Erasing Race<br />The Story of ReenaVirk – YasminJawani<br />
THE STORY<br />
Main Theme	<br />The denial of racism and sexism as a systemic phenomenon <br /><ul><li>In the trial and coverage of the R...
Embedded into Canadian society and our upbringing (macrocosm)
Lack of coverage and critical analysis of racism as a form of violence as well as violence against women, especially racia...
The absence of racism as a motivating factor for the murder of ReenaVirk in the judiciary system and in media coverage
Mass media reinforces elite definitions of race/racism that serve hegemonic interests and become embedded in dominant disc...
Systemically inferiorizingracialized communities with patriarchal values and framing then as deviant i.e. “unassimilable” ...
 Keywords<br />Marginalized girls must deal with violence along with interlocking effects of racism, homophobia, classism,...
Dislocation
Racism
Backlash
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  1. 1. Erasing Race<br />The Story of ReenaVirk – YasminJawani<br />
  2. 2. THE STORY<br />
  3. 3. Main Theme <br />The denial of racism and sexism as a systemic phenomenon <br /><ul><li>In the trial and coverage of the ReenaVirk murder (microcosm)
  4. 4. Embedded into Canadian society and our upbringing (macrocosm)
  5. 5. Lack of coverage and critical analysis of racism as a form of violence as well as violence against women, especially racialized women
  6. 6. The absence of racism as a motivating factor for the murder of ReenaVirk in the judiciary system and in media coverage
  7. 7. Mass media reinforces elite definitions of race/racism that serve hegemonic interests and become embedded in dominant discourse
  8. 8. Systemically inferiorizingracialized communities with patriarchal values and framing then as deviant i.e. “unassimilable” </li></li></ul><li>Where do girls like Reena “fit” in Canadian society?<br />THEY DON’T<br />
  9. 9. Keywords<br />Marginalized girls must deal with violence along with interlocking effects of racism, homophobia, classism, ableism, and sexism<br />Immigrants and refugee girls experience higher rates of violence because of dislocation, racism, and sexism from in and out of their communities<br />Caught between two patriarchal cultures; their own is devalued/inferior; and they must struggle to “fit” in the other<br />When they fail, the experience intense backlash; in Reena’s case, death.<br />Racialized girls have few avenues of recourse available to them<br />Racialized girls and their vulnerability to violence words<br /><ul><li>Sexism
  10. 10. Dislocation
  11. 11. Racism
  12. 12. Backlash
  13. 13. Double dose of patriarchy</li></li></ul><li>CULTURAL IDENTITY AND CONFLICT<br />Media erases racism and substitutes intergenerational conflict<br /><ul><li>Structure of society warrants strict normative values in racialized communities
  14. 14. Racialized communities are characterized as deviant
  15. 15. Girls like Reena do not have a safe place to talk about violence in and out of home</li></li></ul><li>THE DISCURSIVE CONSTRUCTION OF RACISM IN MASS MEDIA<br />The media is a powerful tool in the production and reproduction of social knowledge<br /><ul><li>Canadian mainstream media communicates how “race” and “racism” are located within the public’s imagination
  16. 16. Canadian news media expresses racism with techniques of omission to reinforce hegemonic interests
  17. 17. Canadian hegemonywould rather focus on issues of “fitting in” and bullying then racism in the death of ReenaVirk</li></li></ul><li>MEDIA FRAMES – ERASING RACE<br />Violent behaviour is internalized as a function of coping with a violent society <br />Reena was made out to be somewhat responsible for her own death<br />Media coverage stressed her lack of “fit” by being tall and overweight<br />It was never explored what she was supposed to “fit into”<br />i.e. The normative standards of beauty in Western society<br />Had Reena been “slim and pretty” she would not have been killed?<br />During the trial, Reena was dubbed a troubled, rebellious youth by her mother because she spoken about sexual abuse by a close family member<br />The media alluded this to intergenerational conflict and ignored racism once again i.e. Their problem!<br />Media presented Reena as a misfit at home and in school - this is somehow supposed to be an explanation for her death?<br />
  18. 18. MEDIA FRAMES – ERASING RACE<br />There was testimony of the attackers making fun of Reena’s hairy back and burning a cigarette out on her forehead, where a bindi is usually placed<br />Also, one of Reena’s killers, Warren, who had never met or spoken to Reena before the attack, was said to have been bragging earlier about picking a fight with a Native man i.e. Dominant heirarchy; it is easier to engage in and get away with violence with a Native man then a white one<br />A period of time later, Warren’s girlfriend, Syreeta, testified in court that Reena’s murder was racially motivated <br />The attackers were NOT charged with hate crimes<br />Racial motivations never made it to the media<br />These are examples of how racism is institutionalized in today’s society i.e. The judiciary system and the mass media have worked together to successfully erase racism and violence against women from the trial and coverage of the ReenaVirk murder.<br />
  19. 19. Microcosm/Macrocosm<br />Reena’s murder and the wider context of the course<br /><ul><li>Female violence is disproportionately represented in the media – only 3.83% of violent crimes are done by women
  20. 20. Despite advancements made by the 1st, 2nd, 3rd wave feminist movements, we remain a assimilatory society based on patriarchal values – “othering”
  21. 21. Violence impacts girls and boys differently and it impacts people from different cultures differently
  22. 22. Media focus on girl-on-girl violence implied that women “don’t get to be violent” because we are so liberated now – reinforces the construction of gender roles based on patriarchal values
  23. 23. The refined Victorian women – colonial attitudes live on
  24. 24. Reena’s murder and trial contained several subdominant motifs that were breezed over
  25. 25. Child sexual abuse and violence in the home – marginalized communities are forced into silence for fear of increased exclusion and stereotyping
  26. 26. Link between violence and running away from home
  27. 27. The violence of racism is taken for granted and dubbed non-problematic – reflected in lack of resources for women of color suffering from abusive relationships</li></li></ul><li>Microcosm/Macrocosm<br />Reena’s murder and the wider context of the course<br /><ul><li>Racism in Canada is very much institutionalized
  28. 28. The stories in the media regarding Reena’s murder all supported one another i.e. One point of view that becomes naturalized – CNN!
  29. 29. They involved analysis from academics, police and judges – power of the institutions
  30. 30. Elite definitions of racism in the media i.e. Coverage seemed to reflect Judge Macauly’s sentencing: that the murder was the result of violent intent that was unconnected to racism, sexism or a combination thereof. </li></ul>FIN<br />
  31. 31. Example of the Denial of Institutionalized RacismThis picture is an ad for Sony Playstation– the white version. The caption on the ad read “White is Coming.”<br />

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