George Rzack Analysis

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According to Razack (2000), George became a scapegoat for the ongoing colonial policy that resulted in her degradation, shame, and humiliation. Razack argues that “a spatial analysis reveals that bodies in degenerate space lose their entitlement to personhood through a complex process in which that is enacted is naturalized” (155). She uses the metaphor of spatial analysis to assert that George was merely a body waiting to be violated in the space of Canadian social, legal and political life. Sara Ahmed (2010) in her chapter, Melancholic migrants, claims that the melancholic migrant, which one can say George was, holds on to the unhappy objects of differences. Meaning, In order to achieve the happiness one must learn the social norms and customs…show more content…
This amounted to nothing short of a form of colonial violence that instrumentalized legally her subjugation and humiliation. As such, one can see the role of white male dominance percolating within her case, almost as if this was the underlying theoretical model of the entire Canadian legal system itself. Accordingly, one can say that George death brought about intense humiliation and shame and that her colonized body has since come to symbolize the legal justification for ongoing colonial policy and discourse within the Canadian legal system. That she was a mother, daughter, a friend, and a human being was different took into account. The fact that the court centered upon treating her and engaging in a full blown character assault is emblematic of ongoing colonial legacies and histories that have impacted how the legal systems treat women to this very day. This also signifies the ongoing processes of discrimination that the courts allow. In analyzing this case both on the admissions of guilt and comments by the presiding justice, the legal frameworks and theoretical considerations that the Canadian justice system remains mired in colonial policy seems entirely
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