Islamophobia has been an issue here in Canada, long before Donald Trump. Although the country is home to more than one million Muslims, more than half of Canadians have an "unfavourable" view of Islam, according to a 2013 Angus Reid Global poll.
Adrienne Martin is a graduate of Carleton University's journalism program. Though she is currently pursuing a career in public relations, she also blogs full-time. You can read her blog at www.accordingtoadrienne.ca
In looking back on the political disaster of a U.S. election, I still find myself asking, "How did we get here?" It's a topic that has been written about at length since the night of November 8 when together, hatred, fear, racism and bigotry, won the American presidency. And still, despite the countless political analyses, panel discussions and expert interviews, I continuously find myself searching for suitable answers. Unsuccessfully.
01/20/2017 03:21 EST
Four years after the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and the emergence of BLM both as a political and social movement, the Christian church has largely failed to advocate for the lives of black people. At times silent and at others deliberately distancing itself from BLM, the church has sent a clear message: Black lives do not matter.
10/05/2016 01:14 EDT
In the five years since the uprising-turned-civil-war, the Syrian conflict has become the "biggest humanitarian crisis of our time." The United Nations estimates more than 250,000 people have been killed (this figure is widely disputed among various international organizations), while another 6.6. million have been internally displaced.
09/12/2016 02:25 EDT
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.
08/16/2016 10:29 EDT
In death, Bland has become something of a poster child for police violence against black women. But on the anniversary of her death -- and every day to come -- her name and the names of the countless other black women who have been killed should be remembered.
07/13/2016 10:53 EDT
Equal Pay Day is great in principle but in practice, it's both ineffective and powerless to enact the real change working women need. While I as a woman--not to mention, a woman of a visible minority who's inordinately affected by any such wage gap -- openly encourages discussions of inequality, discrimination and sexism, I'm reluctant to engage in a dialogue that sparks interest just once a year.
04/13/2016 03:27 EDT
Critics of the international movement have called it discriminatory and racist, citing it as an attempt to prioritize black lives over all others ("It's not just black lives -- all lives matter!"). And perhaps most significantly, many have accused the organization of inciting hatred and violence against police. Though these assumptions are completely false, the discovery of a co-founder's tweet talking about killing white people does nothing to quell these criticisms. Rather, it simply adds fuel to an already raging fire.
04/06/2016 11:35 EDT
As feminists, we must realize we cannot have it both ways; we can't fight for our own to achieve equality and success, but then criticize them once they have found it. Furthermore, we cannot hold women to an invisible standard not outlined for anyone else. After all, would we reprimand a male lawyer who is also a father for defending an alleged child molester? I doubt it.
03/31/2016 09:49 EDT
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