It was a dormitory fight rooted in religion, between a Muslim student rising early to cook breakfast during the fast of Ramadan — and a roommate furious at being wakened before sunrise day after day.
When tensions boiled over, the Muslim student threw the first punch — and got himself kicked out of the University of Toronto residence, says Sandy Hudson, the dormitory don at the time, who disagreed with the decision.
The sociology major cites it as an example of why a sweeping new report on campus racism in Ontario calls for sensitivity training for everyone from dons and professors to campus police.
Spearheaded by the Canadian Federation of Students in Ontario, the report chronicles tales of racism and a “culture of white privilege” gathered last year at hearings on 14 campuses, and calls for an array of changes, from overhauling curriculum that is too Eurocentric to “anti-oppression training” for students during orientation.
“With some sensitivity training to the broader issue, that incident might have been better handled,” says Hudson, now president of the University of Toronto’s Student Union and one of nine members of the task force whose 60-page report was released Monday...Hmmm. Sounds to me as though it was handled just fine, and that it was the belligerant Ramadan celebrant, who refused to consider her roommate as she loudly went about her breakfast preparations such that the noise always woke her up, who could have been a tad more "sensitive". But who are we kidding? According to the "human rights" pecking order, a "privileged" paleface is always in the wrong and a boisterous Ramadaner is invariably in the right, and that's just the way it is here on old McTrudeau's Aninal Farm (where some of the residents--the "racialized" ones-- are more equal than the rest). And if you don't like it, you're living on the wrooong farm, my friend.