When I heard the news that Nelson Mandela had died at first I was sad, like billions of people all over the world. For he was my greatest living hero, and somehow I had hoped that he would live forever. “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father,” South African President Jacob Zuma said in a sombre speech to the nation just before midnight, broadcast on all major television channels. “He is now resting. He is now at peace. … Although we knew this day would come, nothing will diminish our sense of a profound and enduring (Read more…)
Today is the first day of our world after the Nelson Mandela era.
We don’t need to canonize him or consider any messiah characteristics, but we should stop today and reflect on what kind of Mandela legacy we want to carry forward.
Here are a few ideas to consider.
Chances are you didn’t wake up every day by meditating on a Mandela quote. Aside from people like Rob Anders, though, most people found Mandela to be an inspiring person.
But one Mandela characteristic we need to hold close to our hearts is that he worked hard. Very hard. So (Read more…)
This is what solidarity looks like; make sure it’s authentic!
Lots of us care about deepening relationships with and social/economic/political justice for first peoples. It’s hard to come in, though, sometimes as a person from an oppressor or settler class. But there is a good checklist to make sure we’re actually contributing effectively.
It’s hard to know how to live humility, sincerity and really really good listening to make sure we are not a hindrance, but this Ally Bill of Responsibilities does a good job of helping us be mindful of humility, and maintaining a sincere focus on assisting those (Read more…)
In the light of Stephen Harper’s announcement of an upcoming visit to Israel, it might be worth taking a closer look at the country he will be visiting. Coverage of Israel’s apartheid-like policies isn’t readily available via Canadian mainstream media outlets. Instead we get stories such as the report in today’s Toronto Star about Netanyahu’s spending and liking for scented candles and flower arrangements.
Due to the pro-Israel bias in much mainstream media in Canada, MSM is not a reliable source when it comes to the hard facts on the ground, especially as they pertain to the ugly underside of (Read more…)
The Prime Minister’s slow clap.
It could be racism.
It could be concern that over time too many first nations citizens may get too educated and start demanding more in terms of inter-national justice.
It could be just that he thinks keeping government spending down is good for his neoliberal agenda and that first nations will likely just roll over and take it when he sends his dismissive, condescending unilateral funding fiats.
But sometimes I wonder about Harper’s soul. How do you sleep at night knowing that a certain race/culture of people get 1/3 to 1/2 less education funding. (Read more…)
Max Blumenthal‘s Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel is a remarkable and courageous book that reveals hard truths about Israel’s dark side. What makes Goliath especially impressive is the amount of time Max Blumenthal spent in Israel and the occupied West Bank in order to gather information and get a first hand understanding. His research shows in the wealth of detail he brings to the book, including key historical information and interviews.
In a review of Goliath that appeared in Electronic Intifada, Rod Such opens with a few paragraphs that highlight key areas in Blumenthal’s book:
A specter (Read more…)
1) I’m sure you didn’t specify “Black bootylicious Twerkers” but I’m POSITIVE you casted for a “look” that your itsy bitsy -can’t-see-beyond-stereotypes- brain can’t comprehend at the moment.
2) Of course you aren’t going to send them away when you found exactly what you were attempting to portray. The intent WAS to portray “ratchet culture”, no?
3) Light hearted satire… sure.. you know what satire should ALWAYS involve? YOU ACTUALLY EMBODYING THE SATIRE- Not covering yourself up respectfully and then hiring a bunch of nearly naked Black women to hypersexualize themselves as YOU direct them.
4) Mhmm.. you are exercising (Read more…)
By some accounts Australians have become the wealthiest people on earth, largely from flogging massive quantities to coal to China. Yet not all Australians are well off, especially not the first Australians, the aborigines.
Asia Times brings to light the little town of Wilcannia, winner of the national Tidy Town award, where the indigenous townfolk usually die by the age 35 and where the Cuban government operates a literacy programme.
Politicians in Canberra are among the wealthiest citizens. Their self-endowment is legendary. Last year, the then minister for indigenous affairs, Jenny Macklin, refurbished her office at a cost (Read more…)
Kerry Washington hosted SNL tonight and she was good. They poked fun about this scandal- that SNL didn’t hire any black women. That was a funny enough sketch. But what I found MOST refreshing was that we got to see a black woman just act and not have to be a caricature of how a White person WRITES a Black woman.
His mind slid away into the labyrinthine world of doublethink. To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while […]
Maria posters and headline/Maria’s biological mother Sasha Ruseva
A story from Greece about a four year-old ‘mystery girl’ named Maria has been making headlines in the mainstream media. Maria who is fair-haired was living in the care of a Roma couple who happen to be dark complexioned. This created suspicions in the minds of some that the child may have been abducted.
The ethnic profiling of Maria’s guardians reflects the tabloid stereotype of the Roma, a misleading one. There are in fact many fair-haired Roma, a fact glossed over by outlets that prefer to play up the “Gypsy” stereotype. Nonetheless (Read more…)
Natives find the term Redskins highly offense. It has the historic background as follows:
“Back not so long ago, when there was a bounty on the heads of the Indian people…the trappers would bring in Indian scalps along with the other skins that they had managed to trap or shoot. These scalps brought varying prices as did the skins of the animals….The trappers would tell the trading post owner or whoever it was that he was dealing with, that he had 2 bearskins, a couple of beaver skins…and a few scalps. Well, the term “scalp” offended the (Read more…)
Chief Bill Wilson speaks truth, in this Vancouver Province editorial, as he all has. His strength and clarity always rang true for me and I would be happy if we heard more from this fine man.
Chief Bill Wilson-An exceptional man
British Columbia was built on the evil foundation of racism. Those who stumbled ashore believed they were superior and that the First Nations people were inferior.
My older brothers and sisters had to fight their way back and forth to school in the Comox Valley. My older brother, Cal, said that he had to beat up all the racists (Read more…)
It’s never been a big secret that lurking just underneath the surface of Canada’s right wing politics is a religiously-inspired vein of racism. It reared its head back in the late 1980s when the debate over turbans in the RCMP was at full volume, and the Reform Party voted to ban turbans as part of the RCMP uniform, and frankly has never really gone away. In the Calgary Sun today, we find a column decrying the alleged silence over various attacks on Christians in the Muslim world. More or less, the reasoning in the column seems to be that (Read more…)
Here, on Brad Wall’s choice to bring the Southern Strategy north with a dog-whistle appeal to prejudice against First Nations.
For further reading…- Rick Perlstein puts the Southern Strategy (and Lee Atwater’s description of it) in context here. – The Saskatchewan Party ad in question is here.- The NDP’s 2011 platform costing is here (PDF), featuring significant investments in housing, health care, child care, full-day kindergarten, tuition relief and other social causes. For those keeping score: total mentions of the beneficiaries of those proposed policies in the Sask Party’s 30-second attack ad, zero; total mentions of (Read more…)
Why am I not allowed to have a personality? He smiles at me, “Hey girl, where are you from?” I reply, “Vancouver… Canada.” I’m partly hopeful this will be the end of the interaction… but it has happened so many times that I can see his demise. Why do I even answer? Hope. Hope that …
Top: Killah_P Beneath: Suspect Giorgos Roupakias in custody and shrine at killing site
On September 17, Greek hip-hop artist Pavlos Fissas aka Killah P was stabbed to death in the Amfiali/Keratsini neighborhood of Piraeus (about 10 miles from downtown Athens). He was ambushed by neo-Nazis linked to the far-right Golden Dawn party. According to eye witnesses about 15 to 20 people were involved in the attack, some wearing military style gear.
Fissas reportedly identified his killer before he lost consciousness. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died. A trucker affiliated with the Golden Dawn, Giorgos (Read more…)
From reading these 5 things (would & wouldn’t) it is obvious who is targeted.
Would 1. Bar public sector employees — including everyone from civil servants to teachers, provincial court judges, daycare workers, police, health-care personnel, municipal employees and university staff — from wearing a hijab, turban, kippa, large visible crucifix or other “ostentatious” religious symbols while on the job.
2. Allow five-year opt-outs from the ban for certain organizations, but not daycare workers or elementary school teachers.
3.Require that those receiving or providing government services uncover their faces.
4.Exempt elected members of the Quebec legislature from the regulations.
Or at least the parts of it that tell people what they can and cannot wear to work. And any other bits of blatant nativism/racism that may have escaped the media firestorm around this staggering piece of bigotry-made-policy. I’m no expert in this but it seems to me the whole reason that we want to have a secular state is so that we can welcome and serve people of all ethnicities, cultures and religions. As they are.
Banks as predators? Surely, no!
Temporary foreign workers have become a lightning-rod topic in Canadian labour in recent months with the high-profile news of the Royal Bank of Canada replacing staff with TFWs. But the issue is not about RBC, which is merely the latest flashpoint. The temporary foreign worker issue is wrapped up in a number of intersecting topics, including minimum and living wages, the role of the market in setting wages, immigration and job training.
Despite some of the spin we are seeing, the TFW controversy is not an issue of jobs for Canadians versus foreigners, and it (Read more…)
Manitoba deputy premier sorry for ‘white people’ remark Premier used phrase ‘do-good white people’ to describe women’s shelter in Winnipeg CBC News Posted: Aug 23, 2013 12:21 PM CT Last Updated: Aug 23, 2013 5:23 PM CT
Well it does suck that a scantily-clothed group/person would be raising money for a women’s shelter..oh, wait… This harkens back to the bad old days where it was thought, even believed, that rape and violence against women was motivated by sex, you know, the short skirt syndrome? Violence is violence, and who better to raise funds for the shelter tan (Read more…)
I realize the Sun Media Corporation markets itself to rednecks and racists, but this comment attached to Cold Lake Sun article Man dead after being shot by RCMP on Cold Lake First Nations should have been too much even for Sun Media:
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Racism is well and alive in Europe and North America. Oprah Winfrey was denied service at a store in Zurich, Switzerland. She said she had similar experiences in America. Earlier Barack Obama commenting on Trayon Martin case stated that he faced similar treatment as he was growing up. It is a very sad state of affairs right into the 21st century.
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“She explained further that she had gone into the shop, asked to see a particular bag, and was denied by the shop assistant. When she (Read more…)
. . . → Read More: LeDaro: Oprah Winfrey faces racism in Switzerland
Media mogul Oprah Winfrey says she received the racist “Pretty Woman” treatment while attempting to buy a $38,000 designer handbag at a pricey Swiss boutique recently.
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