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Why Whoopi Was Wrong: The Myth of a Post-Racial Canada

The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg annotated Justin Bieber's videotaped use of the N-word. Ms. Goldberg attributed the then-pubescent Biebs' gaffe to his "youthful ignorance" and Canadian upbringing. "You know -- Canadian words...N---r doesn't mean anything in Canada." Ms. Goldberg is just the latest African-American duped into believing the analogical "promised land" tale. In the eternal navel-gazing exercise of re-counting American history, Canada is relegated to a utopia where fairness and freedom reigned for black slaves -- a deceptive narrative the Canadian establishment is all too happy to assume.
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Chris Brown: The Problem With Giving Abuse a Black Face

Since he is a tattooed, rap/R&B singer who embodies for many the "thug" lifestyle, it is easy to see Chris Brown as the face of abuse. As a threatening black man, we may feel more comfortable identifying his behaviour as dangerous than we do John Lennon's, despite his history of abuse. But the truth is that abuse happens in households of all racial, class, education and social backgrounds. I ask us to consider how much the image of Chris Brown as "thug rapper" made it easier to label him as an unrepentant abuser than other artists who are also guilty of the same crime.