Racism Essay

Racism is the belief that all members of each race posses characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races (Google definition). I was born in the southern United States where racism is unfortunately very common. Most people experience their childhood in one social society. Although it was not easy, I had the privilege of experiencing two social societies. I am biracial; my father is black and my mother is white. Being a biracial child does have many advantages and disadvantages.

Most people experience their childhood in one social society. Although it was not easy, I had the privilege of experiencing two. I was born and raised for the first four years of my life in Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA. Having an interracial relationship with biracial kids down south in the 90’s was frowned upon, making being together tough on my parents. According to my dad who is black, said that when they were out in public together, people would give them dirty looks, and he said that eventually he got use to how things were because racism was huge while he was growing up as well. My mom on the other hand was not use to this due to the fact that she is white and grew up in Ontario. While my parents were in public, my mom said that people would shake their heads, make inappropriate comments, and talk about my parents. Older black women and the white people even called her names and treated them both poorly.

Being a biracial child has its advantages and disadvantages. Around the time and area my brother and I were born, having a white mom and a black dad was not very common. People did not support their choices 100%. My mom’s parents were not happy when they found out my mother was dating a black man; they were concerned about her safety. My dad’s parents did not mind it at all; they were supportive through most of it. They were ecstatic to hear their first grandchild was on her way.

Its tough to be biracial sometimes, kids now a days go around dropping the N word like its nothing. When I am filling out forms that ask you your race, they have options like White, Black, Native, Hispanic etc. It makes it difficult to decide which one to choose; occasionally there is a box that says other but rarely.

When it was time for me to go to school, my parents applied to multiple schools around Clarksdale. No schools accepted my request except one. It was an all white school, and the only reason why they accepted me was to get a better funding and it would have been beneficial to have a minority in their school.

Racism will always be something that people will take part in. People are not born racist; they’re raised that way. If everyone taught their children that we are all the same, and that no race is superior to another, things in the world may just be at peace. From experience, I try my best to over look the racism going on in this world. I try not to partake in the childish behaviours toward others.

Homicide in Canada

Homicide is defined as “a person who commits murder when, directly or indirectly, by any means, he causes the death of a human being” (CC s.222(4)). Most common methods of homicide in Canada consist of shooting, stabbing, beating, strangulation and fire (burns/suffocation) (Stats Can). Statistically, victims of homicide are often men between the ages of 30-39 years and women between the ages of 40-49 years (Stats Can). However, men on average are more likely to die from a homicide then women. There are two different charges for homicide: First degree consists of planning and deliberating and second degree is any murder that is not considered first degree (Stats Can).

     According to Statistics Canada (2012), during 1966 homicide was at its lowest at a rate of 1.3 (for 100,000 population), while in 1975 homicide hit its peak at a rate of 3.0. Currently, the homicide rate in Canada for 2012 is 1.56. Although there was a slight increase in the homicide rates in Canada in the early 1990’s, we have seen a gradual decline in the last 40 years.

There can be many reasons why the homicide rate is decreasing in Canada. Many people speculate that tougher sentences for crimes, mentoring programs for youth and criminals, and support within the community all help to improve their lives.

Homicides in Canada can be reduced by: Bringing more campaigns to high schools and work places to educate people on the dangers of weapons; making depression or anger counselling more affordable and accessible; educating the public on what to do in a life or death situation; helping ex-offenders find a stable living environment and employment (Nancy La Vigne).

We need to remain cautious about interpreting the statistics that indicate a downward trend of homicide rates in Canada. Although numbers appear to be declining in stabbings, in 2011 158 victims were killed by guns and in 2012 172 were killed (Stats Can). Will this recent change in homicide methods affect the homicide rates in Canada over the next decade? Or will our government’s tough-on-crime agenda continue to keep Canada’s homicides rates at an all time low.

 

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Homicides, Canada, 1961-2012

Police recorded 543 homicides in Canada in 2012, 55 fewer than the previous year. The homicide rate in 2012 was 1.56 victims per 100,000 population, down 10% from 2011 and the lowest homicide rate recorded since 1966.

 

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