Aalya asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 7 years ago

how did the richard riots start the quiet revolution?

Hey, im doing a history essay and the main question is "Did the Richard Riots start the Quiet Revolution?" after doing research, I realized the answer is Yes. I just need more info on how it stated the revolution. I know society started to become bore English vs French, BUT WHY? Can you also give more reasons please :) THANKS SOOSOSO MUCH!

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  • Ted K
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    7 years ago
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    Montreal fans protested that the suspension was too severe; the team's largely francophone fan base claimed the length of the suspension was motivated by Richard's French Canadian ethnicity. Outside of Montreal, however, the suspension was seen as justified and, if anything, too short.

    Public outrage from Montreal poured in about what residents felt was a too-severe punishment Many Quebecers saw the suspension as the English minority further attempting to subjugate the French majority and an attempt to humiliate French Canadiens by "excessively punishing their favorite player" Campbell, who received death threats, stated that he would not back down and announced his intention to attend the Canadiens' next home game against the Red Wings on March 17, despite advice that he not do so. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in the Montreal Forum lobby two hours before the game. Attempts to "crash the gate" by these fans without tickets were denied by police. They then began to gather at Cabot Square across from the Forum.[34] The crowd of demonstrators grew to 6,000.] Some carried signs that denounced Campbell, and others had signs reading - "Vive Richard" (Long live Richard), "No Richard, no Cup", "Our national sport destroyed", and many others.The crowd, originally described as "jovial", turned "surly" after police intervened at the ticket gate] After the mood turned foul, some members of the crowd began smashing windows and throwing ice chunks at passing streetcars

    he Richard Riot has taken on a significance greater than a mere sports riot in the fifty years since it happened. The sight of French Quebecers rioting in defense of a Québécois cultural icon like Richard led many commentators to believe it was a significant factor in Quebec's Quiet Revolution of the 1960s. Furthermore, the cause of the riot has been suggested to not be as a result of the severity of the suspension — instead, what mattered was that a Québécois player had been suspended by an anglophone president of an anglophone league. French Canadians saw themselves as inherently disadvantaged within Canada and North America as a whole.Richard was seen as a national hero by French Canadians, and almost a sort of a "revenge" against the anglophone establishment. The riot was a clear sign of rising ethnic tensions in Quebec.[64] In an article published four days after the riot, journalist André Laurendeau was the first to suggest the riot was a sign of growing nationalism in Quebec. Entitled "On a tué mon frère Richard" ("My brother Richard has been killed"), Laurendeau suggested the riot "betrayed what lay behind the apparent indifference and long-held passiveness of French Canadians".[63]

    On the other hand, Benoît Melançon argues persuasively that the riot has become part of the "Rocket Richard myth" and has taken on an importance that, in retrospect, is far greater than it actually had when it happened. For instance, he argues that: "Had there been no Riot, it is doubtful there would ever have been a Maurice Richard myth." The riot ended up taking on greater significance as time passed, but not for the reasons many non-academic commentators believe. Richard was in danger of being forgotten in the years immediately after his retirement, so he promoted himself, and his nascent myth, excessively:

    There were Maurice Richard skates and jackets, but there were also Rocket ashtrays, Rocket transistor radios, and Rocket Richard Condensed Tomato Soup. Moreover, these products changed throughout history. "The principal impact of the trade in Richard ... has been the transformation of Maurice Richard into a product, then into a label, and ultimately into a myth.

    He concludes by suggesting that the riot is now something it was not. To quote: "the riot has become the key event in turning Richard from a mere hockey player to a symbol of political resistance (even if Richard himself was publicly apolitical and, according to this book, definitely not for an independent Quebec)... According to this popular narrative, for the first time the people of Quebec stood up for themselves; especially English Canada delights in anachronistically announcing that this was the beginning of the 1960s Quiet Revolution. Perhaps the best way to explain how the interpretation of the riot changed is by looking at the change in the public perceptions of its antagonist: "it was necessary to overlook some of [Richard's] character traits and to rewrite several episodes of his career" in order to make him into a mythical figure.

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