According to NBC News, a man who alleged in a lawsuit that he was fired from a hospital system because he is a white man has been awarded a $10 million verdict by a North Carolina jury.
Duvall said in the suit that he was “terminated without cause as part of an intentional campaign to promote diversity in its management ranks, and that he was fired due to his sex and race.”
A web search delivers just one example of this story being published by Canadian media. CBC, CTV, Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, National Post deliver nothing. We hereby speak of an unprecedented legal case with significant social ramifications. In other words, a potential game-changer.
The case is worthy of major exposure within mainstream media. The fact that it took place in the USA is no excuse. Ground-breaking civil rights lawsuits have for 50-years been on the front lines of media exposure. The struggle for social equality is a cornerstone of our society. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms has existed as a pillar of social justice from the time of its creation in 1982.
In recent years, anti-Chinese racism, “Islamophobia,” anti-LGBT prejudice and misogyny are positioned by government as the most relevant social issues of our time. All the “big players” have indulged– Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, multicultural organizations, LGBT non-profits, and immigration advocates.
Now comes a legal case which turns the affair upside-down. In the United States, a caucasian man has found success in an area thus far exclusive to “racialized” communities.
No wonder Canadian media have all-but hidden this away. Here’s a secret seldom expressed within the realm of social justice: two can play at the “race-card” game.
The Charter of Rights and Freedoms is not ethnically exclusive. Nowhere within its language does it state that “non-racialized”(awful government term) cannot utilize its legal precedents.
It’s just that up until the past decade, there was little need to do so. This has changed. Nothing has stimulated the need more than the arrival of Justin Trudeau as prime minister. Suddenly, Anglophones transitioned to the whipping post of society. Our communities are racists and bigots. We hate homosexuals and Indigenous people, say the “big three” of society– government, media and academia.
Based on the vehemence of our Multicultural Industry, “Old Stock” Canadians may need Charter Rights to maintain social equality as the decades pass. In this dynamic we discover an element of our “progressive” society yet to be properly understood.
We too can fight for identifiable community rights. The Charter is available to us. Extent to which this has been part of media discourse? Nothing. Degree to which Canadian academia articulate the concept? It doesn’t exist.
No wonder a $10 Million Dollar anti-caucasian lawsuit victory in the United States is being suppressed. Controlling institutions do not want Canadians thinking along these lines. Heaven forbid it serves as a catalyst for a ground-breaking social movement.
How “progressive” it would be. Like all social movements of this nature, obstacles stand in the way. Nothing more so than the idea that government, media and academia will never have an interest in advancing this form of social equality.
— Brad Salzberg, CAP Founder(Est. 2016)