Aboriginal Racism


I Admit It: I Hold Racist Views About Native People In Canada

When I think of native people, I immediately think of alcoholic, jobless, and homeless people who abuse themselves and others in every imaginable way. For all of my life I have seen these images and I continue to see native people this way. Here's the catch: I'm native myself. I'm "successful" by any measure you choose. I have proven that I am just as capable of excellence as anyone else. But I can't quite make the connection that we native people are as worthy or capable as non-native Canadians. Despite my efforts to discard my damaging thought processes, I hold deeply-rooted prejudiced views about my own people, and indeed about myself.