Canada Racism

Harper's Use of Fear as a Political Strategy Is Very Familiar

Adam Bunch | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Adam Bunch

"Fear is not a policy. It is not an election platform," Stephen Lewis, the former NDP leader, recently declared during a campaign speech. "Using fear to get power suggests a deep and abiding cynicism." It does. But it can also be an effective strategy. It has been for centuries. It distracts.

It Is Not Just Black Men Who Matter

Andrea Anderson | Posted 09.27.2015 | Canada Living
Andrea Anderson

Women of colour who have spoken most openly and fervently on behalf of their male family and community members are often at the forefront of the debate surrounding police misconduct. Yet, women have also been victimized by the police and often in precisely the same ways as men -- police stops, shootings and racial profiling.

Justin Trudeau Linked 'Certain Types Of Music' To Misogyny, And It Wasn't Well Received

The Huffington Post Canada | Al Donato | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada Living

Commenters on Twitter say Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau evoked anti-black stereotypes at last night’s Up For Debate, a panel discussion with four fe...

Summit Attempts To Tackle Winnipeg's Racism Problem

The Huffington Post Alberta | Sarah Rieger | Posted 09.17.2015 | Canada Alberta

Winnipeg has frequently been accused of being Canada's most racist city.

White People Do NOT Need Their Own Special Clubs | Posted 09.17.2015 | Canada Living

On a continent where people of colour have been, and continue to be, terrorized, dehumanized, brutally murdered and denied basic human rights based on the colour of their skin, a grievance white people have not experienced, white people don't need to come together to lend moral and emotional support for their brethren in the same way people of colour do. So knowing that some racist folks are hell bent on creating "safe" spaces to fight the "tyranny" of multiculturalism, I'm left with only one question: If white people are losing in our country, who the hell is winning?

Racism Allegations Plague LGBT Resource Centre

The Huffington Post Alberta | Sarah Rieger | Posted 09.15.2015 | Canada Alberta

Now, as of Sept. 15, only one board member remains at the organization as all others have resigned.

Stephen Harper's Islamophobia Is a Product of Canadian Muslim Apathy

Aurangzeb Qureshi | Posted 09.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Aurangzeb Qureshi

We have seen how "Islamicism" has become a convenient tool for the government to employ a more aggressive foreign policy. Although it's easy for Canadian Muslims to lay blame on the Conservatives and Stephen Harper for such discriminatory and exploitative tactics (and doing so would be justifiable), it would also be disingenuous. The current situation is simply a culmination of years of political apathy from the Muslim community whose voter turnout is consistently below the national average.

The 'Angry Black Woman' Stereotype Is Justifying Police Brutality

Eternity E Martis | Posted 08.13.2015 | Canada Living
Eternity E Martis

Recent police attacks on black women have been vicious, brutal and savage, often justified by police departments and arresting officers through the excuse that these black women were "angry" -- argumentative and sarcastic smart asses, talking back and full of attitude.

Why Canadians Aren't Always so Kind

Reeha Korpal | Posted 08.02.2015 | 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.

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 | Posted 07.13.2015 | Canada Politics

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 | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Living

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 08.10.2015 | 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 08.10.2015 | 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.