Saturday, November 28

Racism

canadian theatre, Local, Racism, theatre

Theater artists say Canadian theater is ‘predominantly white’ – The Canadian News

As with businesses and industries of all stripes, the Canadian theater industry has had to take a hard look at systemic racism in the field and its impact on People of Color (POC), both on and off the stage. The Canadian theater landscape is considered by many to be "predominantly white" and POCs have to find their way around that systemic hurdle to work and succeed in the industry. "Racism and theater go hand in hand for me," says Qasim Khan, who currently works with the Stratford Festival. Khan is a Newmarket-raised stage, film and television actor. He says that, as a South Asian actor, he learned early on that dealing with racism was a given in his chosen profession. “My theatrical experience was immediately related to racism from my first year in drama school, so it is s...
Black Lives Matter, Local, Racism, theatre

Staff and performers confront racism in the theater industry – The Canadian News

The Black Lives Matter movement has received great support around the world following the assassination of George Floyd. The horrific incident has proven to be a catalyst for individuals, businesses and industries around the world to confront systemic racism in their ranks, and the theater is no exception. Two former Mirvish employees say they have experienced racist comments and behavior not only from their co-workers, but also from their clients. "If you're in line to get tickets, they'll usually go to the white person," Ashley Mangru said of the customers she served. Kristin Freeland said a co-worker complained about the influx of Chinese restaurants in the neighborhood, saying, "This used to be a good neighborhood." "[They were] It basically implies that all immigrants ...
American history, Anti-racism, Black americans, Black history, Racism

What’s it like for a Black man to train white folks to be anti-racist?

Doyin Richards started off as "the dad guy talking about fatherhood" with his blog, Daddy Doin' Work. He spent several years sharing his fatherhood experiences, had a photo of him combing his 2-year-old's hair while wearing his baby in a baby carrier go viral in 2014, and published a book about dads empowering moms that same year."Then the world changed in 2016," Richards says. "It's not that the world changed—this stuff has always been bubbling under the surface—but then it just exploded."Richards had always been an anti-racist activist, but when the Black Lives Matter movement pushed anti-racism into the mainstream, he started using his platform more and more to help move anti-racism education and activism along. It hasn't been an easy road. Richards is open about his mental health st...
Black americans, Black Lives Matter, Racial Justice, Racism

Man held up a Black Lives Matter sign in ‘America’s Most Racist Town’ and shared how it went

Is Harrison, Arkansas truly America's most racist town? It's not like there are official statistics kept on such things, but the town of 13,000 in the Ozark Mountain region does have a reputation. According to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Harrison was the site of riots in the early 1900s that drove most of the Black population out. (Current demographics put the town at over 95% white, with less than 1% of the population being Black.) The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the white supremacist group Kingdom Identity Ministries are based in the area. The KKK uses a Harrison post office box for its mailing address, and its national director lives outside of town.Though city leaders insist that the town's reputation has been tarnished by a small group of people, there have been signs—litera...
Crime, Durham Regional Police, hate-motivated crime, Local, Oshawa, Oshawa crime, Racism

Video shows Oshawa vehicle vandalized with racist grafitti – The Canadian News

Durham Regional Police are investigating after a video posted on social media appeared to show an Oshawa vehicle vandalized with racist messages. The video appears to have originated on another social media platform then re-posted to Twitter by a person using the “@AyannaSahara” handle. The video shows a silver vehicle with the words “Black lives don’t matter F U” spray-painted in black on it. The tires also appear to have been damaged. Warning: graphic content. Video shows Oshawa vehicle vandalized with racist graffiti   “Someone spray-painted ‘Black lives do not matter’ on a Black woman’s car and popped all her tires. This happened in Oshawa. Less than 24 hours ago,” the Twitter user wrote in the post on Thursday. Durham police confirmed they are investigating the in...
Adoption, Black americans, Black history, Race, Racial Justice, Racism

She founded a non-profit to help transracial adoptive parents style their Black kids’ hair

Upworthy interviewed Tatiana Mac, author of a series of tweets that went viral because she found a way to make a complicated issue coherent and digestible for the masses. She succinctly addressed eight different issues and offers advice, free of charge, for each one. Tatiana MacMac, a Software Engineer based in Portland, Oregon, describes herself as a "Vietnamese American who has started to unpack my own internalized oppression and simultaneous complicity within white supremacy. I experience racism, but not to the extent that Black folks do.""I think that, in many ways, it feels like 'white people have entered the chat' on discussions of race," she said. "Panicked and somewhat new to these discussions, it felt like many people were riding the energy and...
Black Lives Matter, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Racism

5 things Facebook can do to reduce hateful content on its platform

Facebook is in the midst of a subtle reckoning. As the culture at large experiences deep structural changes, many are left questioning whether the social media giant has earned any place in the current conversation of racial justice, free speech, and the fight against hate groups.While many at the leadership level of Facebook make a point of being seen as progressive and sympathetic to the movements they profess to support, it can be hard for any of that to ring true when their platform is a haven for white supremacist groups, conspiracy theorists and death threat factories.Recently Facebook released the results of its independent audit, a report two years in the making that outlines clearly how Facebook has failed on civil rights. The report found that the companies reaction to hate sp...
Black Lives Matter, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Racism

Leader of Facebook advertising boycott says they still need to do a lot more to combat hateful speech

Lately it seems Facebook has had the PR goodwill of a Bill Cosby comeback tour - from their inability to remove extreme hate groups, to their seemingly tone deaf response regarding the enormous upheaval making its way through every fibre of the nation. The social media juggernaut often professes to be on the cutting edge of progressive change, however many are profoundly concerned over the companies lack of actual policy change in the face of growing criticism.One of these concerned parties is Rashad Robinson. He is the executive director of Color of Change, the country's largest racial-justice organization, and one of the people who organized the high-profile advertising boycott that shook Facebook in July.Sitting down with Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway for an episode of New York's "...
Black americans, Black history, Racial Justice, Racism

​Detroit Youth Choir sings powerful new lyrics to Oscar-winning song ‘Glory’

One day when the glory comesIt will be ours, it will be oursOh one day when the war is wonWe will be sure, we will be sureThe song "Glory" from the feature film Selma won an Oscar in 2015. Originally performed by John Legend and Common, the song combines elements of rap, hip hop and gospel, and was a powerful anthem representing the Civil Rights Movement portrayed in the movie.Now, that anthem has new lyrics and a young, fresh face—or rather, a bunch of young, fresh faces. The Detroit Youth Choir's rendition of "Glory" includes the original chorus, plus lyrical nods to the coronavirus pandemic and the current uprisings for racial justice. Seeing these young people singing their hearts out in a song written about a similar fight decades ago is both chilling and thought-provoking. Members...
Bill Nye, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Black Lives Matter, Celebs, Racism

Bill Nye Says ‘We’re All One Species’ As He Simplifies Race In Viral Video

By Jamie Samhan. 12 secs ago Bill Nye is done with skirting around a topic and his new TikTok platform is proof. From sharing the importance of wearing a mask to racism, Nye is tackling everything. Nye broke down the reasoning behind different skin colours and how really, we are all the same. He started off sharing a map that showed the intensity of UV light across the globe. RELATED: Bill Nye Advocates Wearing Masks On TikTok: ‘This Is A Matter, Literally, Of Life And Death’ “It turns out the closer you are to the equator, the more intense the ultraviolet light is,” he said. “It turns out that everybody on earth is descended from people who lived here, in Africa,” he continued while noting that has people migrated away, the amount of UV light they were receiving lessoned. ...
Arrests made as Toronto statues defaced during BLM protests
Black Lives Matter, Crime, Protests and Demonstrations, Racism, Toronto & GTA, Toronto Police, Vandalism

Arrests made as Toronto statues defaced during BLM protests

Several arrests were made after at least three Toronto statues were vandalized Saturday morning as Black Lives Matter Toronto protesters took to the streets demanding the government defund police.The BLM protest began at Ryerson University where people were seen defacing the statue of Egerton Ryerson before heading to Queen’s Park where the statues of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister, and King Edward VII were also vandalized.Toronto Police tweeted at 9:48 am that there were 30 to 40 people at Bond and Gould Sts. and that “demonstrators are damaging statue, throwing paint at a statue.”Minutes later, police tweeted the protest had moved to Queen’s Park Cr. W. and  Wellesley St. W. with more “ demonstrators damaging statues, spray painting and throwing buckets of paint ...
Beverly Johnson, Black, Celebs, Model, Racism, Style, swimming pool, Vogue

Beverly Johnson Recalls Racism On Set Including A Shoot Where A Pool Was Drained After She Was In It

Beverley Johnson is reflecting on moments when she experienced racism throughout her career.Before she became the first ever Black woman to appear on the cover of Vogue, the supermodel had been advised by an agent that this was something she could never achieve. “When I started my modelling career in the 1970s, I wanted the top modelling agent. That was Eileen Ford. She said, ‘You’ll never be on the cover of Vogue magazine’. So I moved to the rival Wilhelmina agency. I got the cover. I had worked for it and prayed for it, and now I had to honour it,” recalled Johnson during a revealing new interview with People.The “Beverly’s Full House” star also reflected on an incident where a pool was drained after she took part in a shoot at a hotel. “What you have to realize is that I was the on...