Friday, January 13, 2012

CBC's the 8th Fire

So this week CBC premiered their new mini documentary series the "8th Fire" which, as Peter Mansbridge states, explores the current status of Aboriginal/Non-aboriginal relations in Canada and how to ameliorate them.

While still looking at the series with a critical eye, I think it could be considered as a good step forward with regards to breaking down communication barriers. 

Here is the youtube vid:

And if you want to check out Winnipeg's Most which the doc features;
It's sort of demonstration of nurture vs. nature...compared to a lot of rap though its not very derogatory. 

The only thing so far that has bothered me is that the members of the rap group are still involved in crime, two out of the three having gone to jail in the past year and Jon-C still being on probation and I feel like this could insinuate that criminals cannot express opinions or provide input because they are criminals. 

I do not in any way condone crime, but people are products of their environment as much as they are responsible for making their own choices

In the documentary one of the rappers, Brooklyn, talks to a cop who refers to him when speaking to other members of their community as "Brooklyn, the drug dealer". The cop's (sometimes understandable) frustrations aside, some may say this authority figure who is part of our society's structure is saying, that's all that you are. That's all you'll ever be. 

Some may say, yeah. Obviously he's a deliquent who can't change because hell, he's still going to jail. But let me ask those people, if as a child
- your community center was torn down
- your only role models were the older kids on the streets who's lives and parents have been severely affected by the residential schools, 
- and you did something wrong
- and from that point on cops would always call you a criminal

how would it affect you? Just imagine it.

Do you think you could still say they're just delinquents?   

I don't think binary opposition is the way to go. I think, personally, that we have to travel through the past and gain an understanding to reach a better future.

If you want to check out a book that really looks at this issue with a critical eye, try "In Search of Respect" by Philippe Bourgois (I had it as an anthro reading this year :p). 

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