Canadian settlers devote a lot of rhetorical space to the fact that Native kids get “free school” and, like the tax myth, it’s a stubbornly persistent one that suggests special treatment and a supposedly unfair advantage.
According to Stats Canada, about 32.1% of Aboriginal students graduate from high school. This number is stunningly low, especially when compared to 82.5 for non-Aboriginal students. There is no reasonable excuse for pathetic numbers like this, and it is absolutely a consequence of Canada’s policies towards Aboriginal peoples. Funding disparities from anywhere between 20% to 40% per student per year, rural isolation, poverty and the poor condition of many of the schools themselves are all contributing factors and challenges that most other children in Canada will never encounter.
But, I digress.
Meeting and exceeding the unique challenges faced by Aboriginal students, about half of that 32.1% go on to access post-secondary education (51.1%). Despite exemplifying the supposed virtues of determination, hard-work, perseverance (and whatever boot-strappyness is), these students are vilified by Canada’s upsettler contingent because the upsettler is under the impression that these students have had everything handed to them, paid for by the upsettler’s “tax money.”
These people forget a few things, namely
- Education in Canada is subsidized by the state at all levels, for everyone. Most Native kids aren’t getting anything that everyone else isn’t already getting, and due to funding disparities are actually getting much less.
- Only status holders, those registered under the Indian Act, are entitled to greater tuition subsidies. Many people counted as Aboriginal are non-status, including people like me.
So the people wringing their hands over the grand larceny committed by Native kids attending college or university is being done over an unbelievably small amount of people.
Another thing which should be under consideration is that FNs registered under the Indian Act provide much of their own funding through trusts, own source and resource revenues and suspence accounts administered by AANDC. The amount of funding derived from taxation is a matter of pure conjecture, and in any case, most Aboriginal people pay all taxes anyway.
The long and short of this is that we aren’t truly getting anything for free, and this is without mentioning that education is a treaty right affirmed by the constitution in most cases, and is a matter of legislation for all others.
So the problem isn’t that we’re getting “free school” the problem is that the very idea of Native kids who’ve had the temerity to succeed despite very long odds burns upsettler asses.
They’ll condemn us for not exceeding the challenges we face, and chalk it up to some inherent racial deficiency, or they’ll piss and moan whenever we do succeed and then try to take personal credit for it.
You have no idea how many times I’ve been told I should be thankful because I’m not poor.
— Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States (via flawlessescape)
Of course this is coming from the Fraser Institute.
"We can’t change the world, but we can give an example of how coexistence is possible. Sharing a stage and sharing a bus is stronger than a thousand words. We’ll show how two people from different backgrounds who live in a conflict zone can perform together."
“We are metal brothers before everything. There is no bigger message for peace than through this tour.”
Maybe we should stop letting politicians attempt peace talks and leave it to metalheads from each side to do the work. The latter seem more level-headed, talented, and genuine in their attempts than the former.
Out in the country a white man attempted to rape a Black woman who was 8 months pregnant. Her neighbor who was a white woman had brought her to the police to try to get an indictment against the man who tried to rape her, and the Chief of police refused to give a warrant, so we had to get involved with the NAACP.
As a result, some of the men in community said, “well, suppose we take care of this. They’re not going to do anything.” Then I explained to them that they couldn’t take care of it. They said, ‘well, we could just go by his house and sprinkle maybe a few machine gun bullets,’ I said, ‘no, you can’t do that.’ They said, ‘we’ll just scare him,’ ‘no’. Then they said, ’ well, we could throw a stick of dynamite on his porch,’ ‘no.’ So I said it will be taken care of in the law.
So what they did, there was a young white woman lawyer from New York who volunteered to come and prosecute this man. She came all the way to North Carolina, and when it came up for trial, she never got the chance to say anything on the floor because they had brought this white man’s wife, and they set her down in the court.
And his attorney got up and said, ‘judge, your honor, this man is not guilty of any crime. He was just drinking and having a little fun. Now, you see this lovely creature? God’s pure flower, God’s greatest gift to man? This lovely flower, this lovely white woman? These people are going to have you to believe that that man left God’s greatest gift to him for this?” Talking about the Black woman.
So, that was all! The white woman lawyer volunteer didn’t even get a chance to say a word in the court. The judge said, ‘dismissed.’ Then all the women in the courtroom, they had packed the courtroom, and they turned to me and they said, ‘if it hadn’t been for you, that man would have been punished. Now you’ve opened the floodgates on us. They feel that they can do anything they want to to us with impunity. Now what are you going to say?”
And I said,’ I’m going to say: From this day forward, we will meet violence with violence. We will become our own judges, our own prosecutors, and our own executioners. And that’s what we’ll do from now on.
And so they had to take the man out of the back door of the courthouse. They couldn’t bring him through the crowd of black women who had congregated there. It just happened a man was there from United Press International; he heard me say that. That night he called me back at midnight, he wanted to know, said, ‘you had time to cool off. I’ve got a statement you made today, and before I sent it out on the wire, I’d like to know, do you stand behind that statement?
I said, ‘yeah, I stand behind that statement. If you call me back 6 years from now I’ll still stand behind it.’ And they sent it out all over the country. Next day, it was like the world was on fire….”
Robert F. Williams
The story behind the statement where said saying, “We must meet violence with violence.”
According to a study published in the journal “Sexually Transmitted Infections”, young gay men are 15 times more likely to develop genital cancer than straight men.
The researchers claim that it would be more cost effective to the NHS to offer young gay men the HPV vaccine at sexual health clinics as a preventive measure rather than to treat cancers once they have developed.
Sana Saeed - How we ‘other’ sexual assault to ignore our own norms of abuse, The Guardian | Comment is Free.
This is a really, really important article.
— Susan A. Crane; MEMORY, DISTORTION, AND HISTORY IN THE MUSEUM (via flawlessescape)