GATINEAU, QUE.—Justin Trudeau says it’s time Canadians acknowledged that racism and unconscious bias against Black people exist in this country.And the prime minister says it’s time to take action to ensure equal opportunity and treatment of the more than one million Black Canadians, including doing more to recruit and elect Black members of Parliament.Trudeau made the comments in a short speech at a reception marking Black History Month. Read more: Trudeau promises family of slain Indigenous man to ‘fix the system’Two weeks ago, Trudeau announced that Canada is officially recognizing the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent, which emphasizes the need for research and data collection to better understand the challenges facing the Black communities around the globe. … [Read more...] about Trudeau says it’s time Canada acknowledges anti-Black racism exists
The acquittal of Gerald Stanley in the death of Colten Boushie has re-exposed systemic racism in the justice system — from the day Colten was shot; to the actions of the police; the peremptory challenges during jury selection; and the verdict delivered last week.The legal system failed Colten. Our hearts are with his family and friends.The continuum of these issues was highlighted by the 2013 report by former Supreme Court Justice Frank Iacobucci in his 2013 review First Nations Representation on Ontario Juries. The jury was the focus of his mandate, but he could not ignore the systemic issues he uncovered, declaring the justice system as being in a state of “crisis.”Despite Iacobucci’s findings, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in R. v. Kokopenace (2015) that the Government of Ontario made “reasonable efforts” to compile a jury roll that included First Nations, and that they chose not to participate. This essentially let Ontario off the hook for a … [Read more...] about Colten Boushie verdict more proof legal system plagued by systemic racism
NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps, who was slated to become the first African American crew member to live on board the International Space Station, was unexpectedly pulled from her June flight.In a brief news release Thursday, NASA announced that Serena Auñón-Chancellor, a fellow member of Epps’s astronaut class who was scheduled to launch later in the year, would be bumped up to take Epps’s place. Epps, who had already started training for her role on Expedition 56/57, will return to Johnson Space Center in Houston, where she will be a candidate for future crews.NASA did not give an explanation for the crew change. But Epps’s brother blamed racism at the space agency.“My sister Dr. Jeannette Epps has been fighting against oppressive racism and misogynist in NASA and now they are holding her back and allowing a Caucasian Astronaut to take her place!” Henry Epps wrote in a Facebook post Saturday (the post has since been removed). He linked to a … [Read more...] about NASA pulls Black astronaut from International Space Station crew. Her brother blames racism.
A northern Ontario police service that has faced allegations of systemic racism says it is forming a working group to help it reshape its diversity training, recruitment, communications and community policing.The Thunder Bay Police Service says the working group will include members of the service and volunteers from the community.Officials say the initiative’s purpose is righting relations inside and outside the police service, particularly with the Indigenous community.It will also involve restructuring the force’s Aboriginal Liaison Unit, attempting to recruit Indigenous and other under-represented groups to the police service and creating ongoing diversity training for staff. Read more: … [Read more...] about Thunder Bay police forming working group to help address allegations of systemic racism
Anyone who’s had to find a new place to live understands how daunting it can be.Searching for a convenient location, setting up viewings, sifting through paperwork and considering your budget take time and effort.It gets even more complicated when landlords don’t want tenants of your ethnicity – and you can’t even get a viewing.In Malaysia, people of African and Indian descent suffer most when it comes to racism in the property market.In June 2016, residents at a condominium complex in Cheras, a municipality outside Kuala Lumpur, made headlines when they put up a banner encouraging landlords to “say no to African people”.The bright red banner also bore the image of a dark-skinned man with a large yellow X across his face.It read: “ATTENTION! All homeowners and property agents: In accordance with our Internal Housing Law [House Rule Para 20.2(b)], no Africans shall be permitted to rent premises in Pangsapuri Waja with immediate effect”.The … [Read more...] about Racism in Malaysia’s housing market: how landlords get away with barring African and South Asian tenants