Here are two recent proofs that Vancouver is prejudice and perhaps even racist.
In late 2018 the CEO of Mountain Equipment Coop finally came out and published
AN OPEN LETTER TO MOUNTAIN EQUIPMENT COOP MEMBERS FROM CEO DAVID LABISTOUR
|Do white people dominate the outdoors?|
|Let that question sink in for a moment. If you consider every advertisement you’ve ever seen for skiing, hiking, climbing and camping, you might think that’s the case. It isn’t true at all, and it’s part of a bigger problem. White athletes hold the spotlight in advertising, while the diversity that exists and continues to grow in outdoor spaces isn’t represented in the images we produce and promote. The truth is that we haven’t represented the diversity of Canadians or of our 5 million members.|
|We’ve let our members down.|
|We can’t move forward until we acknowledge our past. Historically, the models we’ve used in our catalogues and campaigns and on mec.ca have been predominantly white. And this imagery has perpetuated the vastly incorrect notion that people of colour in Canada don’t ski, hike, climb or camp. This letter is about recognizing the role we’ve played in underrepresenting people of colour in the outdoors, and committing to change. It’s not OK.|
|As CEO of MEC, I promise that moving forward, we will make sure we’re inspiring and representing the diverse community that already exists in the outdoors.|
|This initiative isn’t about patting ourselves on the back. It’s also not about me, another straight white male with a voice in the outdoor industry. This is a conscious decision to change, and to challenge our industry partners to do the same. We know we’ve been part of the problem, and we’re committed to learning from our mistakes and changing the way we represent the outdoor community.|
|Outside is for everyone. It’s time we acted like it.
Below is the MAYOR OF VANCOUVER apologizing to middle-eastern men for being called terrorists.
Unfortunately many Vancouver residents share a prejudice against Middle-Eastern man. Recently Vancouver has been marked with a shameful prejudice of middle-eastern men. For instance– in 2017, when a few middle-eastern men took a few pictures of the main shopping mall, all of a sudden, they were in the NEWS and suspected of being terrorists.
The good news is that when the middle-eastern men defended themselves and proved they were just shopping. They also went public (like we are doing now). That then caused or forced the mayor of Vancouver to publicly apologize.
Then it got into the local news. The middle-eastern men in that incident could have sued, however accepted the apology the city.