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The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Stacey Dash’s Little Black Lies: When Blacks Agree with Bigots

Alternate title : Stacey Dash — Human Shield of House Negro ?

It’s painful to watch someone pimp themselves out for a paycheque. But Black people do it every day. Why? To “go along to get a long”, to make colleagues comfortable, to insure the few strands of opportunities that may come their way despite an unlevel playing field aren’t rubbed out.

This week, Stacey Dash traded her values for a check when she turned her back on the African-American owned media outlets which supported her career, and their audiences. The once still ‘Clueless’ actress-turned-Fox News commentator called for the elimination of Black History Month, the BET Awards and other venues to highlight talent which is otherwise eclipsed by the ubiquity of whiteness (see #OscarsSoWhite controversy 1.0 and 2.0). Too many bigots–blissfully unaware of the trick compensated ruse–salivate on Dash’s diatribe, wielding it like a weapon to uphold white supremacy.

The ruse has been employed for decades, and not just in the U.S. Banking on vulnerable people to lie to save their skin is one thing. To use these misguided statements, possibly offered under duress, as a catalyst for further marginalization of racialized groups is cruel. This tactic has often worked well for the establishment.

In the mid-1950s, Dresden, Ont. was like many segregated Canadian towns. Black and white residents led separate social lives. Restaurants, barbershops and even churches banned African Canadians from entering. Many merchants refused to serve people of colour.

When Black residents challenged the long-standing segregationist climate in a Dresden court room, the media descended on the south-western Ontario town to survey the racial row. To gage the sentiment of the townsfolk, they interviewed local residents. Curiously, the black resident this journalist interrogated was the area’s token sole Black police officer. When asked about the race-based discrimination enforced by the City (and, implicitly, his employer), the smiling policeman stated “there was no discrimination here”.

Were (white) journalists enlightened enough to decipher the white lie a Black employee uttered to comfort his Caucasian coworkers and keep his coveted job? None of the period articles I found were conclusive. However, it is entirely plausible that local bigots used this coerced headline to justify the racist status quo.

The same sad scenario has repeated itself in Quebec this week. CBC TV producer and Quebecois celebrity Louis Morissette took to his wife’s magazine, the public broadcaster’s airwaves and La Presse newspaper to share his artistic sorrow: his bosses forbid him from using blackface during Radio-Canada’s annual New Years’ Eve TV comedy special. Even worse, Morissette was – gasp! – forced to hire a Black actor to play a Black character on TV.

Blackface, a longstanding practice by which a white actor tars his face to play a black character, is back in style in Quebec. (Some say it never went out of style.)

Two afro-quebeckers vehemently and publicly defend blackface in French-speaking Canada: African immigrant-turned-CBC comedian Boucar Diouf and perennial token-black-character Normand Brathwaite, who notably got his career started by playing to Haitian immigrant stereotypes — much to the Québécois audience’s delight.

“This is not blackface,” Normand Brathwaite said. “I’d be pretty pissed off if someone imitated me in a year-end show and didn’t paint himself black, because I’m very proud of the colour of my skin.”

The Brathwaite-Diouf duo are often dragged to Quebec TV, radio and print to prop up bigot blackface-disciples, with a clear aim at silencing the vast majority of the black community which is offended by the practice. Brathwaite and Diouf work for the very Québec-based broadcasters and producers who repeatedly rely on blackface for comic relief. No one has questioned the dynamics by which Brathwaite and Diouf defend their masters remain in the good graces of Quebec’s white-dominated star système clique.

HUMAN SHIELDS or HOUSE NEGROS?
It’s a false binary. Journalists pull the strings of public sentiment by selecting biased spokespersons. The Stacy Dash’s of Quebec say what their employers want to hear. They’ve convinced many uninformed purelaine Quebeckers that blackface is no longer considered racist with their post-racial paradise. Regardless, the responsibility to present analysis of a racially-charged controversy isn’t on Stacy Dash or the Brathwaite-Diouf duo. It behooves competent journalists forgo editorial fools’ gold.

The adventures of a Franco Ontarian Viz Min Woman in Ottawa.

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The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Stacey Dash’s Little Black Lies: When Blacks Agree with Bigots

Alternate title : Stacey Dash — Human Shield of House Negro ?It’s painful to watch someone pimp themselves out for a paycheque. But Black people do it every day. Why? To “go along to get a long”, to make colleagues comfortable, to insure the few… . . . → Read More: The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Stacey Dash’s Little Black Lies: When Blacks Agree with Bigots

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Louis Morissette: marabout à cause des Moustiques©

Voilà que le mari à Véro, Louis Morissette, se vide le coeur en trois temps: dans la revue nommée pour sa célèbre conjointe, aux ondes de Radio-Canada, et dans le grand journal.

C’est à cette échelle-là que l’homme, à qui sont accordées toutes les tribunes officielles, a le privilege de pleurnicher.

moustique«…c’est l’attaque des moustiques qui piquent, picossent et bourdonnent jusqu’à te rendre fou au milieu de la nuit.»
~Louis Morissette, dans le dernier numéro du magazine Véro 

Le pauvre plaignant nous livre sa jérémiade: ses patrons l’ont condamné à embaucher un noir. (!)
Vite! Passez la boîte de Kleenex!

C’t’à cause des Moustiques© sur Twitter que Monsieur le producteur de télé-dérision doit rompre l’uniformité raciale qui guette l’antenne du diffuseur public.

Voilà que la diversité entre au Bye-Bye par la porte d’en arrière, ainsi brisant l’omniprésence de visages de blancs beiges et sans saveur multiculturelle.

«Notre télé est blanche comme les chemises de l’archiduchesse, à quelques exceptions près.»
~Stéphane Morneau dans le Métro, Sept. 2015.

APRÈS MOI, LE DÉLUGE!
«Quelle sera la prochaine étape?» poursuit Morissette, semblablement marabout. «Nous devrons avoir un Noir, un blond, une Autochtone, une femme ronde, une personne handicapée, un sexagénaire…?»

Eh, oui. La diversité. Le reflet d’une réelle société. Un véritable cauchemar, n’est-ce pas?

Faut-il s’interroger sur un fantasme dans lequel la créativité qui dépend strictement d’un casting homogène. Dans quel Québec sommes-nous?

«Le petit écran québécois met inlassablement en scène du bon blanc de souche 100% approuvé par le conseil municipal de Hérouxville. »
~Pascal Henrard dans Urbania, janvier 2014.

Et quel est le Québec d’un avenir prometteur?

«Nous avons un bassin d’acteurs issus de la diversité. Je peux bien les proposer à tout le monde, mais si personne n’en veut…»
~Sophie Prégent, présidente de l’Union des artistes (UDA), janvier 2015.

Cet aveu de discrimination positive discrimination à découvert assurera l’hégémonie de souche québécoise, laquelle freine le progrès du Québec. Celle qu’on constate au Prix Gémaux, aux Jutrachez Radio-Canada, et j’en passe. C’est cette lâcheté artistique et culturelle que dénoncent inlassablement ces fameuses Moustiques©.

N’en déplaise à ceux qui narguent la dignité humaine, qui méprisent le multiculturalisme, qui pleurent l’absence du blackface à la télévision québécoise : les Moustiques© s’abreuvent allègrement de vos larmes.

Allez s’y: continuez à brailler.

{Signé}
Les Moustiques©

hastag: #Moustiques

The adventures of a Franco Ontarian Viz Min Woman in Ottawa.

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The Adventures of Diva Rachel: What is Wrong with Whoopi? The View co-host delusional, downplays racial profiling

“Momma! There’s a black lady on TV and she ain’t no maid!”

That’s what a young Caryn Johnson said when she first saw Nyota Uhura, a character in the original Star Trek series. Uhura was one of the first TV characters of African descent to be featured in a non-menial role. Although it was fiction, the character lifted the psychological ceiling for little black girls in America by simply defying racial norms.

At that time, women’s roles were still defined by “tradition”. But for Black women, the bar was even lower: a career in house-cleaning and child-rearing in a nice white family was the best some could hope for. Teaching and nursing were viable careers for the privileged, educated class.

When I saw “The Help,” […] I thought that is my story. My grandmother was a maid. Her mother was a maid. The mother before her was a slave. My mother was a maid. My grandmother’s greatest dream for me was that I would grow up [to be a maid to] some good white folks. And the only picture I have of my grandmother is of her holding a white child in her maid’s uniform. […] Nobody ever even imagined it possible that you could be anything other than a maid who had some good white folks. –Oprah Winfrey

Like many African-American girls, little Caryn Johnson was conditioned to the hierarchical norms of the epoch, which were delineated by gender and race. Caryn grew up, took on the stage name Whoopi Goldberg, and eventually, perhaps symbolically, secured an acting role on Star Trek, among other achievements.

With fame and fortune, Goldberg kissed her welfare life goodbye, and moved on up to a successful career. Perhaps the Oscar alum has been living the Hollywood life so long that she’s lost touch with reality.

There was a bizarre 1990s episode when Goldberg penned a raunchy, n-word filled routine for boyfriend Ted Danson to perform before an audience… in blackface. New York Mayor David Dinkins, in attendance, was among many offended African-Americans.

Goldberg recently defended Canadian pop star Justin Bieber’s use of the n-word, erroneously arguing that the hateful racial epithet does not have the same connotation in Canada. The high school dropout’s statement gave cover to racists in Canada and beyond, while angering equality activists who are still fighting for racial imbalance in a country still mired with subtle and effective racism. Goldberg never bothered to apologize on the air.

@ShutUpLucille That “Canada as Utopia” image that many non-Cdns have is destructive. Hard to fight for rights people assume you already have

— Septembre Anderson (@SeptembreA) June 4, 2014

In her latest tirade, Ms. Goldberg screamed at The View co-hosts after they described their disparaging encounters with racial profiling. Iconic Latina Rosie Perez shared a personal story of being mistaken for “the Help” when she and her family member patronized a posh hotel. Rosie O’Donnell, whose godson is of colour, chimed in and was swiftly shut down.

Goldberg’s most surreal statement is that there is “real” racism – presumably the overt kind seen in Hollywood period films– and then there’s a form of “ridiculousness” that encompasses racial profiling.

Is that like being “half pregnant”?

The First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, discussed racial profiling in a sobering interview this week. Mrs. Obama revealed that the first Black President has been mistaken for a waiter and a valet. She was recently asked to assist a customer during a visit to a low-cost department store.

” Barack Obama was [once] a black man that lived on the South Side of Chicago, who had his share of troubles catching cabs,” Mrs. Obama said in the Dec. 10 interview appearing in the new issue of PEOPLE.

After “60 years of being Black,” Whoopi Goldberg dismissed her colleague’s and her President’s lived experiences as less consequential than “real racism”.

Caryn Johnson may have recognized racial bias as a child, but Whoopi Goldberg no longer does. Perhaps a new stage name would be in order: Uncle Tom.

The adventures of a Franco Ontarian Viz Min Woman in Ottawa.

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The Adventures of Diva Rachel: What is Wrong with Whoopi? The View co-host delusional, downplays racial profiling

“Momma! There’s a black lady on TV and she ain’t no maid!”

That’s what a young Caryn Johnson said when she first saw Nyota Uhura, a character in the original Star Trek series. Uhura was one of the first TV characters of African descent to be featured in a non-menial role. Although it was fiction, . . . → Read More: The Adventures of Diva Rachel: What is Wrong with Whoopi? The View co-host delusional, downplays racial profiling

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Les Plumes des Peau-Rouges de Nepean attérissent sur le Rouge-et-Noir d’Ottawa

La région de l’Outaouais va bientôt accueillir un nouveau club de football. Ce sera la 3e fois que l’équipe renait de ces cendres : les Ottawa Rough Riders ont fait faillite en 1996, et encore en 2006, sous le nom «Renegades». À l’époque, les partisans Franco-Ontariens (et Gatinois) s’attendaient à ce qu’une équipe en difficulté . . . → Read More: The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Les Plumes des Peau-Rouges de Nepean attérissent sur le Rouge-et-Noir d’Ottawa

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Ottawa’s RedBlacks, Redskins and Blackface

The National Capital Region will soon welcome a new CFL football club. This will be the third time the team rises from its ashes: the Ottawa Rough Riders went bankrupt in 1996, and again in 2006 under the Renegades moniker. At the time, Franco-Ontarian football fans (and those in nearby Gatineau, QC) expected a club . . . → Read More: The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Ottawa’s RedBlacks, Redskins and Blackface

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: The O stands for Originality, aka the oxymoron to "Ottawa"

This article was published in The Huffington Post Canada. Read it here and post a comment!

This week is momentous for legions of moms and women in general: the “Big O” is comin’ to town. Yes, the former Queen of Television, the one then-Senator Obama called “possibly the most influential woman in the country” , . . . → Read More: The Adventures of Diva Rachel: The O stands for Originality, aka the oxymoron to "Ottawa"

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: La Banque du Canada dit non au reflet de la diversité sur les dollars -OU – La xénophobie structurelle à la Banque du Canada: le jupon qui dépasse

Quand la nouvelle est tombée l’été dernier que la Banque du Canada avait effectué un nettoyage ethnique dans les images imprimées sur la monnaie canadienne, le faux-pas a fait le tour du monde. Dans un focus group, certains intervenants xénophobes se sont insurgés contre l’image d’une femme aux traits asiatiques sur (Read more…)

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The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Top Twenty Things Harper Can Do with Money Saved from Cancelled F-35 Purchase

Looks like Christmas came early : the news leaked that the much-criticized F-35 military jet purchase, first estimated at $16Billion or  $25Billion or $30B or $40B, has been cancelled.

Did Harper finally come to his senses about a jet which was rumoured not to function in nordic climates, have radar issues, and ever-growing costs.

Halleluiah!

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The Adventures of Diva Rachel: The Guardian : What ails Canada?

Maple leaf ragged: what ails Canada?

Country's increasingly hardline stances on immigration (http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/rachel-decoste/kenney-immigration_b_1411909.html), tar sands, indigenous people and Quebec separatism (http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/rachel-decoste/pq-immigration_b_1842349.html) spark soul-searching.

On the topic of Immigration

Canada is one of the few countries in the world that still looks to immigration as a tool for nation-building – 20% of Canadians were born abroad, . . . → Read More: The Adventures of Diva Rachel: The Guardian : What ails Canada?

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Stephen Harper trumpeted his lust for Brit colonialism in 2006 speech

At the heart of our relationship is the golden circle of the Crown which links us all together with the majestic past that takes us back to the Tudors, the Plantagenets, the Magna Carta, habeas corpus, petition of rights, and English common law […] all those massive stepping stones which the people of the British . . . → Read More: The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Stephen Harper trumpeted his lust for Brit colonialism in 2006 speech

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Stephen Harper jubilait son admiration pour la colonisation britannique dans un discours de 2006

Au cœur de notre relation se trouve le cercle de la Couronne, qui nous relie tous avec son passé majestueux qui nous ramène à l’époque des Tudors, des Plantagenets, de la Magna Carta, de l’habeas corpus, de la pétition des Droits, et de la Loi du peuple britannique […] tous ces grandes étapes que la . . . → Read More: The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Stephen Harper jubilait son admiration pour la colonisation britannique dans un discours de 2006

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Separatist candidate: pick immigrants based on ethnicity?

The French version of this article is available on HuffingtonPost Quebec website.  La version française de ce billet est disponible sur le site du HuffingtonPost Québec.

Parti Québécois candidate suggests racial profiling immigrants based on ethnicity on live radio.

Jean-François Lisée, star candidate of the Parti Québécois, embraced the same doctrine (Read more…)

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The Adventures of Diva Rachel: La xénophobie qui déferle au QC et au ROC

Le Canada est un pays qui se félicite pour son inclusion de plusieurs races et ethnies, qui aime s’appuyer fièrement sur le pilier du multiculturalisme, et qui aime fêter ses communautés culturelles d’un océan à l’autre. Les bavures de cette semaine ont fait ressortir les profondes racines de préjugés qui datent des tous débuts de . . . → Read More: The Adventures of Diva Rachel: La xénophobie qui déferle au QC et au ROC

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Canada’s Selective Immigration Strategy: an Evolution (Part 6/6)

1991 – REFORM PARTY RHETORICThe Reform’s early policy proposals for immigration were seen as highly controversial in Canada including a policy pamphlet called Blue Sheet that was issued in mid-1991 stating that Reformers opposed “any immigration based on race or creed or designed to radically or suddenly alter the ethnic makeup of Canada” . This . . . → Read More: The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Canada’s Selective Immigration Strategy: an Evolution (Part 6/6)

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Another brilliant move by the National Capital

They are closing the one and only tourist informtion centre. The one across from Parliament Hill, perfectly located where all the visitors get their maps and other userful tips in both official languages.Article : Ottawa’s only tourist centre to close…. . . . → Read More: The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Another brilliant move by the National Capital

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Another brilliant move by the National Capital

They are closing the one and only tourist informtion centre. The one across from Parliament Hill, perfectly located where all the visitors get their maps and other userful tips in both official languages.Article : Ottawa’s only tourist centre to close…. . . . → Read More: The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Another brilliant move by the National Capital

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Xenophobe, Thy Name is Hudak!

Ottawa-Nepean PC candidate Randall Denley: "People who come from other countries, I guess I call them foreigners".Almost 30% of Canadians in Ottawa are immigrants. The 2006 census counted 47% of Toronto as "foreigners". Sir John A. … . . . → Read More: The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Xenophobe, Thy Name is Hudak!

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Reckless Rookie’s Road Map for Ontario Revealed

Redux: the diva loves alliteration. Here’s what the Tim Hudak Tories are promising:• MONEY- Couple income splitting up to $50,000; family earning $70,000 could savealmost $1,400 a year- 5% income tax cut on first $75,000 Does the person making $70k r… . . . → Read More: The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Reckless Rookie’s Road Map for Ontario Revealed

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: CSIS Screws Up. Again.

I am insulted that CSIS would willfully harm a national hero like Mubin Shaikh, the former CSIS and RCMP mole who prevented the Toronto 19 from bombing Parliament Hill.CSIS adds its own mole to terror listWikiLeaks has revealed that the Canadian Securi… . . . → Read More: The Adventures of Diva Rachel: CSIS Screws Up. Again.