Being Black in Canada Book Review by JPWrite

Being Black in Canada
A critical review of the book "A Place Called Heaven: The Meaning of Being Black in Canada" by Cecil Foster.
# 66029 | 1,556 words | 0 sources | 2006 | US
Published on May 27, 2006 in African-American Studies (Racism) , Literature (Canadian)

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The paper critiques Foster's "A Place Called Heaven: The Meaning of Being Black in Canada". The writer analyzes Foster's evidence for racist attitudes in Canadian government and society and finds them anecdotal, rather than objective. The paper cites numerous examples from the book that can be subjected to a "chicken and egg" argument of which is the cause and which is the effect. The writer concludes that if blacks in Canada don't want to feel like outcasts, they must join with mainstream culture rather than expect mainstream culture to become black.

From the Paper:

"The problem with anecdotes is that the interpretation of the facts is always subjective. For instance, one could listen to someone describe the shooting at Columbine and conclude that the shooter was a cold-blooded psychopath, a helpless victim of an uncaring society, a tragic hero who finally stood up for himself, or some combination of all of these. None of the interpretations is particularly wrong - they merely depend on how one defines certain words and what set of values one brings to the table."

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