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27 Feb 2019

Black Canadian Activists Pressured To Be ‘Quiet’ Leaders

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In 1971, the Yale professor Robin Winks wrote that Black Canadians wanted “nothing more than to be accepted as quiet Canadians.”

22 Feb 2019

White People Need To Stop Asking Us This Question

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If there’s a single question that haunts all non-white people living in North America, it’s this one: “So, where are you from?”

18 Feb 2019

NAACP’s First Meeting Was Held In Canada But There Were No Canadians There

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The first meeting of what would later become the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) took place in 1905 in Fort Erie near Niagara Falls, Canada. Legendary thinkers such as W.E.B. Du Bois attended.

14 Feb 2019

Black Men Are Privileged — Just Ask Black Women

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“We are socialized to accept less.” This is part of a quote from my friend, Angelina, as we were having a discussion on relationships. She went on to say that as a black woman, she has to give allowances to black men for our bad behaviour. She made it clear that she isn’t the exception, either. That most black women share this mindset.

14 Feb 2019

Is There Room for Black Writers NOT Telling Black Stories?

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We have a responsibility as black writers to share our stories. That’s the new narrative for writers of colour.

14 Feb 2019

The Guilt And Shame That Comes With Being A Teen Parent

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These thoughts have been weighing on my heart and lately, I can’t escape them. As close as my daughter and I are now, as much as we’ve been through together and as much as I know she’s genuinely happy, there’s this constant feeling of guilt and shame that still haunts me.

22 Jan 2019

Black Canadian Women Artists Detangle The Roots Of Black Beauty

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Renowned visual artist Mickalene Thomas has taken over the fifth-floor gallery space of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) with her show “Femmes Noires.”

24 Dec 2018

Disappointment about gifts is good for kids who have enough

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Both the Santa story and consumer culture promote the ideal of wish-fulfilment, but parents can model adaptability and a healthy understanding of limitations by supporting children through disappointment.

18 Dec 2018

I Knew Cyntoia Brown

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Like many, I have closely followed the case of Cyntoia Brown. Hers is a tragic and troubling tale that has recently reignited debate about the galling sexist, classist and racist inconsistencies of the American justice system.

21 Nov 2018

The Trouble With The "It's Okay To Be White" Campaign

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Recently, posters were discovered on several walls at the University of Manitoba with the statement, “It’s okay to be white.”

13 Nov 2018

Too Busy For PTA, But Working-Class Parents Care

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There is a persistent perception among public high school administrators and staff that working-class immigrant parents are disinterested and uninvolved in their children’s education.

31 Oct 2018

Separate But Equal: Part 2

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Two weeks ago, before the official municipal election results, I wrote about how the history of racist attitudes within Ontario’s education system have followed us up until present day.

30 Oct 2018

The Ominous Third-Place Finish Of A White Supremacist In Toronto's Mayoral Race

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The 2018 Toronto municipal election played out as most people expected it to, with John Tory cruising to a second term as mayor. 

 

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