Canada's game gets dirty by BWOnDD


									Canada's game gets dirty

Section: National
Time was, Canadians looked upon race-baiting in the U.S. South with a sense of bemused
pity, smug in our belief that such attitudes could never take root here. Today, we might
consider the following question: where in contemporary America would a fan think it
funny to throw a banana at a black athlete?

The hockey world was suitably revolted last week after someone did just that during an
NHL exhibition game in London, Ont., in a bid to rattle Philadelphia's Wayne Simmonds,
who was taking his turn in the shootout. "Disappointing," "despicable" and
"disheartening" were the labels chosen by former goaltender Kevin Weekes, who is black.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman insisted that the unidentified culprit "is in no way
representative of our fans."

Well, not all of them. Simmonds, who grew up in Scarborough, Ont., told reporters
afterwards that he'd experienced racism in the game before (ironically, he is alleged to
have used a homophobic slur in play five days later). Weekes himself was the target of a
banana-tossing incident in Montreal in 2002, while junior hockey crowds in Quebec have
been known to mock Aboriginal players with war whoops and bow-and-arrow mimes.

Short of stakes and mallets, there are few useful weapons against such stupidity. Even
hate crimes involving identifiable perpetrators are notoriously hard to prosecute. The best
posture may be that taken by Montreal defenceman P.K. Subban, a favourite among
Canadiens' faithful whose public image owes much to other African-American sports
stars. He was flummoxed a year and a half ago when a couple of fans wore blackface in a
misguided attempt to pay him homage. Then, as now, he chose to starve the story.
"Even talking about it, we're giving this person what he wants," Subban said of the
Simmonds incident. "The focus should be on hockey."

By Charlie Gillis

What Students Say About Bullying

Young people who have been bullied tell how educators and peers can help
What advice should we give to students who are bullied? What should adults and
concerned peers do to help? To get answers to these questions, we turned to the experts
-- students themselves.

How Can Peers Help?
We asked frequently bullied young people about a wide range of peer actions.
Respondents told us that peers who offered support and made themselves allies
(spending time with the bullied students, listening to them, helping them get away from
the bullies, giving them advice, and helping them tell an adult) were of more help than
were peers who directly confronted the bullies. (See "What Did Your Peers Do That
Helped You Most?" for a sampling of comments.)

Our survey responses indicate that when young people feel included by their peers, they
are less likely to be hurt by bullying. This finding suggests that bystanders do not have to
"stand up" to bullies to help; instead, small, quiet actions of support, such as calling the
bullied student at home to encourage him or her, can also be effective. Thus, we should
teach young people that when they become aware of peer mistreatment, there are many
ways to initiate positive action.
About 9,000 quiet heroes in our survey group told us about ways they had helped their
mistreated or excluded peers. We asked them what they did and what happened next.
It's clear from their answers that they saw that their actions made a difference. Here are
a few examples:

When I was in class with someone who didn't have a lot of friends, I was partners with
her even though I would rather have been partners with someone else. She looked happy
that someone asked her to be partners.

A friend was being picked on and I am not the bravest person in the world, so after the
bully left I came up to my friend and said, "Are you OK? Is there anything I can do?" She
said "Oh, it's OK. I don't let people being jerks put my life to a stop." We grabbed our
bags and went to the buses, and we were just talking like nothing ever happened.

Once there was this girl, and no one really liked her, and I felt really bad for her because
she was sitting all alone. So I went over there and sat down with her. and we talked.
When my friends saw me they came over and asked me what I was doing, and I told
them I was hanging out with my new friend. After a few days of hanging out with her, I
came out one day and there were a lot of new kids with her, so I was pretty pleased to
see that. I guess knowing that I helped her get a lot of really cool friends made me feel
good about myself.

Jeremy Lin
Section: T/100
The dreamers' Most Valuable Player

Jeremy Lin's story is a great lesson for kids everywhere because it debunks and defangs
so many of the prejudices and stereotypes that unfairly hold children back. He's
dispelled the idea that Asian-American guards somehow couldn't hack it in the NBA--and
that being a world-class athlete on the court is somehow at odds with being an excellent
student off the court.

Contrary to what you might read, Jeremy, 23, is no overnight sensation. In fact, he
achieved success the old-fashioned way: he earned it. He worked hard and stayed
humble. He lives the right way; he plays the right way.

It's great to see good values rewarded in professional sports because that's not always
the case. Often it's the bling, the glam, the individual that gets celebrated-- not the team
and working together to advance a goal bigger than oneself. Jeremy cares only about one
thing--winning. And I don't care whether you are an Asian-American kid, white, black or
Hispanic, Jeremy's story tells you that if you show grit, discipline and integrity, you too
can get an opportunity to overcome the odds.

By Arne Duncan

Duncan is the U.S. Secretary of Education

Gay-straight alliances in schools offer students a sympathetic group of peers and
supervising adults who will support them. These groups should be in every high school,
says Karen Ferguson, owner of a gay club in Cambridge.
"Beliefs aside, you need to protect the children of this world without prejudice,'' she said.
Ferguson, who runs the club Sizzle in downtown Galt, applauds Catholic school trustee
Anthony Piscitelli and his move to introduce a motion at a board meeting Monday night
asking his fellow trustees to allow for gay-straight alliances in Catholic schools. Piscitelli
said as Catholics, it's morally right to support all students and that includes students who
identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT).
A document called Respecting Difference, which written in January by the Ontario
Catholic School Trustees' Association, says "peer counselling" in groups discussing gender
identity and sexual attraction is inappropriate and should not be done in a student-led
group. The document says "persons of homosexual inclinations first and foremost are
human beings created by God and worthy of respect" and suggests students of "same-
sex attraction" as well as heterosexual youth should practise chastity.
Trustee Rev. Robert H?tu said he'll speak about the issue at the Monday's meeting. He
said he's been asked by the board chair to not speak publicly until that meeting.
Ferguson said many of the gay youth have nowhere to go and some get little support at
home or in their community. "It's tough growing up being gay, to be accepted to begin
with,'' she said. Ferguson said the gay-straight alliance groups give students a support
system they can count on. "All kids should have a safe place within their school,'' she
said. "We really need to think about the kids and their welfare.''
Charmaine Ramkalawan, owner of Little Bean Coffee Bar in downtown Kitchener, said gay
groups are a positive place for students where they need not be afraid.
Ramkalawan, who was born and raised in Kitchener, attended Catholic schools, including
St. Mary's High School. She didn't publicly identify as lesbian until after high school.
"It was a faux pas to be gay,'' she said.
The Sizzle club is putting on a production of the Laramie Project - 10 Years Later, story
about a 21-year-old University of Wyoming student who was severely beaten and left to
die tied to a fence because he was gay.
Judith Lodi, an actor in the play and activist, said LBGT youth face discrimination, verbal
harassment and physical assault because of their sexual orientation.
"Our LBGT youth are dying at alarming rates,'' she said. "They are bullied in high schools
and receive hate messages on their cellphones.''
The constant oppression will dramatically affect them as adults, she said. That's why it's
imperative to allow for gay-straight alliance groups in schools, she said.
Hoods Up

SANFORD, Fla. -- Protesters across the country have been wearing hoodies in a show of
solidarity with Trayvon Martin. On February 26, 17-year-old Trayvon was shot dead on
his way home from a store in San-ford. Police know who killed the unarmed hoodie-
wearing teen but have not arrested him. George Zimmerman, 28, a neighborhood watch
volunteer, said he thought Trayvon looked suspicious, so he called the police and
followed the teen. What happened next is unclear. According to Zimmerman, who is a
white Latino, Trayvon attacked him, and he shot in self-defense. Trayvon's family and
others, however, question his story and say the only reason Zimmerman went after
Trayvon was because he was black. The slaying has sparked national debate, outrage,
and protest. At issue are charges of racial profiling (discriminating and targeting
someone based on race) and a Florida law called Stand Your Ground. The law allows a
person to use deadly force if he or she feels seriously threatened. Police say the law
prohibited them from arresting Zimmerman. Protesters are calling for Zimmerman's
arrest and a change to the law. U.S. President Barack Obama has asked for a civil rights

At A Glance
Football: Dungy questions lack of black coaches at college level

NEW YORK - Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy called the dearth of minority head
coaches in major college football "disgraceful." Dungy became the first black coach to win
a Super Bowl in 2007 with the Indianapolis Colts. Now an analyst with NBC's pre-game
show, Dungy said on the program Sunday night that minority coaches believe they have
more opportunity for advancement in the pros than in college. Of the 120 Football Bowl
Subdivision coaches this season, just nine are minorities - and only Miami's Randy
Shannon is at a BCS school. Seven of the 32 coaches in the NFL are black, including Bills
interim coach Perry Fewell. Asked whether the situation in the college game represents
institutionalized racism, Dungy said, "The numbers would tell you that it is." After the
2006 season, Dungy recommended then-Vikings defensive co-ordinator Mike Tomlin for
the head coaching position at a BCS school. Tomlin didn't get an interview. A month later,
the Steelers hired him as their head coach, and within two years he led them to a Super
Bowl win. "That's the difference between the NCAA and the NFL right now," Dungy said.
Dungy met last month with NCAA officials and has offered his help on the issue. He called
on school presidents to reverse the trend

After reading the above article answer the following questions on a separate piece of loose
leaf paper:

   1. What are some ways minorities have been excluded from Canadian society?

   2. Name calling and other racial insults are damaging. What action should you take if you
      are subjected to such insults? What actions should you take if you witness someone else
      being insulted?

   3. What do you think a stereotype is? What is upsetting about a stereotype?

   4. What do the terms “prejudice” and “discrimination” mean to you? Is it always wrong to

   5. What do you think “institutionalized racism” is? Can you think of any examples?
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