Many Unitarians hold to a Canadian ethos on race that continues to characterize our nation as a meritorious society which is openly accepting of black people. Within this ethos is the view that the lack of opportunities and reduced quality of life for blacks is due to individual failings or lack of compatibility with Canadian culture and tradition. That ethos makes historical omission and exclusion of blacks necessary in order to create the illusion of harmony for those who want to define Canada as a white, just, non-racist nation. The ethos serves to under play our racialised past and stands in conflict with UUs’ Second Principle: justice, equity, and compassion in human relations. This talk is based on early records of Canadian slavery and is
presented as an assault on the racial tenement of the Canadian ethos.
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