These empty gestures and symbolic victories are crumbs. This Black History Month, after the year Black people have had, the performance is not only insulting, it’s exhausting.
While COVID-19 is devastating our communities, we’re still expected to carry on silently and not make any waves—we are supposed to be invisible until non-Black Canada is ready to dust us off once a year to make themselves feel better about their diversity and inclusion, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
CALGARY—Malcolm X once said, “The white man will try to satisfy us with symbolic victories rather than economic equity and real justice.”
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Justice Canada has more recently been using ‘they’ as a singular gender-neutral pronoun on a piecemeal basis, but the gendered nature of the French language requires study, with a review currently underway.
In its first budget in more than two years, Ottawa is also allocating $11-million to help tackle anti-Asian racism in the wake of a pandemic year that has seen a ‘disturbing trend’ of reported incidents.