Last week Munroe Bergdorf was fired by L’Oréal after a Facebook “rant” on racism. You can read about it here. There are so many points of entry into this issue for me, but I’ll focus on two today. Who is ranting? First. The definition of a rant is to “speak or shout at length in a wildly … [Continue reading] The Trouble with ‘Ranting’ about Racism
What happens when people in positions of power don’t speak out against things that are wrong? If you were listening to the news last week, we’ve had a recent example with President Trump condemning both sides for the recent violence in Charlottesville. If you missed it, you can check it out … [Continue reading] Calling Out What’s Wrong
Complaining is something that only those with privilege are really afforded. Did you know that? It’s true. So, who is heard? Complaining is something that only those with privilege are really afforded. Did you know that? It’s true. And to highlight this, I’m going to share two examples from … [Continue reading] Who Gets to Complain, Why, and Who Is Heard?
It doesn't matter why you use a derogatory word. It’s just not acceptable. Ever. But they keep flying out of people's mouths. This week we had two Canadian examples of the way we often carelessly throw hurtful words around. One was homophobic, and one was racist. Both words are derogatory and … [Continue reading] It’s Never Ok To Use a Derogatory Word
Serena Williams was confronted with (and responded to) racism through social media. You can read all about it here. The subtlety of racism Racism is often subtle. And as such it comes out of people’s mouths in ways that we often don’t catch: “You’re not really Black.” “I hope the baby doesn’t … [Continue reading] Serena Williams; Responding to Racism
I’m in Cuba with my family this week – well, actually an island off the coast of Cuba. And while we are at an all inclusive, in a location with little else around (sadly), there is still enough going on here to be aware of race politics. Cuba has a mixture of people of colour – the … [Continue reading] Racism – the legacy of colonization globally
Many of you are likely familiar with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote: “There comes a time when silence becomes betrayal.” I would argue that time has nothing to do with it. Silence equals betrayal anytime – whether we realize it or not, whether we are alone or in a group – because it equals … [Continue reading] Silence = Complicity
Nancy Elgie’s resignation as a trustee from the York Region District School Board (YRDSB) is a good thing, but let’s be clear that it’s only a step in the right direction. The school board has been in the news frequently over the past few months about allegations of racism. Nancy Elgie's use of … [Continue reading] Racism in York Region District School Board
I am not a fan of Black History Month. For one, it becomes a month crammed with everything Black/African/Caribbean and then we don’t see much of it the rest of the year. You can read other musings here. But this year, I have another angle that adds to my disdain. I recently had a conversation … [Continue reading] Black History Month. So…?
A Toronto restaurant has been called out by the media for calling their non-spicy food option “White” on their menu. Reality Check Firstly, I have to point out that in a world where Black men are routinely targeted by police – in some cases fatally – and there are many many examples of … [Continue reading] Racism in a Menu?