By Paul Fromm -- There is nothing more quintessentially Canadian than hockey. It used to symbolize our national characteristic - competitive, sportsmanlike, outdoors and achievement oriented.
Now, even hockey has fallen prey to multiculturalism and anti-White guiltmongering. Seems there's a problem and the multiculturalism tub-thumping Toronto Star knows the answer: Canadian hockey is racist!
Please prepare your vomit bag before reading – “Nearly half the population of the GTA is foreign born, which is raising differing views on how effectively Canada's iconic sport has tried to encourage newcomers to play hockey. Toronto's east end is home to many new arrivals from China and the Philippines and where in 2005 the 51-year-old Wexford house league folded, largely from a lack of interest. Another league, the Scarborough Hockey Association, is also on shaky ground with dwindling enrolment. This poses a question: If hockey is critical to the Canadian identity, then why aren't young boys and girls being aggressively recruited to fill empty teams?
Ken Jeffers, manager of access and diversity for the city of Toronto's forestry, parks and rec department, says it's because hockey has a history of exclusion and hasn't acknowledged the demographic shift from white middle class to multicultural over the past decades.
'But it's the very sport that through its own structure and through racism as well, where you don't bring kids of colour into the sport and they are just left on the outside (and) you have alienation,'" says Jeffers. (Toronto Star, Dec 08, 2007)
Can you just imagine a hockey coach for pee-wees announcing to a would-be Chinese or Jamaican hockey player: “No coloured kids allowed on this team?” Come on, in our oh-so-politically correct world? It just wouldn’t happen!
Inadvertently, the Star provides a more realistic answer to the reason for the decline of hockey in heavily Third World Scarborough (Chinese, Tamils, Jamaicans, some East Indians): “GTA is foreign born.” The newcomers hail from lands where hockey isn’t played. Their national sport is soccer, or, for some, cricket. That’s their culture and likely their aptitudes lie in those sports. Add to that Canada’s poisonous policy of multiculturalism which, instead of telling newcomers to adopt Canadian ways, Canadian sports, and to fit in, urges them to keep their ways and to keep their culture.
Given the doctrine and practice of multicult, why should a Jamaican kid want to play hockey.
If there’s any evidence of “exclusion” it’s that people from radically different sports cultures choose to exclude themselves from traditional Canadian sports.
There’s another consideration. Hockey is now expensive – pads, skates, stick, helmet, uniform, league fees, ice time – all are very costly. Many Third World immigrants are doing far less well than Europeans who came to Canada in the 40s, 50s, and 60s. Lack of English and poor job skills mean many Third Worlders like in public housing or distinctly at the low end of the economic scale. Hockey for little Teehsawn or Ragbir or Mohammed may well be out of their price range. Once again, is that our fault.
This story hits me rather hard. In the late ‘50s for a season or two I played for the Scarborough Hockey Association. It’s sad to see the old neighbourhood of Anglo-Saxon and European kids increasingly overrun by Third Worlders who have little interest in hockey. What is so galling is that Canadians were never asked whether we wanted our population and culture changed.
Change the population, you change the culture. The decline of hockey in Scarborough? Despite the ravings of the Toronto Star, it’s not racism or exclusion: It’s massive immigration and multiculturalism, stupid.