In the past two weeks I have watched two thought-provoking movies: Green Book and Same Kind of Different as Me. The former (as you may know) won Best Picture for last year. I watched it on the plane. The latter was from 2017, and I found it on Netflix. I love them both for the lessons they … [Continue reading] Who Gets to be the Hero?
Last Monday the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released a report called A Collective Impact - about the Toronto Police Department and the racial profiling of Black people. I saw some of the statistics flash across the TV screen at the dentist’s office that day. Sadly, none of them surprised … [Continue reading] What’s it like to be Black in Toronto?
I’m taking a week’s hiatus from reconciliation because of a conversation I had with my daughter. She is 6, and she just had a birthday. I bit the bullet and bought her a Barbie. It was a “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” moment, and she was introduced to them through an Aunt and loooooves them. So, … [Continue reading] The Systemic Nature of Whiteness
We have seen some big decisions in the last week related to anti-bias and Diversity & Inclusion. Last week I wrote (a spoke on CBC Radio) about Starbucks’ anti-bias training held across the USA on Tuesday. On that same day, ABC (the TV network) made a bold statement of its own by cancelling … [Continue reading] Leadership, Starbucks, and ABC
Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Given what I do, every day is a day to eliminate racism, but I digress. First, I notice that it feels different to say ‘the elimination of racial discrimination’ vs. ‘the elimination of racism’. The latter is more … [Continue reading] The Elimination of Racism
This is a hard blog to write. And I can't even find an appropriate image. I was all set to write about happier things, like the new Gerber baby, but… The verdict in the Colten Boushie murder trial is heartbreaking and infuriating – and, sadly, not surprising. It’s one more story in a large … [Continue reading] What a Verdict Tells us About Racism
Last week was quite a week… I wrote a blog about Judge Eidsvik’s comments about “dark people”, commented on the H&M “coolest monkey in the jungle advertising debacle, and then President Trump made disparaging comments about Haiti and African nations in the context of immigration. If you … [Continue reading] Sh*thole countries…?
2018 has just started and we have our first public misstep in advertising: H&M had a black boy modelling a hoodie that brands him as the “coolest monkey in the jungle”. Are you kidding me?! The white kid next to him is the “survival expert”. Ah… if only someone had caught this during the … [Continue reading] Oh H&M…
Soon after the news of the engagement between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle broke, my 5-year old daughter and I were in the store. I showed her the cover of the magazine. “Look!” I said. “That woman will be a princess.” Princesses can be brown too! Believe me, it’s not because I want her to … [Continue reading] No More Princes…?
Last weekend we saw another mis-step in the advertising world. If you didn't see Dove’s Facebook ad, you can see it here. Dove pulled it down, and apologized for the “racial insensitivity”. Well. The ad is not just racially insensitive, it perpetuates (and is perpetuated by), systemic … [Continue reading] Oh Dove…