Canada Racism

Terror Abroad Has Revealed Troubling Hate Here At Home

Renu Mandhane | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Living
Renu Mandhane

Such is the nature of our hyper-connected planet that events seemingly worlds away from our day-to-day lives can reverberate in our neighbourhood. That is the power and promise of social media - it makes the world smaller. The flip side, however, is that faraway events, like those in Paris, Beirut, Nigeria and Egypt, can embolden otherwise-marginal, hateful forces here at home.

Canada's Muslim Community Must Act Now To End Islamophobia

Saqib Qureshi | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Living
Saqib Qureshi

A window of opportunity has opened where several provincial governments and Ottawa are enlightened and willing to partner to deal with problems. Eleven Muslim MPs were elected to Ottawa alone in 2015, and one is a cabinet minister. If the stars are aligned, what then are the key challenges that the community should take on?

The Pain Of Being Different: A Personal Perspective In The Aftermath Of The Paris Attacks

Hessie Jones | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Living
Hessie Jones

I hated being different. Growing up, I wanted to be the same as everyone else. I lived in a predominantly white city. I was the token "brown kid". I was looked at differently. I was teased because of the colour of my skin.

Canadians Must Not Allow Themselves To Be Divided By Hate

Sid Ryan | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Sid Ryan

The coordinated killings that rocked Paris over the weekend are an unspeakable horror. But we must not allow the horrific nature of this atrocity to drag Canada back into the racism, Islamophobia and war-mongering that characterized our last government. The burden to hold firm on the change that we demanded in the October election is jointly shared between Canadians and our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Constructive Self-Criticism Can Stop The Vicious Cycle Of Hate

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 11.17.2015 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

A vicious cycle of hate seems to have been engendered where hatred of the West feeds the hatred of Islam. The way out of this hate is by looking within instead of pointing fingers at others. Some people do not care for such a nuanced understanding. They look for simplistic answers to complex problems.

As Canadians We Must Challenge Lingering Bigotry

John Cartwright | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada Impact
John Cartwright

There needs to be a concerted effort to confront the rise of prejudice that was encouraged by the Conservatives in their bid for re-election. Although Steven Harper has been defeated, the lingering "permission" given to bigotry needs to be challenged in every workplace and community across Canada. Canadians have never been immune to the corrosive influences of racism and anti-Semitism. At this point in history we are called upon to specifically challenge Islamophobia. The fact is that our Muslim brothers and sisters have been made to feel defensive about their faith and unsure of how their neighbours accept them.

Is Prejudice Lurking In Your Business?

Marcia Sirota | Posted 10.30.2015 | Canada Business
Marcia Sirota

Just this week, Aritzia, a popular retail clothing business, was called out for racism when one of its Toronto store employees was overheard by a customer making a racist remark. Aside from it being a toxic, terrible mindset, prejudice as a business practice makes no sense.

Harper's Divisive Politics Cost Conservatives More Than An Election

Aurangzeb Qureshi | Posted 10.30.2015 | Canada Politics
Aurangzeb Qureshi

The Alberta battleground riding of Edmonton-Mill Woods became one of only two ridings in the city and one of only four ridings in the province to go Liberal. For the first time in a decade, Edmonton-Mill Woods is not a Conservative domain. This is only one example of a larger trend across Canada.

My Daily Battles as a Black Woman in Customer Service | Posted 10.25.2015 | Canada Living

I've been asked, "Where are you from?" more times at the bank than at any other workplace. The query is almost always followed by an individual's shock of how kind, efficient, or great my service was. In their mind, there's no way a black girl from [insert black country here] can be so nice at customer service.

This Election Showed Us Racism Is Alive and Well in Canada

Bilan Arte | Posted 10.25.2015 | Canada Politics
Bilan Arte

While some political parties are more responsible for instances of blatant racism than others, no political party has committed to action on combating racism in Canada. Aboriginal and racialized realities of being heavily surveilled, unfairly carded in the streets, and higher rates of violence remain fringe issues.

Understanding Hate Groups and Haters

Saqib Qureshi | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Living
Saqib Qureshi

New journeys often create surprises. Over the last few months, as I've gotten increasingly stuck on issues of Islamophobia and the fringe, extremist xenophobia in the Muslim world, this journey has been true to form. I've been struck by both the similarities between the two hate camps and their sheer resilience.

We Should Not Let Racialized Fear Define Our Political Future

Niki Sharma | Posted 10.12.2015 | Canada Politics
Niki Sharma

Be aware that, in our midst, a group of Canadian citizens are being dehumanized. History has shown us over and over again that this leads to oppression, hatred, and violence. Move past your knee-jerk reaction of protectionism. Don't be fooled by rhetoric. Understand that to that Muslim woman wearing the niqab, not being able to choose what she wears is oppression, even if it makes you personally uncomfortable.

'Where Are You From?' Is Clumsy, but Not Racist

Deena Douara | Posted 10.09.2015 | Canada Living
Deena Douara

There are a range of reasons people have asked me about my background and reasons I'm curious about yours. Maybe I've traveled to your country of heritage and would like to share my experience; I'd like to visit one day and would welcome your insights. We shouldn't have to pretend not to see skin colour, hear accents, or recognize features. No, we're not all the same -- but why is that the goal?

Harper's Use of Fear as a Political Strategy Is Very Familiar

Adam Bunch | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Adam Bunch

"Fear is not a policy. It is not an election platform," Stephen Lewis, the former NDP leader, recently declared during a campaign speech. "Using fear to get power suggests a deep and abiding cynicism." It does. But it can also be an effective strategy. It has been for centuries. It distracts.

It Is Not Just Black Men Who Matter

Andrea Anderson | Posted 09.27.2015 | Canada Living
Andrea Anderson

Women of colour who have spoken most openly and fervently on behalf of their male family and community members are often at the forefront of the debate surrounding police misconduct. Yet, women have also been victimized by the police and often in precisely the same ways as men -- police stops, shootings and racial profiling.

Justin Trudeau Linked 'Certain Types Of Music' To Misogyny, And It Wasn't Well Received

The Huffington Post Canada | Al Donato | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada Living

Commenters on Twitter say Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau evoked anti-black stereotypes at last night’s Up For Debate, a panel discussion with four fe...

Summit Attempts To Tackle Winnipeg's Racism Problem

The Huffington Post Alberta | Sarah Rieger | Posted 09.17.2015 | Canada Alberta

Winnipeg has frequently been accused of being Canada's most racist city.

White People Do NOT Need Their Own Special Clubs | Posted 09.17.2015 | Canada Living

On a continent where people of colour have been, and continue to be, terrorized, dehumanized, brutally murdered and denied basic human rights based on the colour of their skin, a grievance white people have not experienced, white people don't need to come together to lend moral and emotional support for their brethren in the same way people of colour do. So knowing that some racist folks are hell bent on creating "safe" spaces to fight the "tyranny" of multiculturalism, I'm left with only one question: If white people are losing in our country, who the hell is winning?

Racism Allegations Plague LGBT Resource Centre

The Huffington Post Alberta | Sarah Rieger | Posted 09.15.2015 | Canada Alberta

Now, as of Sept. 15, only one board member remains at the organization as all others have resigned.

Stephen Harper's Islamophobia Is a Product of Canadian Muslim Apathy

Aurangzeb Qureshi | Posted 09.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Aurangzeb Qureshi

We have seen how "Islamicism" has become a convenient tool for the government to employ a more aggressive foreign policy. Although it's easy for Canadian Muslims to lay blame on the Conservatives and Stephen Harper for such discriminatory and exploitative tactics (and doing so would be justifiable), it would also be disingenuous. The current situation is simply a culmination of years of political apathy from the Muslim community whose voter turnout is consistently below the national average.

The 'Angry Black Woman' Stereotype Is Justifying Police Brutality

Eternity E Martis | Posted 08.13.2015 | Canada Living
Eternity E Martis

Recent police attacks on black women have been vicious, brutal and savage, often justified by police departments and arresting officers through the excuse that these black women were "angry" -- argumentative and sarcastic smart asses, talking back and full of attitude.

Why Canadians Aren't Always so Kind

Reeha Korpal | Posted 08.02.2015 | Canada Living
Reeha Korpal

We are not all the ideal, liberated, and wonderful "Canadian" which we assume to be part of our national identity. We're not all there, but hopefully one day we will be. One day we can proudly proclaim that these wonderful positive stereotypes we hold dear to ourselves are complete, factual truths.

Breaking Down 5 Misconceptions About Muslims

Saqib Qureshi | Posted 07.24.2015 | Canada
Saqib Qureshi

In both the U.S. and Canada, Muslims face real scrutiny, fanned by politicians out to earn xenophobic votes and media folk out to sell copies. North American society, on both sides of the border, needs to get to grips with five key misconceptions if it wants to contribute to a clean, prejudice-free society.

Why I'm Tired Of Being Told Black People Need to fix Our Communities | Posted 07.13.2015 | Canada Politics

It seems every time a black person becomes a horrific hashtag that reignites the dire need of structural change in a system that doesn't prioritize black lives as important or equal, there's always a large contingent of folks ready to utter the same ignorant retort of, "Black people need to fix their/our communities FIRST, before worrying about [insert extreme act of racism here]." This bullshit trope is quickly reeled out by non-black people who are uncomfortable with acknowledging the factually disproportionate racism that we suffer from everyday.

It's Time to Lower the Confederate Flag for Good

Marcia Sirota | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Marcia Sirota

It's a very bad time for racism in the United States. It would make sense to work toward lowering the level of racial tension in the country, rather than inflaming it. It's one thing to honour the fallen soldiers of the American civil war, but it's another thing altogether to insist on waving a flag that to so many, represents violence, hatred and oppression toward African Americans.