Canadian Holy War: A Story of Clans, Tongs, Murder, and by Ian MacDonald, Betty O'Keefe

By Ian MacDonald, Betty O'Keefe

Scottish nursemaid Janet Smith was once the sufferer of a 1924 tragedy that ignited racial rigidity in a really younger Vancouver. on the middle of the difficulty have been the mysterious conditions surrounding Smith's loss of life, relatively the truth that the single different grownup in the home on the time used to be the chinese language houseboy. whilst Smith's dying used to be through the assassination of Davie Lew, a well known chinese language guy, it in simple terms reinforced the eu view that Vancouver's Asian neighborhood was once a hotbed of violence and corruption.

Newspaper editors and such a lot of Vancouver's white group raised an outcry, charging the police with incompetence and significant arrests, whereas Presbyterian indignation known as for legislations and order in addition to an finish to chinese language immigration. prior to the summer time used to be over, the tongs of Chinatown and the clans of Canada's West Coast have been set to shield their very own, and one Scottish minister went as far as to claim it a time of "holy war."

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In January 2014 US attorney general Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department would revise its stance on racial profiling to restrict officers from considering religion, national origin, gender, and sexual orientation in their investigations. 38 I n the United States it is illegal for home sellers, landlords, banks, realtors, or anyone else associated with housing to discriminate against buyers or renters. That does not mean that all Americans feel free to live wherever they choose. Despite the fact that housing discrimination has been prohibited for nearly fifty years, studies by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and other agencies show that minorities still encounter it often.

According to the Leadership Conference, only whites benefited from the housing programs created by these agencies: For example, to “assist” with lending decisions, the Federal Housing Authority prepared “neighborhood security 40 maps” that were based largely on the racial, ethnic, and economic status of residents. Indeed, a national trade association explicitly stated that minorities caused adverse influences upon a neighborhood. The American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers began using a ranking system that assessed risk based on the racial composition of the community, with English, Germans, Scotch, Irish, Scandinavians ranked at the top of the list and “Negroes” and “Mexicans” ranked at the bottom of the list.

When asked whether they thought race should be a factor in college admissions or whether students should be admitted solely on merit, 67 percent said merit, and 28 percent believed that race should also be considered. Interestingly, however, most participants said they support affirmative action programs. Although it seems contradictory, when asked whether they generally favor or oppose such programs for racial minorities, 58 percent said they were in favor of the programs and 37 percent opposed them.

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