible for what he himself did, but we are all responsible for what somebody else did, either in the present or in the past."  
Thomas Sowell

BullyBreed

4/20/2012 10:35:40 AM
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a right?

  
Tamara79 said "
  
Dave Barnesky said "The other day I was in Superstore, waiting in line at the checkout, and two women were ahead of me in line, one was talking about how her son was a newly-minted RCMP officer, doing his time up north. She commented how he hates dealing with aboriginal people. The older woman agreed, and continued to comment, and as it turned out she was a long term care nurse, and complained about how 60% of the beds at her work are taken up by "those people." (Referring to aboriginals.)  
 
Then I come home and log onto eBrandon, click on a thread about a potential Casino development, and start to read posters spinning conspiracy theories about how people are going to start a reservation in Brandon because the Casino is aboriginal owned.  
 
So I head to another part of the forum, and I get to read about how immigrants are taking everybody's jobs, taking away everyone's housing, and even that there were no STDs in Brandon before people from South America came over.  
 
What the hell? Does Brandon have a problem with race? "

Yes, racism is alive and well in our fair city. What is most amusing in reading and hearing the stereotypes and some of the statements and misinformation and ignorance, is that it is almost always those who have no actual understanding of what racism feels like or how it directly impacts their life who think they have the right to define racism. "

And who does have the right to define this for the rest of humanity? Troyfim Lysenko? Susan Sontag?

Mela

4/20/2012 10:36:46 AM
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.

Does Brandon have a problem with race? YES!  
 
I hear no end of complaining about every non-caucasian ethnicity. I was at supper last night and I overheard a conversation that wasn't blatantly racist, but there was a thinly veiled condescension to the way they spoke about the Aborigional people that passes as non-racist but is still disgusting to me. And when it comes to anyone who was obviously not born in Canada it is so much worse.  
 
 
People often assume a good friend of mine is an uneducated labourer taking away their jobs who can't speak English. In fact he has a higher education level than a majority of Canadian born and was raised in an English speaking country. I hate that people try to take advantage of him because they think he doesn't understand things just by looking at him.  
 
You DON'T see conversations about how the vast majority of the DUI's in this town seem to be WHITE PEOPLE or about the white guy pulling out his junk in front of women all over town and how all white guys are gross. That would be ridiculous, right?  
 
I'm going to quote Areosmith right now: "if you can judge a wise man by the colour of his skin, then mister you're a better man than I."

SJK

4/20/2012 10:38:58 AM
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The problem is

  
BullyBreed said "
  
Tamara79 said "
  
Dave Barnesky said "The other day I was in Superstore, waiting in line at the checkout, and two women were ahead of me in line, one was talking about how her son was a newly-minted RCMP officer, doing his time up north. She commented how he hates dealing with aboriginal people. The older woman agreed, and continued to comment, and as it turned out she was a long term care nurse, and complained about how 60% of the beds at her work are taken up by "those people." (Referring to aboriginals.)  
 
Then I come home and log onto eBrandon, click on a thread about a potential Casino development, and start to read posters spinning conspiracy theories about how people are going to start a reservation in Brandon because the Casino is aboriginal owned.  
 
So I head to another part of the forum, and I get to read about how immigrants are taking everybody's jobs, taking away everyone's housing, and even that there were no STDs in Brandon before people from South America came over.  
 
What the hell? Does Brandon have a problem with race? "

Yes, racism is alive and well in our fair city. What is most amusing in reading and hearing the stereotypes and some of the statements and misinformation and ignorance, is that it is almost always those who have no actual understanding of what racism feels like or how it directly impacts their life who think they have the right to define racism. "

And who does have the right to define this for the rest of humanity? Troyfim Lysenko? Susan Sontag? "

everybody has there own definition of racism as it suits their needs.  

BullyBreed

4/20/2012 10:41:28 AM
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Total posts:456
we all have

  
SJK said "
  
BullyBreed said "
  
~Tammy~ said "It took you this long to realise that? There are those of us who realised that long time ago. I wouldnt call myself racist. I would say I have no use for stupid, lazy or ignorant people. It doesnt matter what color you are but if you are one of the 3 then thats what I disrespect.  
 
Its also something that is "not allowed" to be discussed for some reason. There are those who like to keep their heads up their butts and pretend that all is well in the teeny city of Brandon.  
 
Edited by ~Tammy~, 2012-04-20 09:39:30"

Well said. The BS people get away with because they happen to be in a group that some softhead claims is "overrepresented" in the prison system or related to somebody that was "socially marginalized" decades and even centuries ago has absolutely debilitated North America. PC fear-mongering has nearly paralyzed rational discourse on the issue and will only lead to violence and unrest in the future.  
If the OP thinks that Brandon is somehow unique in having citizens with a degree of xenophobia he should travel a little more. Only one group in the world seems to pretend to have some kind of masochistic obligation to the universal brotherhood of man concept. Others either have a realistic view as above or a hostile yet PC-approved distaste for most outsiders. "

Bullybreed.  
 
I'm a white middle aged woman and I have experienced racist remarks. It's hard not to feel angry against an accuser who is constantly reminding me that my race, forefathers, Government, etc. tried to destroy their race and culture. Even though I wasn't born yet, have no forefathers that stole any land, and wasn't even old enough to vote at the time.  
 
Quote of the day:  
 
"We seem to be moving steadily in the direction of a society where no one is responsible for what he himself did, but we are all responsible for what somebody else did, either in the present or in the past."  
Thomas Sowell "

experienced remarks, assaults, or worse. Yet something tells me that we aren't "allowed" to recognize these types of things as a part of the PC orthodoxy's definition of the word. The politics of original sin! And some people continue to buy into it...

BullyBreed

4/20/2012 10:45:06 AM
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exactly

  
SJK said "
  
BullyBreed said "
  
Tamara79 said "
  
Dave Barnesky said "The other day I was in Superstore, waiting in line at the checkout, and two women were ahead of me in line, one was talking about how her son was a newly-minted RCMP officer, doing his time up north. She commented how he hates dealing with aboriginal people. The older woman agreed, and continued to comment, and as it turned out she was a long term care nurse, and complained about how 60% of the beds at her work are taken up by "those people." (Referring to aboriginals.)  
 
Then I come home and log onto eBrandon, click on a thread about a potential Casino development, and start to read posters spinning conspiracy theories about how people are going to start a reservation in Brandon because the Casino is aboriginal owned.  
 
So I head to another part of the forum, and I get to read about how immigrants are taking everybody's jobs, taking away everyone's housing, and even that there were no STDs in Brandon before people from South America came over.  
 
What the hell? Does Brandon have a problem with race? "

Yes, racism is alive and well in our fair city. What is most amusing in reading and hearing the stereotypes and some of the statements and misinformation and ignorance, is that it is almost always those who have no actual understanding of what racism feels like or how it directly impacts their life who think they have the right to define racism. "

And who does have the right to define this for the rest of humanity? Troyfim Lysenko? Susan Sontag? "

everybody has there own definition of racism as it suits their needs.  
"

And certain groups try to set agendas for everybody else to follow, even if it comes at their own expense.

Sandy

4/20/2012 10:46:31 AM
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Degrading..

Yes even in 2012 some individuals still think racist thoughts, say racist things, treat people badly because of the colour of their skin. There are many ways in which opportunities, status and identities in Canada are degraded because of racism.  
 
 

BullyBreed

4/20/2012 10:47:05 AM
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Total posts:456
and

  
Mela said "Does Brandon have a problem with race? YES!  
 
I hear no end of complaining about every non-caucasian ethnicity. I was at supper last night and I overheard a conversation that wasn't blatantly racist, but there was a thinly veiled condescension to the way they spoke about the Aborigional people that passes as non-racist but is still disgusting to me. And when it comes to anyone who was obviously not born in Canada it is so much worse.  
 
 
People often assume a good friend of mine is an uneducated labourer taking away their jobs who can't speak English. In fact he has a higher education level than a majority of Canadian born and was raised in an English speaking country. I hate that people try to take advantage of him because they think he doesn't understand things just by looking at him.  
 
You DON'T see conversations about how the vast majority of the DUI's in this town seem to be WHITE PEOPLE or about the white guy pulling out his junk in front of women all over town and how all white guys are gross. That would be ridiculous, right?  
 
I'm going to quote Areosmith right now: "if you can judge a wise man by the colour of his skin, then mister you're a better man than I." "

if you spoke other languages or hung out with some of the people you feel are being targeted YOU would be the target. Does that make you feel better or worse?

golflnks

4/20/2012 10:56:18 AM
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Apr 2007
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Brandon historically racist

Way back in the day, Brandon has always had citizens that were/are racists. Mind you back in those days there wasn't the melting pot we have today, and Aboriginals were the brunt of that racism. Why? Based on a certain set of societal norms? Or some other preconceived notion of how "they" live based on the observation of few.  
This day I mention goes back to before the shoppers mall was there, where all that was there was bush, and my mother would travel a few days to get there. Coming to Brandon so her parents could do their business and leave. Being warned not to look at the whites, or wander off- closely guarded.  
My mother felt the brunt of racism as a child 65 years ago,throughout her life, and the life of her children ( coming and going through this fine city ). Being raised in Brandon for a stint, being told to be careful at he stores at a very young age. True to her words, being watched, told not to steal, just because I'm walking in the store.  
As an adult and parent telling my children about racism and giving them my life experience about how people can be and to be better and not stoop to that level.  
Now times have changed, my daughter hasnt had those experiences, partly due to the melting pot and the "underground racism" or behind closed doors racism.  
This is what you heard with those two lady's standing in line.  
Brandon has always been "Conservative" lol

Woody94

4/20/2012 11:10:33 AM
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the whole world historically

Every group prefers to associate with their own. So is Brandon racist, yes. Is the rest of the world racist, yes. Your color and religion will greatly influence whether you are accepted where you are living or working. I can't really think of a country where there is peace between the races/religions. Brandon is actually not too bad for the most part.  
 
Visit the southern US. Some cities are a third black, third hispanic and a third caucasian and nobody likes anybody else. There is actual tension there like the music stops and everybody looks at you if you end up in the wrong place.  
 
Even though I am white male I have been on the other side many times and it is no fun. Everyone likes to blame the white guy. But when you go to a country where whites are the minority you find out that it is not just whites that discriminate it is the group that is the dominant one.  
 
It is not fair but it is the way the world operates at the moment.  
 

BullyBreed

4/20/2012 11:25:27 AM
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game, set, match

  
Woody94 said "Every group prefers to associate with their own. So is Brandon racist, yes. Is the rest of the world racist, yes. Your color and religion will greatly influence whether you are accepted where you are living or working. I can't really think of a country where there is peace between the races/religions. Brandon is actually not too bad for the most part.  
 
Visit the southern US. Some cities are a third black, third hispanic and a third caucasian and nobody likes anybody else. There is actual tension there like the music stops and everybody looks at you if you end up in the wrong place.  
 
Even though I am white male I have been on the other side many times and it is no fun. Everyone likes to blame the white guy. But when you go to a country where whites are the minority you find out that it is not just whites that discriminate it is the group that is the dominant one.  
 
It is not fair but it is the way the world operates at the moment.  
 
"

You nailed it. There is no racism in homogenous areas. Other problems, yes, but there can't be racism where there is no contact between different peoples.  
Anyone with a world view parochial enough to believe that racism is only the domain of a few opinionated white folks in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada should take a trip to Haiti, Israel, or Mexico for starters.

traveller

4/20/2012 11:38:41 AM
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>:

  
Woody94 said "Every group prefers to associate with their own. So is Brandon racist, yes. Is the rest of the world racist, yes. Your color and religion will greatly influence whether you are accepted where you are living or working. I can't really think of a country where there is peace between the races/religions. Brandon is actually not too bad for the most part.  
 
Visit the southern US. Some cities are a third black, third hispanic and a third caucasian and nobody likes anybody else. There is actual tension there like the music stops and everybody looks at you if you end up in the wrong place.  
 
Even though I am white male I have been on the other side many times and it is no fun. Everyone likes to blame the white guy. But when you go to a country where whites are the minority you find out that it is not just whites that discriminate it is the group that is the dominant one.  
 
It is not fair but it is the way the world operates at the moment.  
 
"

i agree that every race does have it biases and stereotypes and Caucasians are deemed racist even though all the other ethnicity's participate, it is the world we live in today  
 
is brandon racist, somewhat yes, but when you add in the issue of a casino discussing, reservations and the implications doesn't make brandon racist, those issues and differences are the reality and need to be discussed to make an informed decision,saying thats racist and shaming discussion to stop helps no one. discussing immigration has merit too  
 
saying we didn't have STDs/STI's until X race came to brandon IS raciest and is completely untrue, but different cultures do have their own beliefs and ways to which some of their beliefs do help spread disease so saying X STD is prevalent in X race or culture is also relevant, including some that are more prevalent in Caucasians

one more thing..

4/20/2012 11:40:24 AM
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I am a white immigrant

I am a white man with a good job. I come from an English speaking country. If I was walking down the street you would think I was just another regular Canadian born citizen. The only thing that tells me apart is my accent.  
 
I am no different to the south Americans that have come up here they came to improve their lives as did I.  
 
I have never experienced racism directed towards myself although I have experienced racism directed towards the visible minority's, chineese, south Americans etc.  
 
My job has me going into peoples homes every day and I can tell you for a fact that some of the guys that come up from el salvador, Columbia, china ect have nice homes in nice areas of town which they have worked hard to get. Most came here with nothing. So everything they have here they have worked hard and saved hard to get  
 
Immigrants pay their taxes just like Canadian citizens do. If anything we have it harder than Canadian citizens do. We can't rely on welfare to support us if we hit hard times. If we can't support ourselves we have to leave the country (most immigrants come here on temporary work permits which only allows them to work for one employer) We can claim EI (only if a permanent resident) but that is something we have contributed to just like everyone else.  
 
So crime has increased since "the immigrants" came here. Well regardless where you come from as your population increases so do all of your statistics.  
 
Brandon has change a lot in the last 5/6 years and in many ways it has changed for the better.  
 
We are seeing things like target/super Walmart, new bars/resteraunts, superstore renos Etc. all of this is happening due to our increased population and growing economy which has been helped in a huge way by the immigrants that have came to Brandon.  
 
We should be embracing immigrants and thanking them for choosing to come to Brandon to help further develop our city rather than single them out and treat them like outcasts.  
 
Edited by one more thing.., 2012-04-20 11:46:05

5starConcerned

4/20/2012 11:40:52 AM
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Guilty!

I am guilty. But, so is every other Manitoban. I have a hard time believing that any caucasian person in manitoba has not at one time in there life over 12 years old thought or said something racially/ethnicity motivated after reading the paper or watching the news. This post is not only pointing the finger at the city of Brandon, but indirectly pointing the finger at white people. Which is pretty sick considering a good portion of us have absolutely no idea what these people say about us when we arent around or in their native language. Racism is a part of life. Every race does it. Indirectly or directly.  
 
WITH THAT SAID! I dont support it, and think we should all most definately keep that crap to ourselves. Just so I dont get any hate mail  
 
Edited by 5starConcerned, 2012-04-20 11:44:25

Dennis

4/20/2012 11:45:25 AM
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Mar 2009
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'racism in Brandon'

Finally someone speaks up for aboriginals, thank you Dave for showing the 'reality' of racism that exists with our city

BlutEngelGirl13

4/20/2012 11:47:51 AM
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@ Tamara

I am a white female. Have I experienced racism? Yes! I have many times been called a white b*tch, and been discriminated against because I am white. I have almost been into fights with groups up to four simply because I stood up to one of them (and not due to race). My sister had to drop out of school because a group of non-caucasion was harassing her at school and were threatening to curb stomp her and all the teachers said was that that group was always at the school causing problems even though they didnt go to that school.  
 
Do I hate the races because of what a few small groups from that ethnic group did? No.  
 
I have also been through years of harassment being overweight... the underlying idea of "superiority" is always there, race is just a different thing to discriminate against, along with size, dress code, the people we associate with, ect.  
 
Do I think I have a right to define it? I think everyone does based on the fact that in one way or another, almost everyone has been discriminated against.  
 
 
 
Edited by BlutEngelGirl13, 2012-04-20 11:53:01

Dennis

4/20/2012 11:50:16 AM
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correction

For the 'racism' that exists within our city. Thank you Dave for sharing your experience

NA

4/20/2012 11:56:44 AM
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Manitoba is very discriminatory

It is not just a racism problem but discriminatory one too. It is like everyone has a superiority complex. People who think like this are just mirroring their dislike for themselves.  
 
As to the immigrants taking over jobs. They come to Canada to fill many jobs that are left vacant due to either dislike or not enough skilled Canadians. Treat others how you want to be treated and not by their color or how they are dressed. You don't know how hard they work or anything about them.  
 
Instead of judging, try talking to them and open your eyes! After all the difference is only skin deep.

cizzlebizzle

4/20/2012 12:27:17 PM
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Sure does Dave

  
Dave Barnesky said "The other day I was in Superstore, waiting in line at the checkout, and two women were ahead of me in line, one was talking about how her son was a newly-minted RCMP officer, doing his time up north. She commented how he hates dealing with aboriginal people. The older woman agreed, and continued to comment, and as it turned out she was a long term care nurse, and complained about how 60% of the beds at her work are taken up by "those people." (Referring to aboriginals.)  
 
Then I come home and log onto eBrandon, click on a thread about a potential Casino development, and start to read posters spinning conspiracy theories about how people are going to start a reservation in Brandon because the Casino is aboriginal owned.  
 
So I head to another part of the forum, and I get to read about how immigrants are taking everybody's jobs, taking away everyone's housing, and even that there were no STDs in Brandon before people from South America came over.  
 
What the hell? Does Brandon have a problem with race? "

I could tell you some stories about racism in Brandon, going back to my grade 3 days when we moved here from Wpg, or I could tell you some stories about racism on ebrandon I've experienced like the private messages I recieved with remarks I don't care to repeat, I could go on, but I won't cuz it will either take up too much space or it will get deleted from this thread. It happens but thank goodness its not all the time otherwise I wouldn't be here today.  
β€œLet no man pull you so low as to hate him.” Martin Luther King Jr

BullyBreed

4/20/2012 12:40:05 PM
Member since:
Aug 2009
Total posts:456
oh

  
BlutEngelGirl13 said "I am a white female. Have I experienced racism? Yes! I have many times been called a white b*tch, and been discriminated against because I am white. I have almost been into fights with groups up to four simply because I stood up to one of them (and not due to race). My sister had to drop out of school because a group of non-caucasion was harassing her at school and were threatening to curb stomp her and all the teachers said was that that group was always at the school causing problems even though they didnt go to that school.  
 
Do I hate the races because of what a few small groups from that ethnic group did? No.  
 
I have also been through years of harassment being overweight... the underlying idea of "superiority" is always there, race is just a different thing to discriminate against, along with size, dress code, the people we associate with, ect.  
 
Do I think I have a right to define it? I think everyone does based on the fact that in one way or another, almost everyone has been discriminated against.  
 
 
 
Edited by BlutEngelGirl13, 2012-04-20 11:53:01"

and thank you for sharing your experience to expose the racism that exists in Brandon.

 
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