Readers divided on ‘racist city’ claim
COMMENTERS on the Free Press website were divided on a Maclean’s article that declared Winnipeg the most racist city in Canada.
Is it time to cancel my subscription to for their inaccurate, divisive journalism?
Anecdotal metrics. Solid journalism.
Here’s another thread trying to minimize the impact of racism against a fast- growing indigenous population with a pointless discussion about the relative merits of a particular article. Get over it and face reality. Winnipeg is hurting because of racism.
I read the article, and I thought it was interesting how you had to read about two-thirds of the way through before it concedes the point that much of the violence within the indigenous community is inflicted by other indigenous people.
Someone in Toronto seeing the cover on a newsstand might conclude whites are antagonizing minorities when that is clearly not the case, but that
wouldn’t sell as many copies.
Not having lived in any other Canadian city, I couldn’t comment on whether Winnipeg is the most racist city in the land. However, if it isn’t, I would be surprised. It always was racist, just well-hidden. Now, with Internet anonymity, people set their true feelings free. I am fairly amazed at things I see on the streets of Winnipeg or hear at private functions. Unfortunately, I have lost friends over this issue, and I don’t think it’s going to go away any time soon. The media and politicians of all stripes fuel the stereotypical views of all those that hold them, in my opinion.
A sensationalist article does not prove Winnipeg is the most racist city, but Winnipeg, bro, we have to talk. You’ve got a problem.
There is no doubt racism (and sexism and homophobia) exists in Winnipeg. But based on this article, I don’t feel it is a just conclusion that we are the absolute worst. Did they do a random survey across the board? Did they just chat with a few aboriginal people downtown? Doesn’t sound like all that much of a study was done to reach this conclusion.
I question the title of most racist city. Listening to my relatives from Toronto leads me to believe Toronto may possess this ignominious award.
I would hope that people outside of Manitoba would dismiss the article, realizing there is absolutely no valid science applied to arrive at such a conclusion.
To truly illustrate the level of intolerance Winnipeggers display, we’ve never elected a gay mayor or a female mayor or an aboriginal mayor. Wait, what? Never mind.
For a magazine to label an entire city racist because of the actions of a few of its inhabitants is to apply the same kind of stereotypes that racists do to justify their own behaviour.