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  1. not a u of c applicant but suspect they are all pretty similar. I made a point to answer every question possible from an Aboriginal perspective. If you are applying under the Ab category then I think it's important to make some reference to your culture and roots. Even if you are completely alienated from your culture then talk about which profs and courses you plan to take that will help you reconnect. If your connections to your community are so thin that it is obvious that you're stretching then of course you should avoid talking too much about it. Ad comms are people and I suspect have seen it all...and will probably see right through poor attempts to reference one's culture and community. Once you start to think about your position and reflect on your life and reasons for law school you will be surprised at how it starts to flow. Are you form the area? are you from a local Ab group? If so touch on that, how geography is important to you since so much of our culture is related to land and space. If you aren't form the area...maybe don't mention that point Sometimes things that aren't obviously related to your roots are in fact directly related, and you have to show that in your PS.
  2. Definitely agree, this was my point to Sara initially, struggle comes in all shapes and sizes and we should focus on commonality rather than who is more entitled to cry poor me. No worries- it didn't come off that way. I understood what you were saying, but thought you were displaying the classic "I know one happy Aboriginal so the rest of them must be lazy" mentality, albeit in a more subtle form. A poor assumption on my part. I sure wouldn't call you racist based on that post! In fact if that's you after a few drinks on a Friday night...I've gotta up my game before I start school! This is so common it's unbelievable. I still have people in my family refusing their heritage (which is ridiculous to the nth degree if you only saw some of the people denying their heritage!) In fact friends of mine say that their parents called themselves "black Irishmen" as a description of their background. What's even weirder is that people bought this...but sad that it came to that. No question, gay people have it rough and what you write here is despicable. To speak to your earlier point though, there is definitely commonality among gay people, Aboriginals, Black Americans, women's rights etc etc. It's a dangerous game to talk about who had it worse. It is however important for marginalized people to find common ground and connect to make positive changes.
  3. Agreed. In fact I said as much. The suffering of one group doesn't discount the suffering of another, nor does it mean that their suffering is less, or has less of an impact. Not all Aboriginal people feel the same descrimination, not all gay people do either- that's not reall an argument. Malcolm X made a great argument about how those slaves who were allowed into the house (I am deliberately avoiding the term he used) didn't have it as bad and slave masters often used this to say that slavery wasn't so bad. Hell slaves even fought for the south in the civil war! Anyway the point is, even in systemic racism some people don't experience the discrimination in any way, but there's no coincidence that Aboriginal people make up a tiny percentage of the total population but a large percentage of the prison, suicide, illiteracy, dug, abuse etc rate. Could it be related to an entire generation (My parent's generation as it turns out) being sent to residential schools? maybe. The AIDS situation is awful and more akin to our issues with TB, poisonous water, mercury laden fish and a few other things and not quite the same as your government inviting you to die in preparation for an epidemic. The government has never "pretty much cast a death sentence" they did outright in our history...as they did in yours, or at least made it illegal. Careful with your choice of words and have a long (and boring) read of the Indian act. Did your friends family "decide" in a free way that they would become white? I don't think so. When it's illegal to practice your religion, your way of life, visit your elders, your parents or grandparents are stolen and sent to residential schools, and depending on who and how you marry or vote- you lose your status. This is actually called genocide and fitting in is a survival technique, not a choice in the true sense of that word. If in 25 years form now a few hundred Tibetans speak chinese, act chinese, look chinese and fit in perfectly with chinese culture is the discrimination still there? Does that forgive the recent atrocities? I don't think so. Surviving genocide means hiding or blending in and most families chose to blend in and became horribly ashamed of their culture. That isn't a choice to fit in. But maybe the people you knew were genuinely given the choice between two ways of life and openly and freely chose the majority culture's lifestyle. Even so, gay people would have the same experience if they just chose to be straight, look straight, act straight, live in straight neighborhoods etc. The rest of us could point to the group and say "see no discrimination because of these 3 or 4 gay people that I know" +1 Agreed, and as I said once you are part of dominant culture you are never a minority. A slave owner was the "minority" on his plantation, as were the white people in Apartheid, and as are white people now on the planet. If you hold the power you are not in the minority, even if it feels like you are. That fear a white person feels in a black neighborhood by themselves at night is the same fear other true minorities feel...but they can't go home to their comfy place in dominant culture with laws that protect their wealth, education, language etc. they are stuck in that nightmare all the time.
  4. I agree with the spirit of your e-mail and agree with your conclusions. The ne thing I will say is that a white person is ALWAYS part of dominant culture and so never a minority, so long as you understand majority/minority in terms of balance of power. Let's face it, white people are the minority on this planet but that doesn't mean anything. That's exactly the point, a white person doesn't have to feel uncomfortable in the same way that a LGBT person, african, native etc feels. That aside, your right. We need to push ourselves. My wife who is "of colour" actually uses opportunities where people are using racial slurs or are overtly racist as a chance to prove that the individual in quesiton is wrong. She sees racism as a chance to change peoples views. I don't use the same approach, but she lives a happy life and has managed to change some people, so maybe there is something in that.
  5. Man if this is sarcasm you suck. If not then...crap you are a big person! (no sarcasm for real). PS apologizing for the way I took something isn't a real apology. But I suppose to split hairs like that is a real DB thing to do. Don't take it personally, every thread ends like this. In fact I had my A%$ handed to me recently probably by those posting on this thread.
  6. alright here's my message: I got into law school. By the way- classic move ignoring everything I said. Very classy and courageous.
  7. Glad someone caught the joke buried in my self righteous rant
  8. Then why are you showing off on a thread about prospective law students? This very statement is nothing more than you showing off. And unless you're a lawyer, you don't have litigation experience....come on. In your "litigation experience" have you noticed how lawyers focus on the meanings of maybe 1 or 2 words? And then use those words as a weapon? I suppose then that you agree that the way people are treating you now is perfectly in line with how lawyers should act. If you are struggling this much talking on a message board, how are you going to handle it when people do this in person? When a judge or prof lays you out in front of everyone? Again, you are welcome to stop responding any time, you've already said that you've lost interest...why are you still here? Although I should say this has been incredibly amusing. And to think I started as your ally and was about to defend you and your position until your crap about "you do not know discrimination unless you're gay." I'm Aboriginal and we can write the book on discrimination. Are gay people suffering from 3rd world levels of poverty in Canada, 3rd world levels of disease, illiteracy, malnutrition? Did gay people get sent body bags by the Canadian government as a way of coping with the swine flu? Are gay people immediately known to be gay the second they walk into a room because of how they look? And if they are known by the way they dress or some symbol, that symbol can be removed...but Aboriginal sure can't remove what gives them away. You may not want to have to hide your gayness- but I wish sometimes we could hide our "Indianess" if only for long enough to get a job interview or not have the person you are meeting instantly create a story in their heads about you. People are uncomfortable with difference. get used to it and get over it. Your thoughts are closed minded at best, outright racist at worst. None of what I said discounts the struggle of LGBT people, and I would never say as much...that would be idiotic and would show the same thinking as those who hate or oppress. It also doesn't discount the struggle that white kids experience in the suburbs. Life is tough, why would you want to push away those who agree with you and sympathize with your struggle- even if they haven't struggled themselves? So no, you aint seen nothing yet if you are this quickly offended. People will continue to hate you because you are gay, while others won't...that's life. And you don't know a damn thing about struggle compared to some, but know a whole lot compared to others. If others can be discounted so easily, then so can you...and so can I for that matter. There are always people who are worse off, it's what you do with what you have that defines you...not your struggle. So either stop posting, or grow up and apologize and accept that everyone here has a perspective, and that perspective is valuable (unless they are trolls of course).
  9. Wait til you start law school...you aint seen nothing yet. Take your closed minded views elsewhere...the law students and potential lawyers on this forum are simply too open minded to accept your narrow worldview. PS no one is making you post. If you don't like it, just stop, or go somewhere else. Why do you keep subjecting yourself to this if you don't like it?
  10. +1 although I will say that being straight doesnt make someone less able to understand what it's like to be alone or a minority. I'm a member of one of the most oppressed groups in Canada and although I am married to a woman I would say that my background makes me more able to relate to the OP rather than making me part of the "straight masses" who don't know what it's like.
  11. lol...in this midst of a porn watching Buddha. love it!
  12. I couldn't disagree more with you. My sexual orientation has nothing to do with my personal identity. Wait, let me guess, I think that because I'm in the majority? Now that's an ignorant assumption. Are you saying that sexuality and personal identity are not connected, or that you have somehow transcended this very real fact of being human? If it's the former...you're wrong. If it's the latter...then you're a Buddha or some supreme being. Gay or straight sexuality shapes who we are in a very basic and fundamental way. Although I don't see what any of this has to do with the OPs quesiton about which schools he would feel comfortable attending.
  13. Well said. When you're armed tot he teeth with the weapons of race, class, gender etc. the tendency is not to see such things about one's patterns of thought. This brings up a point I wanted to make earlier. I don't really know which schools are gay friendly based on their administration- surely all of them have anti descrimination laws and bylaws. It's the student body that makes the school and the field of study. Maybe law is one of those fields that is less accepting, maybe not. Friends at UofT said they included a 3rd gender on their applications for residency...if that was the result of demand then I would say UofT is a pretty open scholl. Whether or not their law program follows suit, I don't know.
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