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Just asking…

September 26, 2016

I realize as a white male living almost all my life in North America (specifically Canada), I have very rarely experienced any discrimination nor encountered the prejudice others face. My privilege notwithstanding, and at the risk of being accused of racism, I offer the following questions relating to addiction, living location, and education.

  • If your grandfather was an alcoholic and died of liver disease, and your father was an alcoholic who died of liver disease, what would be a reasonable plan for you to follow in relation to alcohol consumption?
  • If your grandfather worked in the Sudbury nickel mines for 30 years but then got laid off when they closed, and your father worked in the mines for 3 years before they closed, would you plan to either get a job in the mines or remain living in Sudbury after you finish high school?
  • If your grandmother quit school after grade 6 in the Philippines and after giving birth to 4 children was seldom able to earn enough money to feed her family, and your mother quit school after grade 8 in the Philippines and after giving birth to three children was seldom able to earn enough to feed your family, even after immigrating to Canada, what would be the reasonable plan for you to follow in relation to quitting school?

I understand and agree systemic injustice happens and organizations need to take steps to restructure themselves to counter the defaults that have created unequal opportunities for some and against others. In asking these questions, I am simply suggesting as multiple individuals make choices, social change will occur more effectively and sustainably than any system can structure.

Just asking… please respond below:

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