of White Supremacy
at Western, You Say?
sighting of literature on Western's campus from
the Heritage Front, a white, Euro-Canadian supremacist
group, has left many questions unanswered:
Why Western? Why London? Why now?
Front openly denounces immigration laws that would
allow for non-white Europeans to enter into Canada.
The Heritage Front calls for the preservation
of the dominant white Euro-Canadian culture, and
for the repeal of laws that permit "reverse
discrimination" against this group.
would the Heritage Front be looking for allies
and/or new members at Western?
on hate groups operating in Canada and other parts
of the world suggest that most members are young
white men between the ages of 16 to 24.
Western's population is still predominantly made
up of white people. The current political climate
in London is less tolerant of marginalized groups
than in the past (e.g. the controversy around
the re-election of mayor Diane Haskett).
Further, the current provincial Conservative government
has attempted to disempower union groups, has
revoked the employment equity act, has reduced
funding to shelters for abused women and for affordable
housing, and has cut benefits to poor and disadvantaged
groups -- and according to the last election results,
this government was well endorsed in London.
yourself if this is an issue by asking:
what right does any group have to exclude membership
in this country based on skin colour and cultural
Is this about freedom of speech or about the oppression
of non-white, Euro-Canadian groups?
Given the increase in representation on Western's
campus from women, gays, lesbians, bisexuals and
transgendered groups, people of colour, and people
with disabilities, who
benefits from the status quo and is this still
acceptable in a campus as diverse as Western?