Institutional Racism

Institutional racism historically in North America was often done by White or European colonists toward Indigenous and Black people.

Institutional Racism

An example of institutional racism done by the White colonial Canadian government would be the residential schools and the federal laws that compelled and forced Indigenous people to send their children to those schools.

However, interpersonal racism was and is still done by any person, community, and by any ethnic group toward a person with a differently outward appearing race.


With that said, in Canada, racist behaviour has been done by anyone of whatever race to anyone else of any visible differing race.

I can name a straight forward example:

I was in the parking lot that’s behind the Allin Clinic in downtown Edmonton, Alberta, and I was trying to pay for parking my car.

I was approached and asked for coined money (you know, change) by an Indigenous lady.

I said ‘No’ because 1) I actually had no coins, and 2) I don’t give money when asked in the parking lot and on any street in downtown Edmonton.

Across the parking lot, and on the sidewalk, an Indigenous man then yelled at me, saying, “This is her land, you stole this land from her. You don’t give her any money, but you stole this land from her.”

That man targeted me for my perceived race (European descent), and then made an interpersonal racist accusation against me because of my perceived ethnicity.

Interpersonal racist behaviour is the above personal story.

It’s done by Indigenous, Black and White Canadians to each other simply because, well, it’s what humans do to each other whenever humans want to be an “us” versus a “them”.

Anyway, in the 2010s, there have been several Indo-Canadian (South Asians) and Black Canadian students at the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, or working in the GTA of Toronto, who publicly insist that they cannot be racist towards White students.




But being blind toward your own unconscious bias and also in denial about your sectarian and segregated behaviour towards people of a light or White skin colour still makes you racist.

I like South Asians. I never avoid them. And why would I? I would be racist if I did.

Also, while at a university or college campus, I had never asked for a safe space and for public meetings to be created exclusively for visibly White or Caucasian students. If I did that I would be viewed by the students of colour as racist.

However, in the 2010s, there have been several Indo-Canadian students and Black students who believe and have repeatedly publicly insisted that perceptibly White students should be excluded from their safe spaces, and also from their public meetings simply because the White students are assumed to have never experienced racism, which is either interpersonal racism or systemic institutional racism.

White students have never been racialized.

Yeah right. My one personal story (and there is more) isn’t an experience of racism?

It’s not an experience of being racialized?

It’s only an experience of interpersonal racism?

Interpersonal racism is not racism when compared to institutional racism?

This interpersonal racism should be dismissed?

For certain, my interpersonal experience wasn’t an experience of systemic racism historically experienced by Indigenous, Black, South Asia and Asian Canadians.

Systemic Racism

I know it was never an experience of systemic racism.

But then again…



What’s the harmful irony?

The chapter of the Black Liberation Collective at the U of T wants systemic racism in place at the university, as free education, but to serve Indo-Canadian & Black students while excluding White students.

Another way put:

Implement systemic racism at a Canadian university and make it systemically favour students of colour by the opportunity of free post-secondary education for only them.

2 thoughts on “Institutional Racism

  1. Loved this. Institutionalized racism has been a brooding issue throughout the centuries of our patriarchal bureaucracy.

    Thank you for sharing! I love your content and I’m looking forward to reading your future posts.

    Come visit some time!

    💗, Mena from


  2. Hi, and thanks for commenting 🙂

    I did visit your blog and liked it.

    I would like to say I’m race aware and not race blind.

    I have to be aware because, well, I’m viewed as White (European descent), I’m living in Canada, and I’m also a Woman (biological, not transgender).

    I have experienced racism, but as interpersonal racist behaviour from someone who identified as Indigenous. I haven’t experienced systemic institutional racism, but I could have and had not understood it.

    Anyway, to me, I’ve observed that racism is done in behaviour by anyone of any race to a person or community that’s viewed as outwardly different. The difference is skin colour, features of the face like the nose and eyes, the clothing of the culture, the religion, etc.

    The basis for my belief in this is because every race is Human, and any human will be racist when they want to be an “us” versus “them”. The “them” is usually the people whose ancestors were oppressors (but they’re currently not).

    An example would be the Hutus and Tutsi in Rwanda. The Tutsi were viewed by colonial Belgians as being more European in outward appearance, in land ownership (and in wealth) while compared to the Hutu. Of course, both are African, but the perceived difference was used by the Belgians and the Tutsi to support systemic institutional racism that privileged the Tutsi.

    The colonial Belgians favoured the Tutsi systemically in government and education over the Hutus. That was a cause for the Hutu to resent and sometimes hate the Tutsi.

    So the Rwandan genocide happened.

    It was done by the Hutus against the Tutsi in 1994. The racist feelings and thoughts were put into action as murder and beyond reverse racism.

    Anyway, you know that and I wanted to describe how racism is reciprocated back and forth because of grievances that ancestors had experienced, and because of present day frustration & resentment.

    Or blah, blah :-).

    Anyway, thanks for your comment.


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