“Winnipeg Cleaved In Two”

Today’s Winnipeg Free Press carried this video from 2006 1. The topic of the city’s division is again in the headlines with recent Maclean’s article and the surge of discussion it has provoked 2. The song poses a stark dichotomy – “who would argue” that the division “is anywhere else” but between the North End and the rest of the city. “Who would argue” that it’s anything but the division between indigenous and non-indigenous people? The song and video implies a binary that . Can these divisions be seen in less dichotomous terms than race and space? How do emotional divisions fit into these racialized? What role could affect – an emotionally engaged public – have in re-defining how this apparent antagonism is framed?

1. http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/multimedia/video/features/key-of-bart-ywg-290343421.html?cx_navSource=d-tiles-2

2. http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/welcome-to-winnipeg-where-canadas-racism-problem-is-at-its-worst/