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By Constance Backhouse

Historically Canadians have thought of themselves to be roughly freed from racial prejudice. even if this perception has been challenged lately, it has no longer been thoroughly dispelled. In Colour-Coded, Constance Backhouse illustrates the tenacious carry that white supremacy had on our criminal process within the first 1/2 this century, and underscores the harmful legacy of inequality that keeps today.

Backhouse provides distinct narratives of six proceedings, every one giving proof of blatant racism created and enforced via legislation. The instances specialize in Aboriginal, Inuit, Chinese-Canadian, and African-Canadian contributors, taking us from the felony prosecution of conventional Aboriginal dance to the trial of participants of the 'Ku Klux Klan of Kanada.' From hundreds of thousands of chances, Backhouse has chosen reports that represent relevant moments within the criminal background of race in Canada. Her choice additionally considers quite a lot of felony boards, together with administrative rulings through municipal councils, legal trials ahead of police magistrates, and felony and civil instances heard through the top courts within the provinces and by way of the ideal courtroom of Canada.

The vast and distinctive documentation offered the following leaves without doubt that the Canadian felony procedure performed a dominant function in growing and conserving racial discrimination. A crucial message of this ebook is that racism is deeply embedded in Canadian background regardless of Canada's recognition as a raceless society.

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