Canada Racism

I'm Leaving Edmonton Civic Politics Aside To Campaign To End Racism

Danisha Bhaloo | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Alberta
Danisha Bhaloo

Running for Edmonton City Council this year, and failing, was the best thing that ever happened to me... because I had the ultimate realization. Politics was not my thing. Now, I say this very intently knowing that I never want to close a door in the future. But that statement has put me so much at ease that I know it's the right thing for me.

Blue Jays Must Crack Down On Fans Who Throw Racist Slurs, Not Just Beer Cans

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 10.19.2016 | Canada Living
Joshua Ostroff

That Toronto Blue Jays fans can act like British football hooligans is bad enough, but this bad behaviour becomes far worse when fans resort to racism. Now maybe the Blue Jays didn't want to deal with their own racist fans just before they had to face off against a Cleveland team with a racist name and mascot. But now that the post-season is over for the Blue Jays, this needs to be addressed, and it needs to be addressed immediately.

Cleveland, It's Time To Drop Your Racist Logo

Bernie Farber | Posted 10.20.2016 | Canada
Bernie Farber

Thanks perhaps to our own anguish over the last few years as we emerged from that dark tunnel where we finally began to understand the harm we have caused Canada's Indigenous people over the last 100 years, many Canadians are prepared to stand with First Nations in this fight.

Black Woman Doctor Told By Flight Crew They Need An 'Actual Physician'

The Huffington Post Canada | Chloe Tejada | Posted 10.15.2016 | Canada Living

"Mind blown. Blood boiling."

Toronto Raptors Bring 'Black Lives Matter' Anthem Protest To Canada

CP | Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.03.2016 | Canada Living

The Raptors said earlier this week that they planned to join the growing chorus of pro athletes speaking out against police brutality.

Alberta Portrait Project Challenges Aboriginal Stereotypes

The Huffington Post Alberta | Sarah Rieger | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada Alberta

"It’s showing the human side of these models."

9-Year-Old Delivers Tearful Speech On 'Shame' Of Police Shootings

CP | Emery P. Dalesio, Tom Foreman Jr. And Jay Reeves, The Associated Press | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada

Many were brought to tears by the comments of Zianna Oliphant, a child who needed a stool to be seen over the lectern.

Turban-Tying Event Fights Racism Against The Sikh Community

The Huffington Post Alberta | Sarah Rieger | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada Alberta

"I mean, people don't realize, but the name 'Sikh' actually means 'to learn.'"

Fellow Gay White Men: Our Experience With Police Isn't The Norm

Aeryn Pfaff | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada Living
Aeryn Pfaff

Since Black Lives Matter Toronto's sit-in during Pride 2016, many of you have shown woeful levels of misunderstanding of where our community as a whole sits with the police. I've heard several of you say that the police don't pose a threat to LGBT people, because we've made "progress." "The bathhouse raids were 35 years ago. Everything is fine now between LGBT people and the police!" is how the argument goes, as if conflict between police and LGBT people is a thing of the past. What you mean to say is that your battle for your rights (which did not include an agenda for LGBT people of colour) was already hard fought decades ago.

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maryam Monsef?

Rachel Décoste | Posted 09.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

After reporters revealed the mismatch between Minister Maryam Monsef's stated and actual birthplaces, a politically-motivated "outrage" ensued. Did she purposely mislead her colleagues, her constituents? Was she a fraud? Could her Canadian citizenship be revoked?

Diversity Requires Effort For All Canadians

Raj Grewal | Posted 09.23.2016 | Canada Politics
Raj Grewal

Discrimination still exists and the racist posters that surfaced across the University of Alberta campus this week were a reminder of that fact. The posters featured a picture of a Sikh man and disparaging captions targeting Sikh values. As a turban-wearing Sikh, the hatred and ignorance that motivates such material is very close to home for me and the broader Sikh community.

How Will It Look When It's Time For Me To Die On Camera?

Mike Sholars | Posted 09.23.2016 | Canada Living
Mike Sholars

I watch him go down from the one-two punch of a Taser and several gunshots to the body. I don't know why they followed up a successful non-lethal takedown with lethal force, but I'm not a police officer. If you were to take every single piece of shaky cam and mobile phone footage showing police officers killing unarmed or complying Black people and splice them together, you'd have a horror movie. Or a snuff film. When it's time for me to die on camera, how will it look? Who will film me? What small physical imperfection, what inadvertent stumble will be the reason I'm murdered on a jittery impulse?

Joshua Ostroff

Actor Targeted By Racists Turns Ugly Moment Into A Movement | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada Alberta

Make It Awkward is a conversation about what's acceptable and what's not acceptable.

The Best Canadian Value Is Not Putting Up With Crap

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 09.19.2016 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

As the former director of education for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, I have had to stand up for the rights of people I don't like very much, people who say and write things that I had hoped never to hear or read. But I have also taken the opportunity to let them know that, just because I will fight for their right to free expression, I have no intention of respecting what it is they say or represent. I am going to use MY free speech to let the ugly, abusive, and racist people out there know that they are wrong.

Solidarity Between Minorities Is The Only Way To Beat Racism

Jack Jedwab | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Living
Jack Jedwab

When stigma is attached to a community, there appear fewer persons ready to come to the defence of the targeted group. In part, members of other communities see such support as a partisan issue. Others fear that such defence will result in their being associated with the group that is deemed unpopular.

Trump And Clinton's Divided House Threatens Their Entire Country

Glen Pearson | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

When civilized society feels OK about demonizing others in the name of tolerance, you have a problem that doesn't necessarily require Donald Trump to become president to alienate much of the population. When the politics of resentment comes from the Left, the Right, and even the Centre, the road to democratic decline appears like an open freeway.

'Died Like A Pig' Outrage Raises Questions For Chinese Canadians

Karen Lin | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Living
Karen Lin

When Byron MacDonald said a 14-year-old Chinese swimmer "died like a pig" during the course of the women's 4 X 200m swimming relay race at the Rio Olympics, it created an uproar in the Chinese community here. Some felt he was a downright racist.

Airline Pulls Mag Warning Readers About 'Indians, Black People'

CP | Louise Watt, The Associated Press | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Business

Racist article was an "editing mistake."

Racial Slurs Hurled At Edmonton Actor Filming Ad

The Huffington Post Alberta | Sarah Rieger | Posted 09.01.2016 | Canada Alberta

"... almost every person of colour has dealt with things like this before."

Why Haven't There Been More Protests Like Colin Kaepernick's?

Jason Najum | Posted 09.01.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Najum

Over the last few years there has been a steady stream of disturbing videos showing minorities being gunned down by the people meant to protect them, most without any sort of criminal consequences for the shooter. Add all this to the horrible history of racism in America and it's no wonder that someone from that community would want to take a stand. Yet it happens so rarely.

Controversial Band's Calgary Show Back On, Despite Outcry

The Huffington Post Alberta | Sarah Rieger | Posted 08.30.2016 | Canada Alberta

"They assert that their band name is not intended to be derogatory."

Black Women Online Suffer Through A Unique Misogynist Hell | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Living

In a male-dominated world, being an outspoken woman with thoughts and opinions you wish to share with others is still seen as offensive. Societal norms remind us that women continue to play a subsidiary role to men. The mantra, "speak only when you are spoken to" holds true to the relentless backlash that women receive when they are perceived as being bossy or arrogant, just for stating an opinion. However, there is a special kind of misogyny that Black women experience online. The kind that has sought out Leslie Jones in an effort to destroy her image and devalue her self-worth.

Calgary Mom Told To 'Go Back To Your F**king Country' For Wearing Hijab

The Huffington Post Alberta | Sarah Rieger | Posted 08.24.2016 | Canada Alberta

She had to call police.

Rio 2016 Is For Black Women And All Their Magic

Adrienne Martin | Posted 08.17.2016 | Canada Living
Adrienne Martin

While successful black female athletes have come before them, their latest achievements are perhaps the sweetest victory yet. For many black children, access to competitive sports remains a significant barrier in chasing their Olympic dreams.

Muslims Must Speak Out To Let The World Know Black Lives Matter

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 08.09.2016 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

The Prophet spent time uprooting the deep-rooted racism against black people. He admonished Muslims to be careful for the people of Paradise include black persons including Negus, Bilaal and Luqman. However, just as the black Companion Bilaal faced discrimination, black Muslims continue to face discrimination in Muslim spaces.