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Lecture 7

Chapter 15 Lecture 7 - class and lecture notes- lect 25

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Lecture 25 o Contemporary Manifestations of Prejudice o All in all, Canada is not doing too badly in getting rid of institutional prejudice o Section 15 (1) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms has set clear standards for the unacceptability of institutional prejudice and discrimination and even homophobia is being fought on the basis of the charter o The issue is more complicated than that, however, because Section 15 (1) is followed by Section 15 (2) o Section 15 (2) of the Charter o Section 15 (2) of the Charter states: Subsection (1) doesnt not preclude any law, program or activity that has as its object the amelioration of conditions of disadvantaged individuals or groups including those that are disadvantaged because of race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, sex, age, or mental or physical disability o Except in situation where it can be traditional discrimination o It is ok to have law to improve conditions for them to participate properly in society o It sis ok to have laws that are generally know as affirmative action laws o Program that has the purpose to help a group to make them overcome obstacles o To undo past obstacles o Reverse discrimination? o Reverse discrimination is a term commonly used to refer to the discriminatory effects that the kinds of programs referred to in 15 (2) have upon individuals from non disadvantages groups o Thus, the term refers to discrimination against members of traditionally advantage groups at the hands of affirmative action and preferential policies o Lets look at an example from a letter to the editor of a newspaper (presented in class) Try to read b.w the lines Unfortunately women and white When they are only looking for men Is the author of the letter prejudiced? Going to favor men as opposed to women o People dont go around advertising their stereotypes o Where is it going on o Value pluralism o Looks a t situations where u have a certain policy
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