I haven't written anything on this blog about the controversy over whether the confederate flag should be banned, like the one flying outside the South Carolina legislature, for two reasons:One, the racism and the gun violence of America makes me sick to my stomach.And two, I made my feelings pretty clear on Twitter.
Obama says the confederate flag belongs in a museum. But I prefer this option.http://t.co/3zu7yHI1Vk #cdnpoli
— Simon (@montrealsimon) June 20, 2015
But I thought I should share this video about a redneck parade in Georgia, because while it's horrifying and outrageous, the end is hilarious.Read more »
I continue to be without words… and with so much rage towards the Charleston AME shooting. And Jon Stewart put it well- some of us are left without words- not […]
It's been two days since senator Don Meredith resigned from the Con caucus after being accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenage girl. And since then the Cons have been desperately trying to distance themselves from yet another of Stephen Harper's stellar appointments.But they cannot or will not explain why Harper would appoint a man to the Senate who was once rejected as a candidate by Ontario's Progressive Conservatives. “We talked to him, we met with him, and we rejected him,” said a provincial Conservative insider, who spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to (Read more…)
The recent terrorist shooting in South Carolina have brought the issue of racism back to the top of the heap in the mainstream media. I’m sure there will be deep introspective think pieces in all of the major dailies and magazines. Then, like any story the media deigns “having being milked enough”, the racist terrorist attack will be quietly shunted to the side while the next tragedy is cued up for consumption.
Consumption of news these days seems to be the problem though. We are expected to keep track of the world, hell even personalize our ‘news (Read more…)
The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart got serious about the racist Charleston church shooting, racial hypocrisy and the terrorist’s apparent Rhodesia inspiration.
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Sometimes twitter for all of its prosaic nature slams a trenchant observation right down the pipe.
Filed under: Racism Tagged: Racism, TLC
Inspired by Nora Loreto [again], I am starting to frame my vision for what Canada should be after C-51, the TRC report and the October 19, 2015 federal election.
Here are my initial thoughts:
I’d love it for the very foundation upon which Canada [sic] is built, to crumble! We can start a national dialogue to re-imagine it, but way better than for 1982. This time, let’s go with:
– a distinct Quebec society– First Nations at the table as equals– repeal C-51 and get our Charter back– repeal the Indian Act– no Senate– (Read more…)
Filed under: Racism Tagged: Media Bias, Racism, Violence in Society
Last week’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission report called Canada’s residential school policy “cultural genocide”. Reacting, both Trudeau and Mulcair avoided mentioning the two loaded words.
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Winnipeg, June, 5, 2015: At the Manitoba Legislative Building, Maeengan Linklater answers journalists’ questions about his proposed Manitoba Indian Residential Schools Genocide and Reconciliation Memorial Day Act. Photo: Paul S. Graham
Now that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada has completed its work, and the major federal political parties have have adopted predictable positions, what can ordinary folk do to make sure Justice Sinclair’s message isn’t lost between now and the election this fall?
I’m rather taken with a draft Act that was made public yesterday on the steps of the Manitoba Legislature that would set aside one day a (Read more…)
. . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Video: Manitoba government urged to recognize the genocide and help heal the trauma
After following Stephen Harper's bestial political career for so long, I didn't think anything he did could shock me.But I must admit I was stunned by his strange silence at the closing ceremony of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.I wondered why a Canadian Prime Minister wouldn't say something, anything, to mark the significance of the moment.Or recognize the pain and suffering of so many. Or all the horror stories like this one. Read more »
They are images that should haunt every Canadian. Native children taken away from the parents by the RCMP and sent to residential schools with more cemeteries than playgrounds.And even though our generation wasn't to blame for that story of brutality and attempted cultural genocide, we can't look away or ignore the problem.Because it is still an open wound that needs healing.And as the Globe points out, it was, it is, and it will always be our story. Canada's story. Read more »
“Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes that you can do these things. Among them are a few Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or businessman from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.” Those thoughts from the US president who launched postwar America on the path to building the greatest middle class the world has ever known, the same president (Read more…)
How do YOU define determination?
One of them gave birth the day before the vote. As soon as her baby was nursing properly and her bloodwork came back okay, she made the trip to the hotel to vote.
via Inside a union drive at The Trump Hotel | Toronto Star.
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Is the Unites States a racist society? This is a question the nation wrestles with as one young black man after another is killed by the police. But the question may in a sense be irrelevant. The current turmoil may be due less to lingering racism than to the ignoring of history.
To explain, allow me, as this is Stanley Cup season, to use a hockey analogy. Let us assume we want to play a pick-up
Women will bring peace to the world (if men don’t destroy it first) and they shall do it through understanding and listening to each other. Listen to the power of their words.
“Ten black mothers sat on the stage in an auditorium and looked into a diverse crowd of women in the audience. They were about to share something personal and hurtful with this room full of mostly strangers.
They were going to talk about something they didn’t normally share with their white friends or colleagues.
It was about to get real in that room.
In the aftermath (Read more…)
If you wonder why police are losing respect as a credible element in a peaceful, democratic, civilized society, watch this video [the slightly longer version is here].
Not only does a white shirt pepper spray an unarmed man at almost point blank range, watch what else happens.
The white shirt steps back a few steps after filling his face with pepper spray. Is he afraid of retaliation? From a man filled with pepper spray in his face? Another non-white shirt decides that the injured man, who is taking slow steps backwards, is a sufficient threat that to take (Read more…)
Ask anyone in the Third World where, if they had their druthers, they would choose to live and their top choice, hands down, would be the United States. Ask those same people which nation is the greatest threat to world peace and they say, you guessed it, the United States.
That may sound contradictory but it’s not. It’s the United States that’s contradictory. It’s this great nation of wealth, comfort and ease that never seems to get its fill of raining death from above on other lands, especially the weakest ones.
The world doesn’t look like us or like our (Read more…)
Assorted content to end your week.
- Bill McKibben argues that Bernie Sanders’ run for the presidency should have massive positive impacts extending far beyond both Sanders’ central theme of inequality, and international borders to boot. And Salon interviews Joseph Stiglitz as to how inequality and the economy will affect the 2016 presidential campaign.
- Hannah Giorgis writes that a more fair economic system is a must in order to address historical racial inequities in the U.S.: To stifle a community slowly, without the decisive replay value of a chokehold, you criminalize poverty while withholding the resources needed (Read more…)
Let’s say you live in an apartment building, and the only way to buy groceries was to order them and have them delivered to your apartment.
Everyone is told “To place your order, simply call this toll free number, state your name, address, and what you want to purchase.” The cost of the groceries is automatically withdrawn from your bank account, and then the groceries are delivered.
For the people living in apartments ending in the numbers 1-3, this is exactly what happens, almost 100% of the time. On the very rare occasions the groceries don’t arrive, the customer (Read more…)
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.
- Dennis Howlett reminds us that we can raise enough money to strengthen our social safety net merely by ensuring that a relatively small group of privileged people pays its fair share. And Seth Stephens-Davidowitz examines the glaring nepotism which festers in the absence of some policy counterweights.
- But Robert Kuttner offers seven reasons why the 99% keeps losing on policy grounds despite having the obvious theoretical ability to ensure reasonable political outcomes. In a similar vein, Sean McElwee discusses the connection between racism and poverty politics in the U.S.
- Meanwhile, (Read more…)
Benjamin Netanyahu may have won the Israeli election, by using fear and racism to get people to vote for him.Like his good buddy Stephen Harper is trying to do in Canada.But it is tuning out to be a pyrrhic victory.For while he may deny he is a racist. Read more »
The snow is finally melting on the waterfront. If I close my eyes and feel the warm sun on my face, I can almost dream that Spring is here at last.Which is a good thing, because there isn't much else to celebrate in Canada these days.Not when the country is as beached as the boat in that painting. Looking grubby and going nowhere. And not when its depraved leader Stephen Harper is using fear as a political weapon.Read more »
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White feminists: this is a call for you to get your shit together. The point of equality isn’t to claw your way to the top so that you can treat other people just as badly as white dudes have treated you — we need to elevate each other, amplify each other’s voices, and maybe let someone else tell us if we’re allowed to be on their team. Because, as per Flavia Dzodan, if your (Read more…)
It was good to see Tom Mulcair finally take a stand against the Con regime's totalitarian anti-terrorism bill. Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair says the NDP will fight the Conservative government's new anti-terrorism bill when it goes before the House on Wednesday and pushed for the Liberals to do the same. After his party's weekly caucus meeting, Mulcair said the real threat of terrorism requires responsible measures, not the "dangerous, vague, ineffective" Bill C-51.Because it needed to be said: Bill C-51 is a rotten bill and should be scrapped.But what was depressing, and deeply alarming, was to see (Read more…)