Monday, March 21, 2005

Glass half empty?

The reaction to parts of these poll results confuse me. Not entirely - I can easily believe that such a percentage of Canadians has experienced discrimination, and that is terrible! But the article goes on: "Perhaps the most surprising finding of the poll was that seven per cent, or 1.7 million Canadians, would not welcome someone of another race as a next-door neighbour." I might be missing something, but doesn't the flipside of those numbers say that 93 percent of Canadians would be welcoming? That seems spectacularly good, if you ask me. Not perfect, of course, but very, very good, and probably miles ahead of most other nations.

Many Canadians, particularly in northern and rural communities, have had no experience whatsoever with multiculturalism. To ask them to embrace change with open arms, when they have no visible proof of its good in their own community, is tough. So, 93 percent? Rock on! Good for us. Let's keep working for 100, without unnecessary negativity.


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