So a suburb in the Greater Toronto Area is now majority non-white and it's freak out time of course.
What I love is that this story is about white people leaving Brampton because South Asians are moving in, but the article is about how South Asian people need to "integrate" and not "isolate". Um, but WHITE PEOPLE ARE THE ONES LEAVING? Clearly they're the ones who don't want to "integrate" and are "isolating" themselves. Except, of course, that from a "white as default" lens, where white people should be the majority population of any non-poor area, and PoCs should be there just to spice things up, it's framed as white people being chased out, and South Asians isolating themselves by... existing.
Like, there's never societal angst that majority white neighbourhoods are white people not "integrating" with Canadian/American society, or creating "ethnic enclaves" or "ghettos". But if you have a non-white population be the majority, then it's OMG ISOLATING, ENCLAVES, NOT INTEGRATING, blah blah blah. -_- Unless, it's a poor neighbourhood, that's okay, because that's also part of the "order of things" in a white privileged society. And it means that those PoC don't have as much power. Nobody complains about Chinatown in Toronto, but there's a lot of complaints about Markham, while both are majority Chinese, because Chinatown is in the city, seen as a tourist destination (i.e. the PoCs exist for white people and spices up the city), and is lower income, while Markham is a fairly affluent suburb, where Chinese people have quite a lot of say in what happens in the city. And that's not the "way of things" to white Canada.
This BS reminds me of my high school which was about 30-40% Chinese and there was angst that the Chinese population didn't "integrate" and we hung around each other a lot. Nobody of course saw it as white people hanging around THEMSELVES, because white is default and white people hanging around each other is normal. White people sit together at lunch, that's normal, Asian people sit together at lunch instead of spreading themselves out so we're a minority at every white-majority table? That's ghettoizing ourselves, that's not integrating, that's blah blah blah. Every social group must look like an American TV show where it's 5 white ppl and 1 or 2 token PoCs, or there's a problem
There was even an article in the student newspaper that "called out" the Chinese students for "not integrating" and that we spoke in Cantonese too often and white people couldn't eavesdrop which makes white people paranoid, so it's... our fault. Eavesdropping is rude. You presumably don't feel the need to hear every single conversation in English in the school, and you don't get paranoid they're all talking about you (and the funny part is you don't need to speak in another language to gossip about ppl, we ALL know that), so why suddenly with us? And the article also claimed we needed to be more "Canadian" and learn about hockey and cottage-living. Yes, apparently cottage-living is a Canadian thing and if you don't do it, you're not Canadian. I'm pretty sure the majority of Canadians don't own cottages, we should probably deport everybody. e_e
But what this ultimately comes down to, I think, is white people feeling like they're losing control. Whether it's not being able to understand a conversation that has nothing to do with them, or a non-white group making up the majority of a non-poor community, or malls and restaurants that exist for the community and not as "tourist attractions", it's all about feeling as if their dominance and being in control is slipping away. They want to spread PoCs around so that we're always a minority in every community and thus white people never have to worry about a situation where they have to feel not the "default". Consciously or subconsciously, it makes white society uncomfortable when there's a situation where they feel that PoC don't exist for them, but for ourselves, and we are main characters in our stories and not just token friends in theirs or "ethnic" communities for a "very special episode".
Article from the Toronto Star about it here.
This sounds like a good campaign, and taking a different tactic to raising awareness and getting people’s attention, hopefully people get the message and don’t just laugh it off.
Using Superman, I think, is also really powerful, because (besides the use of him in tights to send the message about clothing) it shows that no matter how physically powerful you are, or if you’re a man, you can still be assaulted. The clothing message is the obvious one, but by using a powerful superhero icon, there’s also the messages about not victim blaming people by speculating on if they could have fought back, or inventing ways of how they could have fought back (and therefore should have) or “but you’re so much bigger than them”, etc…
If we can believe Superman can be assaulted, then maybe we can believe the non-powered people we meet IRL when they say so.