Racism in Hockey

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Ryerson University

Racism in Canadian Hockey

Neil McGregor - 500 459 843
SOC 507- Race and Ethnicity in Canadian Society
Professor Christopher Powell
April 13th, 2016

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction......................................................................................................3

Evidence of Racism in Hockey
Minor Hockey.......................................................................................3
Professional Hockey.............................................................................6

Impacts of Racism in Hockey............................................................................8

Influencing
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First, the aggressor in this situation is only 15 years old. At 15 years old, the aggressor felt it both necessary and acceptable to violently attack another player. Moreover, the 15 year old victim subjected to the attack was incredibly damaged emotionally from the event. Secondly, the verbiage used is so violent which highlights the significance of racism in minor hockey. The nature of the sport evokes intense and sporadic emotions which encourages the oppressor to express their truest emotions. As a result, one can conclude that racism is deeply rooted within that player’s beliefs, and which is not exclusive to this incident.

The next example of racism in minor hockey involves parent’s involvement in the problem. “Parents yelled racial slurs and insults, including "Go home, Mohammed," at a referee on the ice” (CBC, 2015). This is a particularly disturbing incident which speaks volumes to the root of the problem. It is explained that parents have a very passionate belief and concern attached to preserving the segregation of the sport. Even the diversity of referees is a sensitive area to the existing culture. Furthermore, this incident speaks volumes to the acceptance and magnitude of racist behaviour demonstrated even by parents. In other words, parents are so outraged by the inclusion of visible minorities in the game that they cannot contain their racist thoughts to
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