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My initial reaction to hearing about the appropriation prize was feeling like I was being slapped in the face. I now realize the Twitter revelations are actually incredibly affirming: they let me know that I am not just imagining things; that Canadian media really is incredibly hostile to the voices of indigenous, black and people of colour.
"I didn't want to take up space arguing."
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"What does it take for this hateful man to be fired?"
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While income inequality is clearly a problem, it's strange to pit social issues that are clearly intertwined against one another. It would be great if HR departments had the capacity to eliminate poverty, but the most pragmatic way employers can fight inequality is to hire women and non-white people.
It's often seen as a dirty word, and I usually avoid using it. So when Lisa Kimmel, the general manager of Edelman PR agency recently invited me to debate the merits of imposing a gender "quota" on journalists as a means of increasing the number of women quoted in the news, I balked. Then I changed my mind. Here's why a quota on quoting women might actually make sense.
Child pornography is heinous. No one will quibble with that statement. We learn from the story of Moses and Pharaoh that questions being raised by people like Conrad Black, Jonathan Kay, et al require us to suppress our emotions and implement critical thinking in order to respond objectively, fairly to abhorrent behaviour and crime. I think we sell ourselves short as a society if we do not talk about this issue, or any morally difficult issue, because of fear or repulsion. We are a democratic society whose morals, values and ethics are based on a fine balance between justice and mercy