Prejudice

This Is What You Mean When You Say, Tweet Or Sing 'All Lives Matter'

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 07.15.2016 | Canada Living
Joshua Ostroff

I would like to think that the police, of all people, are following this controversy closely and that their social media managers know what they're tweeting out into the world and how it will be perceived. But maybe they don't. Maybe you don't. Maybe your uncle doesn't. (Though, c'mon, you've heard him rant after a few glasses of red at Thanksgiving.) Maybe you refuse to believe that when you say, tweet or even sing "All Lives Matter" what people hear is that you're racist. But if you don't think that it devalues the lives of black people consider this.

I Am Tired Of Fearing For My Life

Roger Mooking | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Living
Roger Mooking

The very same birthright that has conditioned me to exceed my dreams can now have me killed. I'm a father of four daughters and a husband, among many other personal and professional responsibilities. I am now earnestly afraid for my life in a way that I have never been in my life previously.

I Don't Hate The Man Who Called Me A Chink, I Pity Him

Madelyn Chung | Posted 07.07.2016 | Canada Living
Madelyn Chung

He said it in passing, muttering it under his breath as if he was disgusted or annoyed. I was in the middle of texting a friend when it happened. Rage and shock filled inside of me. Who the hell was this racist man and how dare he use this slur towards me?

Black Lives Matter TO: Please Stop Pushing Allies Away

Sima Xyn | Posted 07.06.2016 | Canada Living
Sima Xyn

Dear Black Lives Matter Toronto, I approached your booth and said, "I would like to buy a shirt and make a donation," but your volunteer told me shirts are $20 and are only for sale to the black community. What baffles me is you really took the time to tell me I'm not the right race, colour or minority to purchase your T-shirts or support your organization. I replied, "That's not right" and left quickly, dumbfounded and shocked, trying to collect my jaw from the streets of Toronto.

Why I Speak Up Against Prejudicial Thinking

Amrita Sandhu | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Amrita Sandhu

Not a single soul who has worked tirelessly to create the life and home they have dreamed of deserves to be made to feel unworthy of creating the life of their choosing -- especially if it really doesn't harm anyone else. The majority of the South Asian community members who make these "monster houses" are those who have come from next to nothing in Northern rural areas of India.

We Will Not Be Fooled By The Lies Of Today's Far Right

Niki Sharma | Posted 06.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Niki Sharma

To those politicians today with the power to compel people to your will with fear and anti-immigration sentiment -- stop blaming immigrants for neoliberal policies that relentlessly concentrate wealth at the top while leaving the majority with weakened social programs, poverty, uncertainty and fear.

It Is Time To Redefine Canada's Vertical Mosaic

Jack Jedwab | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living
Jack Jedwab

The growth in the visible minority population has seemingly changed the nature of the vertical mosaic and the portrait of inequality in Canada. The question that preoccupies researchers is whether the upward mobility experienced by most European origin groups can be replicated by non-European immigrants and their children.

Building More Mosques Won't Solve Canada's Islamophobia Problem

Saqib Qureshi | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living
Saqib Qureshi

Tackling Islamophobia or Canadian Muslim unemployment is a problem not just for Canadian Muslims, but for all Canadians. That being said, if Canadian Muslims don't lead the effort to tackle these issues, including educating that same society and state, little will get accomplished.

Canadians Haven't Always Been Welcoming To Immigrants

Jack Jedwab | Posted 04.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

Even those Canadians reporting the highest knowledge about immigration history believe we have always been welcoming. Yet the country's history offers more than enough examples of restrictive immigration practices to suggest that there is at least a bit of ignorance among those of us presuming the most knowledge.

Society Sees Me Differently When I Straighten My Hair

ByBlacks.com | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Style
ByBlacks.com

For the six months that I wore my hair curly, I felt confident. I felt like I had been a one-girl revolution who walked with purpose, making a statement with every step. But when I wore my hair straight, I felt safe. What's the difference?

Political Correctness Is A Right-Wing Myth

Ward Anderson | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

With the entire continent engaged in some of the most polarizing politics seen in decades, everyone seems to have one thing in common: Everyone thinks people these days are too easily offended. But they aren't. They're no different than they've ever been. And, as for political correctness, it doesn't exist.

Rob Ford's Toxic Legacy Lives On In Toronto City Council

Samuel Getachew | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

He was an incompetent mayor and used racial slurs that I found offensive. That is why I never supported him and my disappointment in him had its limits. However, I voted, donated resources and volunteered for Mayor John Tory, and that is why I find the actions of the current mayor and that of his most loyal allies within council even more hurtful.

I'm Standing Up To The Trump Supporters In My Facebook Feed

BLUNTmoms | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada Living
BLUNTmoms

I see you. I see you lurking in the periphery of my Facebook feed, posting pro-Trump rhetoric and awful hate speech. I mean, you aren't saying the things presidential candidate Donald Trump is, but you are sharing them. You are siding with him. I could have blocked you. I could have hidden your posts from my view, or I could have just defriended you. But I didn't, and I won't.

The Rest Of The World Needs A Backup Plan If Trump Wins

Abubakar Kasim | Posted 03.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Abubakar Kasim

Building progress and trust, as the U.S. did, takes a long time to accomplish far more than constructing a building. But Trump will help destroy such progress if he is elected as the president of the United States. All the respect and admiration the world used to have towards this great country will vanish into thin air.

Hollywood's Issue With Diversity Goes Beyond The Oscars Boycott

ByBlacks.com | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Living
ByBlacks.com

There aren't enough movies being made with Black actors, which is why we are outnumbered on nomination day. We need to hold the industry accountable for not creating more opportunities for Black actors, not funding Black films and making silly excuses like the financial bottom line.

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.

Why Canadians Aren't Always so Kind

Reeha Korpal | Posted 08.02.2016 | 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.

How to Tackle Religious Prejudice

Maëlle Turbide | Posted 10.06.2014 | Canada Living
Maëlle Turbide

We need social reflection on the topic of religion to be able to separate superstition, fanaticism, and ignorance from legitimate expressions of religion. In learning about what true religion is, we can benefit from what it can contribute towards the progress of humanity and curb acts of ignorance and fundamentalism that are carried out in its name.

How To Stop Judging Others

Dr. Sara T | Posted 08.18.2014 | Canada Alberta
Dr. Sara T

As you progress through medical training, you can often become a bit cynical and jaded, and next thing you know, you start making assumptions when you walk into a room. Unfortunately, we have all been guilty of passing judgment at some point in time. How can we stop ourselves, and others, from passing judgment?

Is Homophobia a Religious or a Psychological Issue?

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada Living
Roger Covin, Ph.D

Historically, prejudice of any kind could be freely expressed with few repercussions (emotional, legal, or otherwise) so long as there was a reasonable justification. Religion has often served as the justification, and has therefore facilitated an array of prejudice, from racism to sexism to homophobia. Over time, the use of religious beliefs to justify prejudice has tended to decline, but still persists -- especially when it comes to homosexuality.

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.

How I Told Gay Youth It Gets Better

Donald D'Haene | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada Impact
Donald D'Haene

A couple of years ago, the Learning Coordinator for Safe Schools asked me if I would be a keynote speaker at their annual Gay Straight Alliance Conference under the theme: It Gets Better. Here's what I said.

What is the True Measure of a Man?

Donald D'Haene | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Donald D'Haene

One of my childhoods was happy. The B&W movies projected on our small TV screen, more often than not, contradicted the drama I was living in my own home movie reels. But there were exceptions. In fact, the images of our television's B&W movies were very real to me. Sidney Poitier was one of those images, and thankfully, he made repeat appearances.

Behind the Headlines: What Your Flight Attendant Really Thinks of You

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.30.2012 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

We travel an average of 300 days per year and always thought no one cares what we wear on airplanes. Until Fox News online posted Flight attendant confessions. It surprised us to learn that the men and women who work the friendly skies are sizing us up so superficially beneath their neck scarves.

Is Tintin Racist?

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

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