Canada Racism

Charlie Hebdo's Cartoons Were Racist, Not Satirical

Hana Shafi | Posted 01.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Hana Shafi

There is no doubt in my mind that what happened to the cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo was an unacceptable tragedy. Nobody should die because of their views.Still, despite the tragedy of the lives lost, I still cannot stand behind the "Je Suis Charlie" slogan. And the automatic herd of people rushing to back the slogan without applying critical thought to it or educating themselves about the publication is a deeply troubling phenomenon.

The Racism Behind #JeSuisCharlie

Julian Vigo | Posted 01.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Julian Vigo

Now a few days after the horrific attack in Paris, hashtag #JeSuisCharlie floats about the Internet as a neoliberal nod of solidarity to those who were killed in yesterday's attack. While I see its good intentions, in the big picture this hashtag serves as a demonstration of alliance with that coveted icon of western identity: freedom of speech. But make no mistake, the reasons the perpetrators carried out this attack were more complex than simply freedom of speech. For what is pitifully lacking in most every media representation of the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo is the historical background of what this attack was about.

Would the Media Freak Out if 50-Somethings Didn't Know Who Kanye Was?

Davide Mastracci | Posted 01.06.2015 | Canada Music
Davide Mastracci

There should be no mistake, it's more embarrassing for an adult to not know Kanye at this point in time than it is for a teen to not know McCartney. White dominance of cultural norms is the only reason click-bait articles decrying the masses of 50-somethings who don't know who Kanye West is aren't being published.

The 10 Most Racist Incidents of 2014: Canadian Edition

Rachel Décoste | Posted 01.03.2015 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

As the year winds down, news readers are treated with a feast of annual compilations. From fashion to finances it is a time to look back at the hits and misses. Here is a compilation of low-lights in racial discrimination the country that coined multiculturalism.

What's Wrong With Whoopi?

Rachel Décoste | Posted 12.19.2014 | Canada Living
Rachel Décoste

Goldberg's most surreal statement is that there is "real" racism -- presumably the overt kind seen in Hollywood period films -- and then there's a form of "ridiculousness" that encompasses racial profiling. Is that like being "half pregnant"?

5 Reasons To Catch Hari Kondabolu In Vancouver December 5

Jugni Style | Posted 12.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jugni Style

Hari Kondabolu is performing in Vancouver on Dec. 5, and if it's anything like how his friend, W. Kamau Bell describes it, the concert will be "the equivalent of a punk rock concert that breaks out at a human rights rally." Sounds like our kind of party.

Dear Angry White People, The Ferguson Protest Was Not About You

Eternity E Martis | Posted 01.27.2015 | Canada Living
Eternity E Martis

I won't go into the details of black groups being marginalized at the hands of white people who dominate the "center," because if you're smart enough to think that you fooled us into feeling remorse for "leaving you out" during the protest in Toronto, then you're smart enough to do a Google search to figure out historical black oppression and its endless contemporary reproductions.

Why Should I Apologize For Having a Complex Identity?

Hana Shafi | Posted 01.18.2015 | Canada Living
Hana Shafi

Girls like me are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Our critiques about, let's say, the misogyny within our community are so often co-opted by white Eurocentric feminism as a kind of "see, look, the oppressed brown women need us!" And at the same time, I don't want to silence myself from critiquing by own community just because I'm scared that some white feminists may twist my words.

What It's Like to See Blackface on Halloween as a Woman of Colour

Eternity E Martis | Posted 12.26.2014 | Canada Living
Eternity E Martis

These three, blonde, 20-somethings were dressed as cotton pickers and had painted their faces in the most offensive, unrealistic mud black I've ever seen. They said absolutely nothing, only smiled, mouth closed. Here before me, like never in my life, were three white people targeting us, the non-white people in the bar.

Racism Is Canada's Problem Too - Let's Talk About it

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Irony -- when Canada's Minister of State for Multiculturalism is the victim of a racial slur. Minister Tim Uppal and his family walked into an Edmonton tennis club this past week and overheard a woman express disgust that the Sikh-Canadian family was allowed membership. She went on to suggest that Uppal was probably unemployed. It was an ugly reminder that Canada may be the land of multiculturalism, but we are not immune to racism.

What Customer Service People Really Wish They Could Say to You

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 11.08.2014 | Canada Business
Sajeel Qureshi

Support is your organization's front line. Customers call them with problems. If your business is a football team your sales people are your offense. Support people are your defense. Here's a few things a support person wants to tell you, but can't.

How the Labour Movement Has Failed

Rachel Décoste | Posted 11.02.2014 | Canada Business
Rachel Décoste

You wouldn't know it from the tone of discourse today, but immigrants and foreign workers have been part of the Canadian labour force since Confederation. Then, much as now, they were necessary to ensure Canada's economic survival. Nevertheless, 19th century immigrant workers were viewed with suspicion and contempt and assigned the most dangerous tasks.

This Canadian Stood Up to Racism Before Rosa Parks

Rachel Décoste | Posted 09.10.2014 | Canada Impact
Rachel Décoste

In the social context of Canada before the Quiet Revolution (1950s), before Viola Desmond's act of defiance (1946), before Rosa Parks triggered the United States' Civil Rights Movement (1955), Fred Christie stood up to institutional discrimination. A decade before the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1947), Fred Christie exhibited unimaginable courage and perseverance in asserting his civil rights. Though the judicial process did not deliver the desired result, Fred Christie remains a key instigator in Canada's journey towards the establishment of universal rights.

White People Who Do Nothing Only Add To The Racism Problem

Simon Lapierre | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada
Simon Lapierre

If we, as white people, cannot completely understand the experience of racism on a daily basis, we can try to position ourselves as allies in the combat against racism. As Darrell Cannon reminded us that, if we close our eyes and do not denunciate racism, we are also being part of the problem.

FIFA Attracts Racist Fans and Migrant Soccer Stars

Dana Wagner | Posted 08.30.2014 | Canada
Dana Wagner

In any place where race is tied to wealth, as it is almost everywhere, the stadium will likely look vastly different from the average neighbourhood. Clubs needs to invest in better representing the community in the stadium for their claim to be a true site of integration and inclusion. One way to do this is by changing ticket pricing and distribution.

Six Tips To Open Up Your Kids To Friends From Diverse Ethnicities

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

If we convey negative or suspicious attitudes about other cultures and ethnicities, our kids will pick up on these and replicate our behaviour. "Monkey see, monkey do" is real so keep this in mind and remember to convey a positive and open attitude about other cultures, particularly around your children.

Tree Planters Win $600,000 After Racial Taunts

CP | Terri Theodore, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Racial taunts and other discriminatory behaviour aimed at a group of African workers has prompted the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal to order ...

The Only Way To Survive Public Opinion Court

Mary Donohue | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada
Mary Donohue

The Internet can and will prove you a liar in minutes. Finally we are seeing that powerful men, and for that matter powerful companies, can no longer just say "Oh.. sorry." If people don't believe in and trust your brand, and if they don't understand your moral purpose, you could be left out in the cold in much the same as Donald Sterling or Don Imus were.

Would Willow Smith Be Sexualized If She Was White?

Anne Theriault | Posted 07.09.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

We need to talk for a hot second about the sexualization of young girls. Specifically, we need to talk about the sexualization of Willow Smith by the media. In case you've somehow missed the whole hullaballoo, the picture below of 13-year-old Willow and 20-year-old actor Moises Arias was recently posted on Instagram, and the internet subsequently exploded. Everyone immediately leapt to the conclusion that the photograph was somehow sexual. Had this been a picture of a young white girl with a man a few years older than her, it most likely would have been written off as totally innocent.

The Racist Tweets About Subban Are Only Part of a Bigger Problem

Anne Theriault | Posted 07.03.2014 | Canada
Anne Theriault

On Thursday night, Montreal Canadiens player P. K. Subban scored the winning goal against the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal. Predictably, Boston fans were outraged. In this case, though, with Subban as one of the few black players in the league, their anger took a sickeningly racist turn.

Coach: Subban Unaffected By Comments

CP | Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.03.2014 | Canada Impact

BOSTON - P.K. Subban says his social media haters have nothing to do with the Boston Bruins or their fans.The Montreal defenceman, who is black, was t...

Finally Something That Makes Me Feel Sorry For Avril Lavigne

Jen Sookfong Lee | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jen Sookfong Lee

When Avril Lavigne issued a defence on Twitter, peppered with LOLs and claiming that because Japanese people were involved in the development of the "Hello Kitty" video, it couldn't possibly be racist, I gave up. It's the same tired defence we hear all the time. But my best friend is Asian/gay/vegan!

Fear of Migrant Workers Is Xenophobia

Syed Hussan | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Syed Hussan

The use of incorrect statistics and skewed economic arguments to demand the exclusion of Temporary Foreign Workers by people all along the political spectrum hearkens to a lengthy history of exclusion of immigrants from Canada. While in the past racist headlines read "Immigrants are taking Canadian jobs," now they insist "Foreign workers are taking Canadian jobs." What's the difference? There is more afoot here, its xenophobia and it must be challenged. It is important that we do not repeat the injustices of the past. Full immigration status for all, full rights for all workers is the only way forward. Resist attempts to divide unemployed, migrant, and poor people.

Why Your Doctor Could Be Biased

Stephen Hwang | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada Living
Stephen Hwang

In a recent study researchers called doctors' offices in Toronto while playing the role of a person looking for a family physician. Doctors' offices were 58 per cent more likely to offer an appointment if the caller mentioned that he or she had a high-status job than if he or she mentioned receiving welfare.

Calling Out Mansplainers Isn't the Same as 'Silencing' Men

Anne Theriault | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

Dear Tom McLaughlin And Joshua Sealy-Harrington: We need to talk about your recent article in the Globe and Mail about being "silenced" based on gender. First of all, let's get a few things straight here: You are not being silenced. Yes, sometimes your opinions will be discounted because of your identity -- because you know what? In the context of social justice, lived experience trumps everything else every time.