On April 20, 2015, Deputy Chief Mark Saunders became the first Black man to lead the Toronto Police Service (TPS), the country’s largest police force.
It’s always darkest before the dawn, or so the old saying goes. And for my fellow early birds who know – those pre-dawn hours in all their darkness, is also the time when the most work can and should be done – if and only if we’re awake at that crucial hour.
Despite not being a fan of Internet back-and-forths, I have recently found myself engaging, often online, a number of well-meaning people (including self-titled White allies and other Black folk) who are convinced that the collective upset in Black communities following the non-indictment of Darren Wilson is overdone, when in fact it is not.
Dear members of the Canadian Black Caucus, we are the women of the Black Women’s Caucus of the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape (TRCC/MWAR). We are a community of women that commune together based on our shared oppressions that we have and currently experience throughout our lives, in the workplace, within society and in our homes.
In 1967 a white man in Virginia, named Loving, sued the state of Virginia for the right to marry a Black woman.
Ferguson Missouri will be remembered the way Money, Mississippi is remembered by Africans in America---a small town where a Black boy was killed and whose death galvanized a movement.
Another year, the end of another Caribana weekend. The glitz, the bedazzled outfits, the feather head dresses, waists gyrating in the hot Toronto sun, and Rob Ford.
Yesterday, I had an unpleasant encounter with Mayor Rob Ford at Ribfest. I shook his hand and asked him if he was going to apologize for referring to African Canadians as "niggers,"