“Systemic” racism: Is the government of New Brunswick lucid or wise enough?

In its oddly named section called “Being black in Canada” (of course without an open readers’ comment section) we learn from the CBC the following about the province of New Brunswick:


The Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour says it will spend about $85,000 to create a team of researchers, including members of the New Brunswick Community College, the president of Black Lives Matter New Brunswick and two professionals.”

Furthermore, our Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister, Mr. Trevor Holder informs us of the following: “We know that systemic racism in New Brunswick is a significant issue and our government is committed to addressing it”.

So, here are some burning questions that Bambi can spontaneously think of now:

1. Why are we conducting a research study if we already know its conclusion?

2. It costs $85K just to create a team of “researchers? Isn’t this too expensive? Is it a good use of our public funds? Related to this, from where does this funding come from? As a non-expert citizen, Bambi is curious. Is she the only one?

3. Who is truly in charge of setting the research and societal agenda (report and recommendations, etc.) here: Mr. Martin (i.e. CEO of the BLM NB organization) or Mr. Holder (i.e. our majority government)?

According to Mr. Martin: “From every organization I’ve spoken with in regards to health and education, justice and social development, they are very [much] looking forward to these outcomes and being able to implement them and to begin dismantling systemic racism.”

4. One final question begs itself here and this brings Bambi back to her first question: What is “systemic racism”?

To conclude this post, a first logical step in a research process is to begin by defining a concept before looking at any metric related to it: What is? How do we measure it? What could be its so-called indicators, barriers, facilitators, etc. For instance, a cheaper alternative to this study could have been to have a scholar or teams of scholars conduct what we call a “concept analysis” on the meaning of this term to reach a clear or full consensus definition.

Another more constructive alternative approach (in the long-term at least…) could have been perhaps an approach similar to Québec…?


4 thoughts on ““Systemic” racism: Is the government of New Brunswick lucid or wise enough?”

  1. The whole concept of allowing BLM activists onto a government funded board is very concerning to me. I was recently corresponding with the Deputy Minister for Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour and I was thoroughly disappointed in his lack of willingness to stand up for the right to free expression in the province of New Brunswick.

    The fact that this ministry is placing people associated with Marxist terrorism on a team with college students that will end up in charge of race policy is really concerning to me but not at all surprising. There is nothing conservative about the current government despite their party affiliation.

  2. Another thoughtful query of this machinery powered by the usual suspects. I have been blogging about the concocted divide and conquer and have come to the conclusion there is endless funding for this ‘work’. Thanks for a being a voice of reason and common sense in this town. The young people are being carefully taught to hate and demoralized by this ‘racial justice’ which has apparently replaced ‘social justice’ as they racket up the rhetoric. The mere fact that Black Lives Matter NB gets so much media attention and is also able to employ a CEO has made this organization highly suspect. Perhaps people should learn to discern that the mainstream media is not necessarily doing any real journalism but merely a platform for infommercials – whether its selling us a vaxx or a mantra that whites have created systemic racism type of societies. Best to tune it all out.. but will people be able to do that? God bless you [Bambi]. Keep up the good works.

  3. Isn’t this ”Systemic Racism in New Brunswick” study done to support the advancement of Willie O’Ree as Canada’s version of Jackie Robinson?

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