Canada Racism

Breaking Down 5 Misconceptions About Muslims

Saqib Qureshi | Posted 07.24.2015 | Canada
Saqib Qureshi

In both the U.S. and Canada, Muslims face real scrutiny, fanned by politicians out to earn xenophobic votes and media folk out to sell copies. North American society, on both sides of the border, needs to get to grips with five key misconceptions if it wants to contribute to a clean, prejudice-free society.

Why I'm Tired Of Being Told Black People Need to fix Our Communities

ByBlacks.com | Posted 07.13.2015 | Canada Politics
ByBlacks.com

It seems every time a black person becomes a horrific hashtag that reignites the dire need of structural change in a system that doesn't prioritize black lives as important or equal, there's always a large contingent of folks ready to utter the same ignorant retort of, "Black people need to fix their/our communities FIRST, before worrying about [insert extreme act of racism here]." This bullshit trope is quickly reeled out by non-black people who are uncomfortable with acknowledging the factually disproportionate racism that we suffer from everyday.

It's Time to Lower the Confederate Flag for Good

Marcia Sirota | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Marcia Sirota

It's a very bad time for racism in the United States. It would make sense to work toward lowering the level of racial tension in the country, rather than inflaming it. It's one thing to honour the fallen soldiers of the American civil war, but it's another thing altogether to insist on waving a flag that to so many, represents violence, hatred and oppression toward African Americans.

Little Girl Subjected To Racial Slurs Receives Love From Around The World

The Huffington Post Canada | Julianna McDermott | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Parents

Three-year-old Samara was told she shouldn't dress as Queen Elsa, "because she's black" and "black is ugly." The world steps up to brighten her day in the best way possible.

This Is What It's Like to Be a Black Teacher in Ontario

ByBlacks.com | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Living
ByBlacks.com

A group called the Ontario Alliance of Black School Educators set out to complete the first ever comprehensive survey of black teachers in the province, specifically the racism they face. The survey was only able to reach 148 teachers, but the insight they were able to provide is shocking to those who have no idea what it's really like to be a black teacher.

Environmental Activists Should Not Be Targets of Harassment and Hatred

David Suzuki | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

I've spoken to thousands of environmental and community activists during many years of meeting with Canadians across this country. I've heard too many stories of people being harassed, ostracized, sued for standing up to large corporations and even fired from jobs because of their environmental advocacy. Canadians must continue to speak out for our water, land, air and wildlife, for justice for Indigenous Peoples, and for a clean energy future -- without fear of harassment, intimidation and hatred.

Tell Us What Keeps You Up At Night

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Politics

With the country ramping up for a federal election in the fall, it's high time to talk about what is most important to Canadians as we go forward as a nation.

Fairness Falls Short: Carding Continues Across Canada

Rachel Décoste | Posted 06.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

In a stunning about-face enlightened evolution, Toronto Mayor John Tory announced the end of carding in his city this week. As the congratulatory backslapping spread across Hogtown, the rest of the province and the rest of the country is left eating dust. For us, carding carries on. To eradicate carding in Canada, this case must be heard in the highest courts. Judges must remind all citizens, including mayors, premiers and prime-ministerial hopefuls, that equality and fairness are more than filatures for flowery speeches

Young Boys Share Stories About Growing Up Black

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Living

It's 2015, and racism is far from eradicated. In the short but powerful documentary above from the New York Times, a group of boys between the ages...

Kathleen Wynne Is a Champion For Women and LGBT Groups But No One Else

Rachel Décoste | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

Ontario Premier Wynne ascended to power by winning over the small clique of Liberal Party members who can afford leadership conference fees and travel expenses. Both Ontario women and LGBT communities rejoiced at this opportunity to have, for the first time, one their own at the seat of power. People of colour and hijab-wearing Muslim-Canadian women face acute harassment that falls outside the sort explicitly described in Wynne's plan. As a candidate, Wynne reached out to visible minorities on her way to the mountain top. Then she forgot about them.

Whitewashing in Media Made Me Self-Conscious About Being Chinese

Calvin Dao | Posted 05.31.2015 | Canada Living
Calvin Dao

I started to wish I was white. I didn't necessarily want to not be Chinese. I just wanted to look like the celebrities in the movies I watched. The online outrage at the casting of Quvenzhané Wallis in the titular role in Annie, and the simultaneous approval or silent passivity at that of Jake Gyllenhaal as the lead in The Prince of Persia, Rooney Mara as a Native American girl in Pan and Scarlett Johansson as a Japanese woman in Ghost in the Shell teaches people of colour that being white opens doors that'll always be closed to us. While I'm glad to see that people are more outspoken about diversity nowadays, there are bodies like the Academy that continue to try and mute their voices. This is inadequate for our multicultural society.

Canada's TV News Networks Have a Diversity Problem

Rachel Décoste | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

CBC Television went national in 1958. The CTV Television Network followed three years later. Both TV networks have grown into a Canadian staples. Over a half century, consumer habits have changed. But have the networks evolved with the changing face of the viewership? The best Canadian content is the one which reflects the full spectrum of the Canadian identity -- before and behind the cameras.

Stephen Harper Does Not Really Care About Women

Davide Mastracci | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Politics
Davide Mastracci

On February 12, Harper vowed to appeal a federal court ruling that would allow Muslim women to wear a niqab during citizenship ceremonies. Speaking to the press about the matter, Harper said, "That is not the way we do things." He added that, "This is a society that is transparent, open and where people are equal, and I think we find that offensive." This is a classic example of opportunistic feminism, which so many white men like to make use of from time to time.

The Truth About Auschwitz

Catherine Chatterley | Posted 04.26.2015 | Canada Impact
Catherine Chatterley

The Antisemitism Institute I direct in Canada received several inquiries about the accuracy of an article published under the provocative title Ukrain...

If Racial Profiling Happens To Doctors At Their Own Hospitals, Who Can Be Safe From It?

Dr. Boluwaji Ogunyemi | Posted 04.19.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dr. Boluwaji Ogunyemi

It would dawn on me that as a young black male in casual street clothes at midnight in the act of placing hospital property into my personal bag, there was a likelihood that she thought I was stealing.

How This Radical Court Ruling Invalidated a Father's Racial Bias

Peter Spiro | Posted 04.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Peter Spiro

The deceased Mr. Spence left his entire estate of $400,000 to his daughter Donna. He cut his daughter Verolin out of his will, reputedly because of racial bias. Madam Justice Gilmore ruled that this offended public policy, and was therefore rendered void. Once there is no will, the law decrees that each child of the deceased receives an equal share of the estate.

Next Time Someone Says 'Canada's Not Racist,' Show Them This Video

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 02.12.2015 | Canada Living

O Canada, embracing multiculturalism hasn't always been an easy ride.

Why News Outlets Should Be Careful Using the Phrase 'Lone Wolf'

Nicole Abi-Najem | Posted 04.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Nicole Abi-Najem

While we should be shocked that these atrocities are committed, we should not be so shocked that they are committed within our borders, because this violence really is not as much of a "lone wolf" attack as we think. We are far more entrenched in this barbarous violence than we would have ourselves believe.

A Month of Black History Does Not Erase a History of Racism

Faisal Kutty | Posted 04.12.2015 | Canada Impact
Faisal Kutty

Over the next few weeks, you will see no shortage of functions organized by historical societies, libraries, and schools dedicated to Black History. You may even catch the corporate giants sponsoring short vignettes on black history, or perhaps a rerun of "Amistad," "Roots" or "Malcolm X." During our school years, we spend months, perhaps years, studying history. Yet, how much importance is given to the history of blacks?

Charlie Hebdo's Cartoons Were Racist, Not Satirical

Hana Shafi | Posted 03.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Hana Shafi

There is no doubt in my mind that what happened to the cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo was an unacceptable tragedy. Nobody should die because of their views.Still, despite the tragedy of the lives lost, I still cannot stand behind the "Je Suis Charlie" slogan. And the automatic herd of people rushing to back the slogan without applying critical thought to it or educating themselves about the publication is a deeply troubling phenomenon.

The Racism Behind #JeSuisCharlie

Julian Vigo | Posted 03.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Julian Vigo

Now a few days after the horrific attack in Paris, hashtag #JeSuisCharlie floats about the Internet as a neoliberal nod of solidarity to those who were killed in yesterday's attack. While I see its good intentions, in the big picture this hashtag serves as a demonstration of alliance with that coveted icon of western identity: freedom of speech. But make no mistake, the reasons the perpetrators carried out this attack were more complex than simply freedom of speech. For what is pitifully lacking in most every media representation of the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo is the historical background of what this attack was about.

Would the Media Freak Out if 50-Somethings Didn't Know Who Kanye Was?

Davide Mastracci | Posted 03.08.2015 | Canada Music
Davide Mastracci

There should be no mistake, it's more embarrassing for an adult to not know Kanye at this point in time than it is for a teen to not know McCartney. White dominance of cultural norms is the only reason click-bait articles decrying the masses of 50-somethings who don't know who Kanye West is aren't being published.

The 10 Most Racist Incidents of 2014: Canadian Edition

Rachel Décoste | Posted 03.05.2015 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

As the year winds down, news readers are treated with a feast of annual compilations. From fashion to finances it is a time to look back at the hits and misses. Here is a compilation of low-lights in racial discrimination the country that coined multiculturalism.

What's Wrong With Whoopi?

Rachel Décoste | Posted 02.18.2015 | Canada Living
Rachel Décoste

Goldberg's most surreal statement is that there is "real" racism -- presumably the overt kind seen in Hollywood period films -- and then there's a form of "ridiculousness" that encompasses racial profiling. Is that like being "half pregnant"?

5 Reasons To Catch Hari Kondabolu In Vancouver December 5

Jugni Style | Posted 02.01.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jugni Style

Hari Kondabolu is performing in Vancouver on Dec. 5, and if it's anything like how his friend, W. Kamau Bell describes it, the concert will be "the equivalent of a punk rock concert that breaks out at a human rights rally." Sounds like our kind of party.