If this supervisor say grew up in a small town with no exposure to minorities, or was done wrong in the past by a certain minority group, you can't tell me that their judgement dealing with minorities won't be effected by their experience. People are afraid of the unknown/what they don't know....this is a fact!
And I say BULLSHIT. I am a white guy from a relatively small town, and I've had subordinates that are from minority groups and I treat them the same as anyone else...how they perform and get along with other people. If they are awesome, they are awesome. If they are hammerheads, they are hammerheads.
I didn't need any special training and surveys, I had a really simple thing back in the day called 'The 10 Principles of Leadership' to guide me on how I conducted myself as a Jnr/Snr NCO (the 3 Ms...Mission, Men, Myself). My recruit serial in Cornwallis 27 years ago had people from all across the country and different backgrounds, some of them Native/Aboriginal, and guess how they were treated? Depended on how they performed and got along with people. Wow. With no special training either!!
This "from top to bottom, systemic" line is utter BULLSHIT. Are there people in uniform that don't act IAW our Military Ethics/Ethos? There are, there is no doubt. But what people like me, Average Joe White Guy in Uniform, are tired of is being told we are all rapists, racist hunks of trash who can't use common sense and have had parents and communities who didn't bring us up as decent Canadians.
Make the message accurate and I'll stand behind it; there is a problem with SOME people in uniform who have actions and attitudes that do not follow the ones demanded by the CAF
. I've got 27 years in, serving in Army, Air and Navy units, both Reg and Reserve, and this 'systemic top to bottom' message is false. Have I witnessed racist comments, harassment, etc? Yup...but I can count those on 1 hand over 27 years in the mob.
The worst one I witnessed personally was a superior (NCM) who referred to a group of about 5 of us (Snr NCOs on a course) as 'you $#(&* white guys', the year was 2003. He was an Aborginal / Native Canadian. Should that = 'all Aboriginal/Native service members are racist toward @&(*@#@ white guys? It didn't, and doesn't to me to this day. That wouldn't be fair to the rest
of the Aboriginal/Native service members, would it?
Should there now be a survey and public outcry because I would answer the survey truthfully and state I was on the receiving end of a racist comment by a Native Canadian superior at least once, and suggest it "is top to bottom, and every Aboriginal / Native service member is part of it"?
Full stop; it is not top to bottom, systemic and 'everyone'. I am tired the wide brush crap, pointed at ANY group in the CAF.