It benefits us all to be honest with ourselves and recognize that adopted in 1971, enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982 and further enacted in law in 1988, Canadian multiculturalism is a socio-economic failure that now stains our national mosaic. There is nothing new in pointing out the failure(s) of multiculturalism. However, what has yet to be engaged as a public conversation is the consideration that, as our society's seeping open secret, the socio-economic failure of multiculturalism is what explains the festering phenomenon of black support for Rob Ford.
Lawyer and author of "The Universal Charter on Media Representations of Black Peoples"
Born to parents of Jamaican heritage, Anthony Morgan is a bilingual Canadian who was born and raised in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). <br> <br> Currently based in the GTA, Anthony enjoys thinking, publicly speaking and blogging about Canadian social and political affairs, Caribbean diaspora politics and the politics of Canadian multiculturalism. In the summer of 2013 he authored <a href="http://charteronblacksinmedia.wordpress.com/" rel="nofollow">The Universal Charter of Media Representations of Black Peoples</a> . The <em>Charter</em> was drafted as a tool for public education and awareness on the impact of the media on Black lives and experiences, as well as a tool for community organizing and advocacy against all forms of anti-Black biases and racism in the media. <br> <br> In addition to holding an LL.B and B.C.L. from McGill University, Faculty of Law, he holds an Hons. BA from the University of Toronto in Ethics, Society & Law.
Recently, the Guardian published an article titled "Why I hate being a black man" by a Canadian writer. No similarly prominent Canadian media outlets have provided a much-needed black male Canadian's reaction to the piece. The deafening silence is curious, telling and typically Canadian.
11/18/2013 01:21 EST
Tomee Sojourner -- a Black, lesbian, management consultant with a clean-shaven hairdo -- has filed a complaint of judicial bias after she she was consistently referred to as a male throughout a Montreal Rental Board hearing. The importance of this case goes beyond its immediate legal issues.
08/06/2013 05:19 EDT
Are race relations in Canada so much further advanced than in the US that the Trayvon Martin tragedy would never happen here? I'm not so sure. As troubling as it is to face, the Canadian version of the Zimmerman-Martin horror would actually look something like the following scenario: Zimmerman is a South-Asian or Asian male. Trayvon is an Indigenous teen girl who was simply walking to her home in one of Canada's upper-middle-class suburban neighbourhoods. She is brutalized and dumped on the side of the road afterwards. And the Canadian public doesn't bat an eye.
07/29/2013 08:08 EDT
In a recent op-ed, Wente trashes French immersion and ultimately suggests the program should be rolled back to the status of a restricted luxury good to be enjoyed by a privileged, lottery-winning few. In a fight against the momentum of generational poverty, my parents deployed different strategies with me and my siblings so that we would not have to grow up restricted to the world of narrow and depressing options that were surrounded by in our troubled neighbourhood. For me, they decided that French immersion would be my ticket out: I thank God every day for their foresight and wisdom.
02/06/2013 12:04 EST
<img alt="2013-02-01-FERGIEJENKINSBANNER.jpg" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2013-02-01-FERGIEJENKINSBANNER.jpg" width="300" height="60" /> "Canadian Judge Frees North Carolina Negro." This is the title of a <em>New York Times</em> article published on March 3, 1922. The "North Carolina Negro" being referred to is Matthew Bullock. This is his story.
02/04/2013 05:29 EST
<img alt="2013-02-01-FERGIEJENKINSBANNER.jpg" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2013-02-01-FERGIEJENKINSBANNER.jpg" width="300" height="60" /> This story is written in honour and recognition of a Canadian hero: Canada's first black university graduate and our country's first black lawyer, Robert Sutherland (1830-1878). Today, Mr. Robert Sutherland's legacy lives on through a memorial room at Queen's University and scholarships established in his name.
02/01/2013 05:08 EST
Our country now mourns the passing of a great Canadian hero, Lincoln Macauley Alexander. He died on Friday October 19th, 2012 at the age of 90. Reading the many tributes to this outstanding Canadian makes it clear that Alexander's exemplary life was lived as an emphatic declaration that blackness and Canadianness can seamlessly exist in synergetic harmony, and that there is a black experience that is inextricably and simultaneously a Canadian experience. Indeed the passing of this legendary black Canadian should encourage us all to live lives that would leave us similarly criticized for our expressed concerns for the lot of the average Canadian, black and otherwise.
10/22/2012 05:21 EDT
Canada has lost one of its fiercest, most uncompromising, contentious and passionate pursuers of justice and equality, Mr. Charles Roach. On October 2, Roach passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Of all his pursuits for a fairer and more just society, however, the most controversial of Roach's advocacy efforts was his push, since 1988, to get a Canadian court to recognize that it is a violation of individuals' constitutionally guaranteed freedom of conscience to require prospective Canadians to swear an oath of allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II.
10/04/2012 02:42 EDT
On a recent radio segment, Doug Ford boldly proclaimed, "There's no one that helps black youth more than Rob Ford," followed by, "These are kids who have nothing." If Mayor Ford really does hold the view that the black youths he helps have "nothing" without his football program, he is only furthering the sentiment that no matter how hard black people and communities work, they still have "nothing" if their hard work and perseverance is not supported by a white saviour.
09/18/2012 08:01 EDT
"...Nova Scotia Premier, Darrell Dexter, does not care about black people." As hyperbolic as that statement is, dumbfounded à la Kanye West was my initial disposition after reading articles I recently came across chronicling a brewing controversy in Nova Scotia's current electoral reform process.
07/14/2012 12:37 EDT
There are many misconceptions about black Canadians and where they "belong." For this reason, I am a strong supporter of the Toronto District School Board's (TDSB) decision to open an Africentric high school for this coming September. What better institution than our public schools to dispel the widely held misconceptions that black people are inherently violent, criminal, loud, aggressive, hyper-sexed, unintelligent and lazy?
07/03/2012 03:18 EDT
In a speech recently delivered in Westminster, a UK MP, Chuka Umunna, shook conventional assessments of urban gangs by focusing on the "entrepreneurial zeal" that drives gang members and their illicit activities. In light of the recent Eaton Centre shootings, our Canadian politicians seem to have largely adopted the position that those involved in gangs are hopelessly and permanently corrupted.
06/29/2012 12:00 EDT
To many individuals and families around the world, Canada is rightfully regarded as a resettlement destination that offers immigrants and new Canadians a range of freedom. Why then, is there a legal obligation for individuals to take a solemn oath of allegiance to faithfully serve the Queen, her heirs and successors in order to gain full access to the democratic protections of Canadian citizenship?
06/01/2012 11:21 EDT
In a recent article, Rex Murphy characterized affirmative action as "an inequity in itself," "hollow" and "false." I, on the other hand, think that the CBC commentator's call for a more open debate on affirmative action is important. Affirmative action is to our society what the CBC is to television and radio broadcasting in Canada.
05/15/2012 12:03 EDT
As tough as it is to face, the truth is that too many of the Toronto's policies targeting guns and gang violence have been of little more than symbolic value, and of minimal effect in the communities most closely affected by this urban scourge. Rob Ford is running a Toronto where shootings for 2012 are now reported to be up more than 54.7 per cent over since the same period in 2011.
05/11/2012 06:08 EDT
After being asked a question about cuts to the aboriginal community, the Health Minister responded the line of questioning was "unacceptable." If we take seriously the logic underlying this reaction, we are forbidden to question the Minister on her decisions related to aboriginal communities, merely because she is an aboriginal person herself.
04/26/2012 01:49 EDT
So why do so few Canadians know about this exceptional leader? Because he's black? Well, yes, that's part of it. The other important reasons have to do with how little we as Canadians collectively value, and promote, Canadian civic literacy, and embrace a citizenship that is duty-oriented.
04/19/2012 11:13 EDT
It is highly unlikely that MP John Williamson would have debased King and the Civil Rights Movement's legacy if he knew that he'd have to answer to an effectively critical and vocal mass of politically engaged black community members. But alas, such a politically engaged and formally implicated political class of black Canadians does not yet exist.
04/10/2012 12:24 EDT
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