f all the awful tensions roiling and coiling in American society, it’s only a little bit surprising that the racial module is blowing off now rather than, say, the stock market.
Perhaps it’s a seasonal thing: race riots in the summer; stock market crashes in the fall, revolutions in the spring.
Those who do live in urban centres are mostly confined to a few cities in the Prairies.
Fewer than 40,000 live in Toronto, not even one per cent of the total population of the Greater Toronto Area.
Unfortunately, the truth is we have a far worse race problem than the United States. Terry Glavin, recently writing in the , mocked the idea that the United States could learn from Canada’s example when it comes to racial harmony.
To illustrate his point, he compared the conditions of the African-American community to Canada’s First Nations.
One might follow the other in a better world, but our prospects for the moment are not so bright.
Or it could be because we simply do not see the forest for trees.If you judge a society by how it treats its most disadvantaged, Glavin found us wanting. By almost every measurable indicator, the Aboriginal population in Canada is treated worse and lives with more hardship than the African-American population.All these facts tell us one thing: Canada has a race problem, too. For a country so self-satisfied with its image of progressive tolerance, how is this not a national crisis? RELATED: Welcome to Winnipeg: Where Canada’s racism problem is at its worst Possibly it is because our Fergusons are hidden deep in the bush, accessible only by chartered float plane: 49 per cent of First Nations members live on remote reserves.The basic questions of race relations in America remain too painful to ask and too hard to answer. There certainly was a great wish that this were not so.Has it been disproven or overcome in the 60 years since Brown v. Do we have different standards of behavior for different races? The case of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, can’t inspire a whole lot of confidence about working anything out. The 20th Anniversary edition With an entertaining new introduction by the author Bargain Price .99 Amazon Kindle …or … Kobo James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation.