Canada Racism

The Racist Talent Show Judge Who Makes Simon Cowell Look Good

Suzanne Ma | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living
Suzanne Ma

A somewhat awkward, bespectacled Chinese man by the name of Xiao Wang wandered onto the stage of Holland's Got Talent. The PhD student announced he would perform a rendition of "La donna è mobile" from Verdi's Rigoletto. And that's when Judge Cornelis Willem Heuckeroth, who goes by the nickname Gordon, cracked his first joke: "Which number are you singing? Number 39 with rice?"

The Rob Ford Scandal Shows We're All a Little Racist

Nicholas Barber | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Nicholas Barber

As we all watch in awe as the human train wreck that is Toronto mayor Rob Ford continues to unfold, let us take a moment to reflect on the very ugly role that racism is playing in the Ford saga. I think that many of the people who claim to be disturbed by the fact that Rob Ford does drugs are, on some level, actually disturbed by the fact that Rob Ford (allegedly) smokes crack with Somalians in Little Mogadishu.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Canada's Approach to Racism

Rachel Décoste | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

Why is it that the U.K.'s newspaper is willing to publish a painfully honest editorial about race in Canada but Canadian papers aren't? Before Mr. Douglas was published in the U.K., he submitted his personal op ed to Canadian newspapers. None of them thought this perspective was fit to print.

Rob Ford Should Leave His Wife Out of the Discussion

Julie Devaney | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Julie Devaney

Leveraging women's bodies became a political sport in Toronto this week. It began with the blurted out defence Rob Ford offered to reports that he sexually harassed a former employee, and sadly continued with Rosie DiManno's Toronto Star article about domestic violence. It's a mistake to focus on these issues.

Is Racism Actually a Fear of the Unknown?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Living
Diane Weber Bederman

You walk into a store and the salesperson is a different colour, a woman wearing a hijab, a young man with piercings and tattoos. You walk into a room and realize that no one looks like you. A sense of anxiety sets in from the fight/flight response to fear. That instinctual response to fear begins because we instinctively fear the unknown -- be it a place, an event, a person.

Political Correctness: Too Much and Not Enough

Rondi Adamson | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Living
Rondi Adamson

She explains what the "Shoah", or Holocaust was. She states that the reason she is being so slow and re-explaining basics to a room full of adults is that there are a lot of 'Orientali', or Asians, in our class, and they don't know about this period of history, especially the Chinese. She says this several times. I can hardly believe what I'm hearing.

I Took My Family to the Movies and Got Called a "F-ing Terrorist"

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

When I leaned over and asked a woman in a movie theatre to please put her cellphone away, she started yelling at me. She AND her husband called me an F'ing TERRORIST repeatedly. Does the colour of my skin or the fact that I wear a piece of cloth on my head make it alright to lambaste me in public in front of my child and her friends?

Donald Glover, AKA Childish Gambino, Gets Real About Race

HuffPost Canada Music | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada Music

Perhaps best known as the cheerfully childlike Troy on the NBC sitcom "Community," Donald Glover has a sideline in hip-hop as Childish Gambino -- or r...

These Costumes Couldn't Be More Offensive

CBC | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada

A picture of a white man in blackface dressed as Trayvon Martin next to a man dressed as George Zimmerman recently made the rounds online, spurring co...

Getting Arrested for "Shopping While Black"

Charmaine Nelson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Charmaine Nelson

With the recent event at Barney's, New York, it would appear that blacks should add S.W.B. or "Shopping While Black" to the list of supposed crimes for which we are racially profiled. Trayon Christian, a 19-year-old college student purchased a $350 Salvatore Ferragamo belt at Barney's, Christian alleges that he was stopped by undercover officers, questioned, hand-cuffed and taken to a local precinct.

Slavery in Africa Is Alive, Well and Ignored

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

Simon Aban Deng is a Sudanese human rights activist living in the United States. A native of the Shilluk Kingdom in southern Sudan, Deng spent several...

I'm White. Let's Talk About Racism

Shannon Fisher | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Shannon Fisher

I'm embarrassed to admit that I'd never considered my privilege as a white person until about two years ago. Sure, I was aware of racism, but I didn't stop to connect it to me and the colour of my skin. White people walk through the world differently. We carry a privilege we have not earned and cannot unhave. I really hope one day that's not true. But, in the meantime, it's our job to use our privilege to educate and make right. This all starts with admitting that privilege is an actual thing and that it's problematic.

The Most Discriminatory Laws in Canadian History

Rachel Décoste | Posted 11.16.2013 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

Québec's credo is "Je me souviens", which loosely translates to "I will remember". But there is never a bad time to appropriate this mantra in the rest of Canada, to understand where we've come from and appreciate how far we've come as the world's first nation to adopt a federal multiculturalism policy. To that end, here are some low-lights of Canadian history.

Native Musician Files Human Rights Complaint Against Redskins Football

HuffPost Canada Music | Jason MacNeil | Posted 09.04.2013 | Canada Music

A Tribe Called Red member Ian "Deejay NDN" Campeau has tried to get the name of a local football team in Ottawa changed for over two years. Now he's t...

Miley Cyrus, White Feminism, and the Dance of Oppression

Darlena Cunha | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada Music
Darlena Cunha

This is not about Miley. It's not about back-up dancers. It's not about one entertainment show that happened one night in August 2013. It's about an institutionalized thought process that is subtly reinforced at every given opportunity. And if we stop writing about the institution, aren't we doing society a disservice?

What Miley Should Learn About Black Culture

Eternity E Martis | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Music
Eternity E Martis

My biggest concern with Miley's performance and behavior has only been that like the white feminists, she doesn't actually understand anything about black culture. You wanna twerk? Go ahead. You wanna sport grills and grab your crotch like your something special? Be my guest. You want your new single to "sound black"? Not a problem, but understand the culture in which you're taking from and the history behind it.

When the Canadian Forces Used to Recruit Minorities

Rachel Décoste | Posted 10.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

The last time the Canadian Forces made a huge effort to integrate a minority, there were serious concerns. There was a demographic forming 28 per cent of the Canadian population, which was said not to fit into the traditional military mould. They were seen as too "different", too "rebellious", too contrary to ever enter the fold of the military elite. They were French-Canadians.

Mis-Stepping With the Samis of Arctic Sweden

Bob Ramsay | Posted 10.24.2013 | Canada Travel
Bob Ramsay

Eight of us from Toronto were huddled around a fire inside a Lavu, a giant teepee that served as our dinner tent. We were in Arctic Sweden "reindeer trekking" with a group of young Sami men. The Sami are the indigenous people of the very north of Scandinavia.

What Will It Take To End Police Violence?

Ajamu Nangwaya | Posted 10.13.2013 | Canada Politics
Ajamu Nangwaya

Racialized working-class communities, individuals and Indigenous peoples in North America know the daily reality of police violence and containment. We do not need the intervention of civil liberties organizations, critical criminology courses or the exposure of police violence at a G20 Summit to know that police are not protecting us.

How the Trayvon Martin Tragedy Would Have Looked in Canada

Anthony Morgan | Posted 09.28.2013 | Canada
Anthony Morgan

Are race relations in Canada so much further advanced than in the US that the Trayvon Martin tragedy would never happen here? I'm not so sure. As troubling as it is to face, the Canadian version of the Zimmerman-Martin horror would actually look something like the following scenario: Zimmerman is a South-Asian or Asian male. Trayvon is an Indigenous teen girl who was simply walking to her home in one of Canada's upper-middle-class suburban neighbourhoods. She is brutalized and dumped on the side of the road afterwards. And the Canadian public doesn't bat an eye.

The Reason I Wrote "Why I Don't Sleep With White Guys"

Eternity E Martis | Posted 09.27.2013 | Canada Living
Eternity E Martis

If my experiences have offended some of you, I'm sorry that you didn't like it, and I'm sorry that you don't understand. I'm sorry that when the next time a woman of colour speaks on a subject like this, you will do the same thing to her. I'm sorry that you won't give her experience any second thought. I'm sorry that you won't even consider delving deeper into history. I'm sorry for you.

Racism is Front Page News for the Ottawa Sun

Rachel Décoste | Posted 09.21.2013 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

When a leading newspaper feels the need to actively denounce worldwide tributes to Trayvon Martin, including President Obama's moving comments on the matter, there is a serious problem. When a the death of a teenager is rationalized by painting him as a pot-smoking thug who happened to get himself killed, things take a turn for the cartoonish. How long will readers of the Ottawa Sun accept this audacious double standard?

Florida Was Complicit in Trayvon Martin's Death

Saeed Selvam | Posted 09.16.2013 | Canada
Saeed Selvam

The jury in the Zimmerman trial made a decision that they felt comfortable with, they didn't have to be racist, Florida law protected and provoked their decision. The point is, collective anger and protest needs to be directed against the law, not store windows.

Trayvon Martin and the Red Herring of "Black on Black" Crime

Tarek Fatah | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada
Tarek Fatah

Although I am convinced that the death of Trayvon Martin was not because of his race, and that the jury reached a correct verdict in declaring George Zimmerman "not guilty," I also feel the people raising the issue of "black on black" crime (and saying it is ignored in a way that white on black crime isn't) are being disingenuous. The fact is, "black on black" crime is no more common than "white on white" crime or "Chinese on Chinese" crime. Most murders are intraracial. If Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton annoy me with their contrived despair, so do conservatives like Newt Gingrich with their "What about black on black crime" line.

What Trayvon Martin's Murder and the George Zimmerman Trial Verdict Tell Us

Charmaine Nelson | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada
Charmaine Nelson

I have a confession to make. I did not watch the Travyon Martin case -- live on CNN. I deliberately avoided subjecting myself to the full brunt of the...