When my parents came as immigrants from Poland in 1949 to Canada, my father was spit on and called names. Everyday, his co-workers told him to "GO HOME FOREIGNER" and would even try to urinate on him. It really hurt him so much that he had a nervous breakdown. He never liked living here Olga and he really did die of a broken heart. He was a school teacher in Poland but b/c he did not know the English language, when they came here to Canada and my parents were too poor to go back to school at that time, my father was made to feel like a bum, a nobody who never got one ounce of respect! My parents bc they were "foreigners" from Poland could not even get a job washing dishes. My father did get a job in construction but it barley paid for the food. My mothers hair all fell out from hunger as she would lie to my dad who was working in construction that she ate that day, when in fact she didn't. Hate is such a horrific thing! My mother was 8 months pregnant and was pushed while she was on a subway in Toronto and told to go back where she came from. She fell to the ground and lost her 8 month baby boy. He could not be saved in those days. I often say, we have so much to learn from the animals, especially dogs b/c their love for us is unconditional. And Humans have not evolved enough as yet to be able to love other humans unconditionally. Sad.......very sad Olga😢😢.......Susan
For a nation built on a foundation of indentured servitude of People of Eastern Europe, and Western domination, painting Slavs as “White” or “Privileged White” is of no small import. Despite the fact that this country was built on the backs of indentured servants from Eastern Europe, we remain socially and politically marginalized. The modern civil rights movement has done nothing to advance the freedom of People of Eastern Europe. In addition, a complicated web of legal, political and social dynamics has rendered us invisible as an ethnic/racial group.
They classify us “white” even though we do not enjoy the benefit of white privilege, and when we are discriminated, we are denied the fruits of remedial action.
Slavs were slaves traded in Africa and Asia.
The English word ‘slave’ comes
from the name of our people - Slav.
We must establish a working group to study the problems of racial discrimination faced by people of Slavic descent living in the Slavic Diaspora and make proposals for the elimination of racial discrimination against people of Slavic and Eastern European descent.