This article was originally posted by Richard Liebrecht of the Edmonton Sun.
“A white person looking for an apartment to rent does not face similar challenges that an aboriginal person does,” said Coun. Amarjeet Sohi, explaining what is meant by the phrase white privilege.
But Ryan Hastman, the federal Conservative candidate for the Edmonton-Strathcona, said he’s concerned because the campaign’s focus on white people is too narrow.
“If we try to address these issues by singling out groups, it seems to be counterproductive,” said Hastman, who posted some of his concerns on Twitter.
The City of Edmonton and 13 Edmonton organizations – including the Edmonton Police Service, Alberta Human Rights Commission and Edmonton Catholic Schools – are behind the Racism-Free Edmonton campaign.
The campaign is focused on identifying and resolving institutional barriers faced by aboriginal people and other racial groups in Edmonton, according to a City of Edmonton release.
The campaign aims to have 30,000 Edmontonians sign a scroll committing to defeating racism locally.
On the campaign’s website, http://www.racismfreeedmonton.com, under the “What can you do to stop racism” heading, the first line reads “acknowledge your white privilege.”
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