Racism


A 23-year-old Indian American is making a name for himself among the immigrant community by campaigning against discrimination and racism. It was after 9/11 that Prateek Sampat began hearing about Pakistani Americans who were deported en masse. Sampat also works with the Non-Military Alternative Project, which targets high school students to impress upon them that military service is not the only way to finance an education.

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A dogfight between Indo-Canadian veterinarians and the organization that enforces standards of practice for all vets in British Columbia ended up on the steps of the legislature Wednesday. A protest spokesman said the veterinary association is targeting the Indo-Canadian vets because they charge lower service fees than their counterparts. The Indo-Canadian vets practise primarily in suburban communities east of Vancouver where their clients are mostly Indo-Canadian.

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Just two years after a white teenager assaulted an elderly Indo-Canadian man (73-year-old Baghel Randhawa) in Delta and a white teenager and a mixed race teenager brutally attacked and killed two Indo-Canadians (Mewa Singh Bains, 82, and Shingara Singh Thandi, 76) in two separate assaults in Surrey’s Bear Creek Park, four white teenagers in Abbotsford on Tuesday (May 29) hurled racial slurs and stones at an elderly Indo-Canadian couple, injuring the woman.

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The 1907 Provincial Elections Amendment Act stated that no “Chinaman”, “Japanese”, “Hindu”, or “Indian” shall have his name placed on the register of voters for any electoral district, or be entitled to vote in any election. Hindu described any native of India not born of Anglo-Saxon parents. Earlier, the B.C. legislature had disenfranchised people of Chinese in 1872, and those of Japanese descent in 1895. These groups finally got the right to vote in 1947.

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During his eight-year reign of terror, Idi Amin killed more than 400,000 Ugandans, including members of his own Cabinet. But it was the expulsion of some 70,000 Asians, more than half of whom held British passports, in 1972, that gained the world’s attention, and led to international condemnation of the Ugandan leader. Similarly, it was the recent lynching of an Asian trader, Deval Rawal, that made headlines around the world, not the fact he was one of three casualties (the other two were Ugandan Africans, who were shot dead by police) of an environmental protest gone wrong.

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A California judge has ordered a fitness centre to pay damages to a Sikh man after the firm denied him a job on religious and ethnic grounds. During the course of the interview Dhaliwal, who was born and raised in California, was asked about his religious and ethnic background and later denied the job. “He was basically asked where he was born, where his parents were born, what religion he subscribed to and whether he was a Muslim,” said US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) programme analyst Linda Li.

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SURREY – The Surrey soccer world is in an uproar following complaints from some Indo-Canadian parents and coaches of discrimination by soccer officials. Although the mediator is expected to report in coming days, a complaint appears headed to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal. “It’s systemic discrimination. It’s not overt. These people are threatened by the Indo-Canadian community becoming more and more involved,” said Sukhi Sandhu, a coach and parent who is at the heart of the issue and has raised concerns about discrimination previously.

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