Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Quote: Canadian Apartheid

There is specific historical resonance in the concept of apartheid within Canada. Not only did Canadian immigration policy selectively encourage White settlement and prohibit immigration from racialized group members for many years, using a logic similar to that of the apartheid regime in South Africa, but also when the minority White South African regimes officially instituted the apartheid system of Bantustans or homelands for indigenous Africans, they looked to Canada's system of segregation of Aboriginal peoples and use of reserves to conceive the eventual model for their racist project. Further, while apartheid South Africa's use of domestic and migrant racialized labour was distinctive in the intensity of its exploitation, there are parallels to the historical exploitation of racialized labour in the Canadian labour market.

-- Grace-Edward Galabuzi

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