It used to be that when one group of workers were being targeted by company owners, other workers would stand in solidarity with them. That doesn’t happen anymore.
You don’t need to be white to support white supremacy or white privilege. If you support the justice system, for example, which apprehends and incarcerates people of colour at higher rates than white people, hands them harsher sentences, and is more likely to reincarcerate them, then you support white supremacy. And you don’t need to […]
To my right-leaning friends: do not vote for UCP and Jason Kenney today. Jason Kenney is corrupt. He cares about only one thing: power. And he has no problems lying and cheating to get it. His plan for the economy is to give rich people and corporations tax cuts, on the backs of the rest […]
To her, indigeneity is criminal. Likewise, her readers also see indigeneity as criminal. Both the speaker and the receiver understand this concept so well that it can be used as code.
The justice system is broken; it’s racist. Here’s why. In 2017, the Office of the Correctional Investigator published a report (see my notes below) that included statistics on indigenous people in Canadian prisons. Here are some highlights: Indigenous people make up 26.4% of Canada’s prison population Indigenous people make up only 5% of the general […]
You’ve probably noticed an increase in media reports of famous men being accused of varying degrees of sexual violence, ranging from sexual harassment to sexual assault to rape. If you’ve been reading the news reports and following the reaction on social media, you’ve probably heard people saying that the accused persons deserve due process. Or […]
My second job in Lethbridge was cleaning carpets. My boss was racist. One time, we went to a nearby reserve, but the person who booked us wasn’t home. My boss then implemented a surcharge for every reserve job we had. Plus he required the client to meet us in Lethbridge and we’d follow them to […]
Have you ever seen white people complain when governments pay reparations to marginalized groups for the oppressive actions of previous governments, particularly regarding people of colour? Have you seen them say something like “They’ve already paid them enough. It’s in the past. Let’s move on.”? This position is racist. See, the problem is that white […]
A Lethbridge city councillor recently shared an article that reported on a recent city council meeting regarding the city’s effort to address the opioid crisis. Several people commented on their post, offering words of agreement, but there were a few comments I found problematic.
“I’m not racist.” Have you heard people say this? Have you said it? What does this mean exactly? What does it mean to be not racist? Does being not racist mean you don’t call people names based on their skin colour? Does it mean that you treat everyone the same regardless of skin colour? Does […]