Please note:Venue has changed to 427 Bloor St. W.
Proposer: Mark Tordai
- Is it possible to be racist against white people?
- Does white privilege exist? Can others races have comparable privileges?
- In general, can races we consider oppressed be racist against their oppressors?
- How does the west’s Colonial history factor into race relations today?
- Should first generation Canadians/Americans feel guilt over the mistreatment of the First Nations peoples and African-American slaves? If so, why?
- Do reparations for past events (slavery, internment, the holocaust, genocide, war, etc.) work? If so, do they contribute to a more just and progressive society?
- Have you experience white national and/or white supremacy in Toronto? If so, when/where?
Right-Wing Nationalist Movements:
“A type of nationalism or pan-nationalism which holds the belief that white people are a race and seeks to develop and maintain a white national identity. Its proponents identify with and are attached to the concept of a “white nation”.*
“A racist ideology centered upon the belief … that white people are superior in certain characteristics, traits, and attributes to people of other racial backgrounds and that therefore white people should politically, economically and socially rule non-white people.”*
Left-Wing Nationalist Movements:
- Cuba – Castro’s longtime persecution of the Afro-Cuban population as well as the LGBTQ community which where motivated by nationalistic and ethnic cleansing ideologies
- Soviet Union – The concept of the “Soviet Man”, which was similar to that of Hitler’s Ubermensch, longtime persecution of Jews, ethnic Ukrainians, ethnic Georgians and other non-Russians groups
- North Vietnam – Persecution against French-speakers, Buddhists, ethnic Chinese groups as well as the indigenous Malayo-Polynesian and Austroasiatic peoples
- Pan-Slavism – 20th century movement, purpose was to liberate the South Slavic peoples from the Austro-Hungarian Empire and form what would later become Yugoslavia
Non-White Nationalist Movements:
- Black Nationalism – “Activism revolves around social, political, and economic empowerment of black communities and people, especially to resist assimilation into white American culture … and maintain a distinct black identity.”*
- Turkish Nationalism – From 1915-1923 ethnic Turks in the Ottoman Empire and later the Republic of Turkey murdered 2-3 million Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks in order to purify Anatolia
- Pan-Turkicism – During the 18th century many Ottomans citizens wanted to bring all of the Turkic peoples from Eastern Europe, Siberia, Central Asia and West Asia into the Ottoman Empire
- Pan-Asianism – Short-lived movement after World War II, wanted China, Mongolia, Tibet, Korea and Japan to unify as one nation, racial supremacy and anti-Americanism were a part of this ideology
* Definitions are taken directly from Wikipedia.
Far-Right Nationalist Parties in Europe:
- Alternativ fur Deutschland, minor party but growing
- Jobbik – Third place, 20% of parliament
- Finns Party – Tied for second, 37/200 seats
- National Front – Marine La Penn, second place, 1/3
- Party for Freedom – Geert Wilders, second place
- Swedish Democrats – Third place, 14% of seats