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Policy Briefing: Race and Politics
Hill media scrum Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa. Journalists are a product of the institutions that see whiteness as a norm, says University of Toronto professor Erin Tolley. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Journalists inherit ‘institutional blindspots’ that cloud coverage of race in politics, says media expert

When confronted with their biases, Prof. Tolley says journalists she interviewed for her research tried to explain away differences in their framing of a candidate’s electability.
No matter how successful a Black person may be, gatekeepers are always there to remind them that race plays a role in society, whether you are on your way to earning your PhD or your place in Parliament.
Opinion|Erin Tolley
Researchers have largely concluded that when women and minorities run, they win. What this means is that if parties nominated more diverse candidate slates, there would be more diversity in Parliament.
'You can bet if we had 100 MPs that were Indigenous, the tone about Indigenous issues would change,' says Liberal MP Michael McLeod.
As the United Nations puts it, for far too many Canadians, anti-Black racism, discrimination and inequality are part of their daily lives. It reaches into our democratic institutions.
The many implications of apartheid seriously maimed not just the physical bodies, but the souls of many South Africans. This is what happens when the people in power do not reflect the people they represent.

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