The wokest moments of 2016
It’s done. As absurd as it sounds, Trump is the president-elect. Right wing radicals joined forces with otherwise descent people, who closed their eyes, held their nose and put a tick beside the name of a man backed by the Ku Klux Klan, an organization responsible for the deaths and lynchings of tens of thousands of black american men, women and children. Trump isn’t the first leader head of state […]
It’s D-DAY. Today is the day that changes the course of history. Either America elects it’s first female President, or it elects the most divisive and questionable president ever. I genuinely don’t understand the hate for Hillary Clinton. She’s like any other politician as far as I am concerned, they all have skeletons, they all do back-room deals, they are all war mongers, they all have something to hide. She […]
I have to share the goodness that is the wash-day visor. Why didn’t anyone tell me about these before? Essentially they are plastic visors that sit at the front of your wriggly child’s head and prevents water from falling into their face or eye. I need one of these. NOW! Washing the little madam’s hair is a real struggle. We attempted a salon style sink wash, with her lying on […]
So as #woke individuals, I am going to assume we all understand the problems with representation, sexism, racism etc. that Disney has. Yes they’ve made efforts and strides towards being more inclusive, but even those efforts are fraught with problems. It’s fantastic that there’s a black ‘princess’, and maybe I shouldn’t read too much into it when the little madam takes the wash cloth from the kitchen sink and says […]
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#333333;">One of my beefs with Canada is our lack of preserving and teaching actual Canadian Black History. I guess I was ‘lucky’ to go to a school that did acknowledge black history month, not all do. But when it was taught, it was focused entirely on American black history. What I learned about black Canadian history I knew from one Canada Heritage Underground Railroad commercial.. Remember that? The melodramatic reenactment of slaves arriving in Canada? It positions Canada’s history as a place of freedom. We never know what came before (slavery in Canada) or what came after (persecution, starvation, segregation).
#333333;">The Toronto Star posted an article a while ago, focusing on a push to have a Quebec cemetery where black slaves are buried recognized as a historical landmark. The site is actually called “N—-r Rock”, but what’s semantics. If the site does get recognized as a black history site, it would be one of the very few in Canada. There’s so much history here that we literally bury. Whether it is Freetown in Nova Scotia or the Civil Rights Movement in Montreal. Canadian students are really missing out on a rich history. The only thing most people think they know about black Canadian history is that there was no slavery in Canada and that is flat-out wrong!
For a long time, I couldn’t quite place my finger on what exactly bothered me about seeing a non-black women rocking cornrows or faux fros or… bantu knots. But watching my daughter out of the side of my eye, trying to twist her doll’s hair while I casually perused my Facebook feed, it hit me. There ― for what seemed like the umpteenth time ― was a Kardashian, appropriating a black […]