Racism Free Canada
by aoranos on September 29, 2014 - 10:40pm
This article by Rachel Décoste comments on Canada's "don't ask, don't tell" mentality when racism is concerned. As Canadians, we often pride ourselves in being a tolerant, open-minded, free society, yet our media honours a code of silence when it comes to racism. The article gives an example of a Toronto man named Orville Lloyd Douglas who wrote an article called Why I hate being a black man. His article discusses the negative projections associated with his race and gender. The article was published in a U.K. newspaper, but looked over here in Canada. Before Mr. Douglas was published in the U.K., he tried to get his article published in Canadian newspapers but "None of [the Canadian newspapers] thought this perspective was fit to print." This article by Décoste says that Canadian media views non-stereotypical narratives of African-Canadian men as not important. The media would more likely present a black man in a negative light than a positive one. The author gives the example of the media attention Ben Johnson receives (as recently as September 2013) for doping over 25 years ago. The media fails to focus on other known Olympic cheaters who are not black. The media tends to prioritize black criminals and Olympic cheaters over positive portrayal of Black citizens.