This article from the Montreal Gazette highlights an issue with a Dollarama Halloween decoration, more specifically, a black severed foot shackled in chains. A customer left a message with the stores head office requesting the decoration be removed because it could be interpreted as racist. Some people agreed with this customers action, while others deemed it to be too ‘politically correct’ or an over reaction.
In class, we watched the music video for Taylor Swift’s music video for her song Wildest Dreams and analysed it. At first glance, most of my classmates found nothing blatantly... [+] Read more
It’s simple, isn’t it? We can see the things that make humans different from each other. Hair texture and color, body proportions, and skin tone. These differences are so obvious and easy, how can they be wrong? Well, they can be wrong because ‘races’ are not as black and white as people may think. By just using traits that are convenient to our eye, we create categories that are very subjective and not at all concrete. Since the traits we like to use are not consistent, the lines between ‘races’ become very blurred. To me, this is not a reliable means of separating humans nor is separating... [+] Read more
In the following post I will discuss the concept of race. I will reflect on the article “Race Without Colour,” what I have learned in class and how my understanding of the concept of race has been changed.
In Jared Diamond’s article, “Race Without Colour,” it is said that if we try to classify races of non-humans many problems would arise but the debate wouldn’t spark any controversy or hate (Diamond, 1994, 5). The classification of humans holds one difference from the previous statement, that is, by trying to place humans in specific race categories we shape our opinions of other... [+] Read more
In Robin Diangelo's article “White America's racial illiteracy: why our national conversation is poisoned from the start they talk about race” published on salon.com in 2015, Caucasians are protected from the extremities of racism due to how they are raised and taught. It is recognized by the author that Caucasians' thoughts and feelings about racial topics are molded by their culture. Many Caucasians are misinformed about the topic because the education system provides a very limited selection of opinions and knowledge. Furthermore, when asked a question about racism, white people neglect... [+] Read more
Published on August 7th 2015 on The Huffington Post Canada is the article Model Nykhor Paul Shuts down the Fashion Industry's Racism by Arti Patel. This article is one that brings attention to racism within the fashion industry. Nykhor Paul is a 25 year old Sudanese model who, on public media, Instagram, to be more specific, addressed a letter makeup artists asking them she has to bring her own makeup when white models aren’t required to. Within the article, the author includes the entire caption that Nykhor Paul posted on Instagram. In the caption, Nykhor Paul says that she’s tired... [+] Read more
But Is It Really Racist?
The article A Halloween Risk: Racism in Disguise written by Bee Shapiro in the New York Times from October 30th 2013 explores the idea that certain Halloween costumes can be considered racist or offence. The article uses the example of Juilanne Hough who went to a Halloween party dressed as Crazy Eyes, a character from the hit show Orange is The New Black. Juilanne smeared dark make up over her face to portray the actress Uzo Aduba. The author compared Juilanne to another Hollywood known couple dressed up as George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin, one wearing a... [+] Read more
In “Michael Brown Shooting: Why Black Americans Believe They’re Targeted by the Police”, by the CBC, the main idea is that Black Americans feel that they are targeted by the police.
According to Professor John Hurwitz, it has become very hard to tell whether the relationships between the Black American community and the police force have improved or gotten worse. Another place where the feelings are ambiguous, are the police forces efforts to improve relationships. This they have tried through the recruiting of Black men into the force, community... [+] Read more