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HAT Forum @ Trinity Church - Is there Racism towards Caucasins?

  • 427 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON, M5S 1X6 Canada (map)

Please note:Venue has changed to 427 Bloor St. W.

Proposer: Mark Tordai

Discussion Questions:

  1. Is it possible to be racist against white people?
  2. Does white privilege exist? Can others races have comparable privileges?
  3. In general, can races we consider oppressed be racist against their oppressors?
  4. How does the west’s Colonial history factor into race relations today?
  5. Should first generation Canadians/Americans feel guilt over the mistreatment of the First Nations peoples and African-American slaves? If so, why?
  6. 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?
  7. Have you experience white national and/or white supremacy in Toronto? If so, when/where?

Right-Wing Nationalist Movements:

White Nationalism

“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”.*

White Supremancy

“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.”*

Other Movements:

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:

  • Germany
    • Alternativ fur Deutschland, minor party but growing
  • Hungary
    • Jobbik – Third place, 20% of parliament
  • Finland
    • Finns Party – Tied for second, 37/200 seats
  • France
    • National Front – Marine La Penn, second place, 1/3
  • Netherlands
    • Party for Freedom – Geert Wilders, second place
  • Sweden
    • Swedish Democrats – Third place, 14% of seats