I think that part of BSAP is actually the correction of the in group bias that generally would work in favour of white people, as most interviewers would be white due to, as has been stated, white people making up a greater proportion of the population, and specifically of physicians and med students who often interview applicants. Therefore, it may not really be an advantage for black applicants to be getting the same sort of process that other applicants get. Also, as has been said, this program specifically (of course there are other programs that are set up differently) does not have a certain number of seats they look to fill. From my knowledge, they basically are just trying to allow applicants to be interviewed by a black panel and then assessed in just the same way as other applicants (someone can correct me if I have this wrong!).
I also do want to touch on some other statements made in order to bring in some different perspectives that may not have been previously considered. While racism is not explicitly written into laws etc it is very much prevalent and, especially recently, many people have shared their experiences of this and there is data showing disproportionally high numbers of black people being arrested (especially in the US, Canada doesn’t allow the data collection necessary for this information to be determined very well but I did find one estimate based on the 2006 census that may provide some idea https://www.researchgate.net/figure/The-Representation-of-Ethnoracial-Groups-in-Canadas-Federal-Corrections-System-2011_tbl1_274314275). Additionally, black people are more likely to be low SES (https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/five-charts-that-show-what-systemic-racism-looks-like-in-canada-1.4970352) and black individuals who are higher SES can have that chalked up to being “diversity hires” and/or feel out of place in their own neighborhoods. This is all to say that while there may not be obvious racism in Canada from one persons point of view, others can still see/experience it and it’s important to listen to those people and not diminish those experiences.
People who have higher SES are privileged, as are white people, and someone can be privileged in someways, but not in others. Having some privilege does not erase the inequalities or discrimination that a person faces as a result of not having other privilege. Therefore, while in some ways a white low SES doctor will be able to relate to a black low SES patient better than a black high SES doctor, the opposite is also true. Since some experiences that the high SES doctor could not share were listed, I will note that the white low SES doctor would not be able to understand many of the micro aggressions that POC (and especially black people) face regularly.
As a final note, I do want to acknowledge that I think that the socioeconomic barriers to getting into medicine are definitely there and that actions should be taken to make medical school admissions as equitable as possible in this regard. However, I don’t think that having the BSAP pathway (specifically) is taking away from that possibility and so, debating one versus the other may not be the most productive way forward. I will leave you all with one final link from an article published on none other than May 12th 2020 about the demographics of Canadian medical students showing significant disparities between the census population and medical students in terms of SES, identifying as black and other factors (https://bmcmededuc.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12909-020-02056-x) to illustrate that there is a long way to go in order to increase all types of diversity in medicine.
Hopefully this discourse is able to expose people to different viewpoints than their own, I know it has for me. I do want to say that I think that it is important to be respectful and really understand what others are saying, especially when the topic is not within a persons own lived experience. I have been able to take many of the points that have been brought up here and apply them to help form educated opinions and I hope that others are able to do the same.