Idi Amin, accordion player, dead at 78…
Hours after the feisty anti-apartheid icon died on Monday, the New York Times ran with this headline before amending it: “Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, a tarnished leader of South Africa’s liberation, dies at 81.” Tarnished. That choice of word tells a story of legacy. In the broad strokes of sound bytes, fleeting public memories, and implicit prejudices, Madikizela-Mandela…is being unjustly reduced to just two things: Nelson Mandela’s wife and a corrupt endorser of violence…. In the litany of Madikizela-Mandela’s sins that open the story in the New York Times is the character-judging “adulterous implosion of her fabled marriage.” On violence, Madikizela-Mandela notoriously endorsed “necklacing,”—a practice in which a perceived traitor would be trapped in a gas-soaked car tire and burned alive. She was also allegedly the head of a deadly vigilante group. South African Blacks were often targeted…. If Mandela was seen as a saint, it was precisely because Madikizela-Mandela was the deterrent, a counter foil with masses at her command, a realist in full recognition of anti-Blackness, standing there in unrepentant defiance of expectations of her as a woman, as a Black woman, and as a political Black woman. Surely on the day she died, that was worth celebrating first.
—Shree Paradkar, Toronto Star, Apr. 3, 2018.
Not that there’s anything wrong with rhetoric and anecdotal evidence….
Canada is not a racist country, and most Canadians are not racist people…. That’s not to say that racism doesn’t exist. It does…. There is, however, an important difference between individual cases of racism—which we should join together to condemn—and so-called institutional or systemic racism. Left-wing activists insist that Canada is a horrible and racist society—so racist, in fact, that our laws and institutions are embedded with racial biases and bigotry. But these activists can’t point to instances of supposed “white privilege” racism in the law, so they rely on rhetoric and anecdotal evidence.
—Candice Malcolm, Sun Media, Mar. 30, 2018.
Howard Sapers, the correctional investigator for Canada, said [t]he trail of many social policies which have marginalized one group of our population “defines systemic discrimination…. It’s not that anybody designed the CSC programs to be discriminatory but in fact…aboriginal inmates are sentenced to longer terms, and spend more time in segregation and maximum security. They are less likely to be granted parole and are more likely to have parole revoked for minor problems….” Sapers has served as the correctional investigator since 2004.
—cbc.ca, Mar. 7, 2013.
Data from traffic stops, collected by Ottawa police officers and analyzed by a team of York University researchers, shows that people who Ottawa officers think are Middle Eastern are 3.3 times more likely to be pulled over than their percentage of the population, while people who Ottawa officers think are black are 2.3 times more likely to be pulled over than their percentage of the population.
—Reported by Shaamini Yogaretnam, Ottawa Citizen, Oct. 24, 2016.
Lügenpants botches Heavy D reference, declared unfit
In a 20-minute video, Levant…compared Caesar-Chavannes’s description of her skin colour—“Black, no sugar, no cream”—to Malcolm X’s anti-integrationist coffee allegory, solidifying the assertion that her extremism made her unfit for office…. Levant isn’t fit to discuss Caesar-Chavannes’s racial politics when he missed that her proud “no sugar, no cream” description wasn’t lifted from a Malcolm X speech, but rather a Heavy D song that praises dark-skinned Black women in a culture that has, for centuries, elevated lighter skin.
—Andray Domise, Maclone’s, Mar 28, 2018.
Unlike most Indian commenters, who think all Indian clothing worn by Justin Trudeau is funny-looking
It seems unreal that anyone would care about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s socks, or deplore young people for asking him for selfies, or complain that tax dollars cannot be spent on anti-abortion campaigning by religionists, or that government forms say Parents 1 and 2 instead of mother and father…. They are Boring Ottawa Pundit Quarrels, the type of thing that sails past the average Canadian coping with jobs, mortgages and current crushing child care costs (thanks, Premier Wynne)…. What the PM wore on a visit to India doesn’t really register either, although it matters to CBC commenters, who think all Indian clothing is funny-looking.
—Heather Mallick, Toronto Star, Mar. 27, 2018,
Trudeau…was ridiculed by politicians, media and social media users for his dressing style, which was described as “choreographed”, “fake” and “annoying….”A Twiitter user termed Trudeau fashion faux pas a “Mehendi laga key rakhna, doli sajakey rakhna” look.
—“Justin Trudeau mocked for his ‘Bollywood adventure,’” Times of India, Feb. 24, 2018.