I'm watching an interview with a leader from the Maritime Forces Atlantic (the Navy) about the Proud Boys "interruption" of an Indigenous ceremony in Nova Scotia on Canada Day. You can google the footage of the disturbance and the troubling comments made by the Proud Boys. I'm not going to link … [Continue reading] Proud Boys – when private views make it into the public domain
Yesterday I watched Trevor Noah’s Afraid of the Dark (available on Netflix - here's a clip). It was amazing from start to finish. What I love about Trevor Noah is that while he is making us laugh, he is educating us as well. Afraid of the Dark is no exception. He covered colonization, being Black in … [Continue reading] What’s in an Accent?
This is what Islamophobia looks like This is what Islamophobia looks like: A policy that has been in place for 20 years, allowing Muslim students the opportunity to pray at schools on Fridays, being violently opposed. This is what Islamophobia looks like: Tearing pages out of the Qu’ran. This … [Continue reading] Islamophobia at a School Board meeting
Let’s talk about Bill C-23, and what it could mean for some Canadians. Bill C-23 is called the pre-clearance Bill because it’s about the powers that US customs officials have when Canadians pre-clear US customs on Canadian soil. You can read more about it here. Currently, if you are pulled … [Continue reading] The Law and Differential Impact
The US election is devastating for so many reasons – not just the results, but the whole campaign. Beyond the US president elect, it has shown us the underbelly of what seems like half of American voters: Racism, xenophobia, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, white supremacy... But Trump didn’t … [Continue reading] Some thoughts on the US Election
It's not new concepts that prejudice (pre-judging) is learned (sometimes taught) and that unconscious bias is insidious. Here is a stellar example of both (and the impact on my 3 year old) that made me particularly furious. Recently I was watching an episode of My Little Pony with my daughter. It's … [Continue reading] Prejudice is Taught Early