Race

What a Wrongful Birth Lawsuit Can Teach Us About Race

Charmaine Nelson | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada Living
Charmaine Nelson

A lesbian couple was informed that their egg had been inseminated not with the desired sperm of the white, blonde-haired, blue-eyed donor, but with that of the black male, the result of a clerical error. Where the outrage has ensued is with the couple's $50,000 wrongful birth lawsuit.

Police Brutality is a Global Phenomenon

Murtaza Haider | Posted 10.20.2014 | Canada
Murtaza Haider

Months have passed since the attack in Lahore, and the police have not yet laid charges. The lack of social justice is a recipe for disaster, chaos, and mob rule. The scenes from Islamabad and Ferguson, Missouri, are indeed two manifestations of the same problem. Toronto has escaped riots because its citizens hold dear the principles of social justice and equality.

Should Canadian Celebrities Welcome Controversy?

D.K. Latta | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada
D.K. Latta

It seems like you can barely turn around without some celebrity or public figure saying something racially or sexually offensive. But it's unusual when it involves a Canadian entertainer. Recently there was a minor explosion when Canadian TV executive Brent Piaskoski sent out a series of comical tweets ridiculing the behaviour of some Asian commuters at an airport.

Dear Whoopi: Black Canadians Take the N-Word Just as Seriously as You

Giselle Phelps | Posted 08.06.2014 | Canada Living
Giselle Phelps

The same issues of white versus black racism aren't as deeply woven into Canadian society. Think this is what Whoopi was trying to get at. But racism and discrimination still exist. It has the same purpose it has in the U.S. Just because it's coming out of the mouth of a Canadian doesn't change its meaning or context. People in Canada still want to touch a black woman's braids with amazement and wonder. Canadian cities have pockets of poor community housing disproportionately populated by blacks. The racial issues are still there. They're just served up on a different platter, because it's a different country, with a different history.

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.

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.

The Problem With Black History Month

Bianca Pang | Posted 06.04.2014 | Canada
Bianca Pang

The amazing thing about our country is that we're still young. Compared to other countries we're like barely-legal young. We're still losing our baby teeth, learning how to walk, working out the kinks and growing into our clothes. And from what I see, the core of what Canadian-ness is, is multiculturalism. So I have problem with Black History Month, and the reason is this: I don't believe we should assign one month out of the year (and the shortest month, mind you) to one race. Why? Because although, yes, it brings awareness to the history and celebrates its triumphs, it sets them apart from the norm, reiterating this whole notion of "otherness."

Same Same But Different: Growing Up As A Brown Girl in Canada

Jugni Style | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada Living
Jugni Style

Lupita Nyong'o's moving speeches, the Dark is Beautiful campaign in India, and Anita Majumdar's play, Same Same But Different, have me in a different frame of mind as we approach International Women's Day. I'm not just thinking about women's rights and battles. I'm thinking about what it means to be a woman of colour in Canada.

Don't Get Why People Are Mad at Jerry Seinfeld? Listen Up

D.K. Latta | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada TV
D.K. Latta

Instead of Jerry Seinfeld acknowledging that people want his world to include them, he came out swinging with accusations of "political correctness" and insisting the sole factor in who got on the show was who was "funny" (thereby implying, whether deliberate or not, there aren't very many funny non-white comedians).

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.

Canada's Top Themed Running Events

Marissa Schroder | Posted 10.13.2013 | Canada Living
Marissa Schroder

They're the perfect antidote to the 5K blahs. Themed runs are popping up all across the country, offering runners a fresh, exciting and fun alternative to the local 5K race scene. From running on the ocean floor to being chased by zombies, we've compiled a list of Canada's most interesting, fun and festive races.

Why We're Still Talking About the Zimmerman Verdict

Farzana Hassan | Posted 10.01.2013 | Canada
Farzana Hassan

The fact that the George Zimmerman verdict is still drawing huge controversy is telling of the deeply-rooted pathologies that still plague American so...

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 Isn't Just An American Thing

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 09.14.2013 | Canada
Elizabeth Hawksworth

Canadians gloss over our bloody history in order to pretend that we're better than the rest of the world, that racism isn't an issue here. It's only not an issue if you're not a person of colour. It's only not an issue if you've never had to watch your children grow up and battle their own skin colour in order to live. It's only not an issue if you're not someone like Trayvon Martin, walking in a neighbourhood where he looked suspicious because he was black.

Being The White Guy in The Picture

Seb FoxAllen | Posted 08.18.2013 | Canada
Seb FoxAllen

Today, The Rosedale Club -- which has no formal website, instead operating through personal tweets, Facebook event pages, and a Gmail address -- announced that their next meeting would be held on July 1, and feature "guest of honour" Conrad Black. Inevitably, critiques culminated in the all-too-familiar refrain: "What's with all the white guys?"

Why These Five "Solutions" Won't End Rape Culture

Anupreet Sandhu Bhamra | Posted 06.24.2013 | Canada Living
Anupreet Sandhu Bhamra

Last month, I wrote how patriarchy and racism give birth to rape culture, not a drunk woman or her miniskirt. But it is baffling to see the dialogue outside of these platforms going off on a tangent, in random directions. This needs to stop, now. Here are five "solutions" that aren't stopping rape culture.

When Hockey Icon Crossed Paths With Vancouver Immigrant History

Naveen Girn | Posted 05.23.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Naveen Girn

Pressured by his in-laws to find a respectable occupation, Vancouver Millionaire's star player Fred "Cyclone" Taylor had a summer job that connected him with one of the most iconic historical moments in Canadian history -- the arrival of the Komagata Maru.

Five Tips for Travelling Marathoners

Travelzoo | Posted 05.22.2013 | Canada
Travelzoo

The race schedule across the country is always full, with biggies like the Boston Marathon this April to the New York Marathon in November. Traveling for a race? Several Travelzoo Deal Experts are seasoned marathon veterans and have shared these tips.

Watching the Watchdog: Jimmy Breslin, I Salute You

Tim Knight | Posted 12.19.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

A man I taught to write for TV wins a Pulitzer Prize a while back. This man wins the Pulitzer because be writes about ordinary women and men -- people like you and me -- as if we are the most important people in all the world. The man's name is Jimmy Breslin. He writes a column for the New York Daily News and is all of 82 years old this week.

If You Can't Say the N-Word, Use Quotes?

Tony Kondaks | Posted 12.09.2012 | Canada
Tony Kondaks

In speculating that Obama may have been rattled by the release a few days earlier of Carlson's Obama tape, on which he employs a noticeable African-American cadence and accent to a largely African-American audience, The Daily Beast's Andrew Sullivan wrote: "...Obama was rattled by Drudge, Carlson and Hannity yelling "Remember he's a nigger!" Has Sullivan used his blog to employ a word that he would like to use but cannot?

How I Realized I Was Part Black

Dianne Lawrence | Posted 10.31.2012 | Canada
Dianne Lawrence

My second "wow" moment came as I made friends with my black neighbours and they asked me about my racial background. I would tell them I wasn't sure and they would invariably tell me I looked like a family member or a good friend who was considered "high yellow." High yellow blacks often pass for white. So at the age of 29 my identity as a white person ended..

Watching the Watchdog: Maclean's Misses the Mark

Tim Knight | Posted 08.25.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

You'd have thought Maclean's would have blazoned the death of Section 13 all over its front cover. With a massive headline along the lines of "SCREW YOU, CENSORS!!!" Or "WE WON!!!" Instead, the cover featured a generic picture of an innocuous youngish woman and an innocuous youngish man grinning maniacally and the silly headline: "The majority of us are singles. So why do we still live in a couples world?"

9/11: Women In The Fight Against Discrimination

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 11.11.2011 | Canada Living

Wasan Mohamad was in her Hamilton, Ont. apartment building elevator when she noticed a disturbing scrawl of yellow chalk: “Kill Muslim Dogs.” ...

Is President Obama a Sellout?

Amarnath Amarasingam | Posted 07.30.2011 | Canada
Amarnath Amarasingam

Princeton professor Cornel West's full-frontal assault on Obama is deeply unfair and disturbing. Such statements drip with condescension and signal that accusations of Obama not being "black enough" may resurface during 2012.