African Canadian

Why Are Black People So Committed to Supporting Rob Ford?

Anthony Morgan | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Anthony Morgan

It benefits us all to be honest with ourselves and recognize that adopted in 1971, enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982 and further enacted in law in 1988, Canadian multiculturalism is a socio-economic failure that now stains our national mosaic. There is nothing new in pointing out the failure(s) of multiculturalism. However, what has yet to be engaged as a public conversation is the consideration that, as our society's seeping open secret, the socio-economic failure of multiculturalism is what explains the festering phenomenon of black support for Rob Ford.

Fanta Ongoiba: Toronto's Passionate Advocate Who Is Making Headways

Samuel Getachew | Posted 06.29.2013 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

The lakeside village of Port Stanton is an almost two hours' drive away from Toronto. Located near the City of Orillia, ON -- the seaside cottage comm...

Should Idle No More Include African Canadians?

Rachel Décoste | Posted 03.10.2013 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

There is a small but vocal fringe in the Idle No More movement which advocates for the deportation of said "settlers". This unfortunate sentiment has turned potential friends into foes -- especially in the black community where it's a chilling reminder of the first time Africans were forced to traverse the Middle Passage. The similarities between aboriginals and black Canadians abound: both were oppressed people, both were driven/captured from their homelands by mostly Europeans. Both were dehumanized and denigrated as wild, suspicious and uncivilized.

The RNC Needs a Diversity Makeover

Donald D'Haene | Posted 11.11.2012 | Canada
Donald D'Haene

The Republican convention's most telling moments happened every time the camera scanned the delegates in Tampa, Florida. Yes, it was a 2012 political convention but it still looked predominantly white from my vantage point. Republicans could take a paint-by-number lesson from Canada's political play book -- primarily from one Preston Manning.

How I Realized I Was Part Black

Dianne Lawrence | Posted 10.31.2012 | Canada
Dianne Lawrence

My second "wow" moment came as I made friends with my black neighbours and they asked me about my racial background. I would tell them I wasn't sure and they would invariably tell me I looked like a family member or a good friend who was considered "high yellow." High yellow blacks often pass for white. So at the age of 29 my identity as a white person ended..