While living in Toronto, going to bars, going to shows, walking around the streets – I see a lot of Indians in my everyday life. A lot of them are recent immigrants and new Canadians. A lot of them contribute to our society, economic state, as well as just give us friendship. I know that this is all anecdotal to a degree but I for one, am very supporting of anyone trying to do their best and make their lives better – without harming others. ESPECIALLY when I also find satisfaction from being around them (them being a general term for people, not in an “othering” way). So it saddens me to hear when I’m going to bars, going to shows, walking around the streets how open people are to racism against Indians who are new to Canada.
By the way, this article is about the open conversations I see online and in public regarding people’s anti-Indian stances. If you’ve never put these opinions out in the world before and you get upset about this article, you’re telling on yourself.
The problem that many people are having with our new Canadian friends is that they believe that there are too many of them and that they’re going to eventually take over the country and take away Canadian culture by replacing it with their own. To that I say, so be it. Realistically speaking, if Indians move into Canada and make it like India, then they are the majority and as a democracy, isn’t that the appropriate thing to do. Or are you not a fan of democracy? Besides, the last time “Indians” and cultural assimilation were a hot button topic in Canada – the powers that be were pretty happy about it.
And what’s the point of hating on the Indians who are moving to Canada looking for new opportunities at life. If you had an opportunity to move somewhere else where you feel like your life could be improved, would you not take that chance? And I understand, maybe it’s too many people too soon and maybe you’re scared about that but whose fault is it that the system is sloppily put together? Are you really going to just blame Indians for a competitive job market, high rental prices, and a shift in culture – when in reality, they’re only taking advantage of a system built by your own Canadians? All I’m saying is that it’s not their fault that the socio-economic and literal infrastructure of our cities can’t handle this influx of new people. Don’t hate the player, hate the game.
How about you get upset at the universities and colleges who value the tuition of an international student, more than the tuition of a domestic student? Is that an immigrants fault for being able to spend more money on schooling than a Canadian? Is it their fault that money is the most important thing in our capitalist society? Do you also not want to make more money, have the right to vote through democracy, improve your life if given the chance? Are we not going to pretend that moving to a new country, is not hard, and this is a risk and this opportunity at a new life is something that is earned. I don’t blame new Canadians for anything. They’re doing what they can do, to get a better shot at life through taking the steps that are available to them. You would do it too for a check.