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The ‘It’s okay to be white’ poster campaign, seen in the context of reacting to ‘Black Lives Matter,’ cannot be seen as benign. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The trouble with saying ‘it’s okay to be white’

Posters with the phrase "It's okay to be white" were found around the campus of the University of Manitoba. What does it really mean?
Maxime Bernier speaks about his new political party during a news conference in Ottawa in September 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

What I learned at a People’s Party of Canada rally

Maxime Bernier's new political party may be able to swipe some votes from the Conservatives. But it's going nowhere if he allows it to remain a conduit for xenophobia, nativism and white supremacy.
Discrimination creates gaps in care between white and black men. Rawpixel/Shutterstock.com

How anti-black bias in white men hurts black men’s health

White men hold more racial bias toward blacks than white women do, and this harms blacks' health in significant ways. It not only can lead to some diseases but also impedes treatment.
Barbados was ground zero for racism and slavery but due to the resilience of the islanders, it is a model country of democracy. Here a sugar cane harvest post card, circa 1927. W. L. Johnson & Co. Ltd., Barbados. No. 15

The resilience of Barbados counters Trump’s ‘sh-thole’ remarks

U.S. President Trump's former attorney revealed some ugly racist things his client has said. One of them - once again - speaks of "shit-hole" countries. We need to counter this false idea.
Passengers aboard the MS St. Louis from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Photo Archives. Courtesy of Dr. Liane Reif-Lehrer. Copyright of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

MS St. Louis apology: How novels can teach us about our past

We can learn a lot about our past from fictional stories. In 'What is Left the Daughter,' author Howard Norman presents a cautionary tale from the Second World War of xenophobia and prejudice.
Coalition Avenir Québec leader François Legault on the campaign trail last September before the election that saw his party form a majority government. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Québec’s push to ban the hijab is ‘sexularism’

The Québec government's push to ban the hijab is 'sexularism' and also basic nationalism – one that pits an ‘us’ against ‘them,’ where the ‘them’ represent multiple threats to the nation.
A YouTube producer trying to create a parody of ‘The Simpsons’ found out that Apu is being phased out of the show. While many will miss Apu, others reflect on what his character represents – a flat stereotype of South Asian immigrants. The Simpsons

Goodbye Apu – here’s what you meant to us

Recent rumours of Apu's demise may be exaggerated but his presence has been slowly written out of 'The Simpsons,' and many feel it is time for the stereotyped Indian-American character to go.
In this February 2016 photo, people wave German flags in Erfurt, central Germany, during a demonstration initiated by the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, file)

How Russians have helped fuel the rise of Germany’s far right

The political power of Germany's Russian community is significant, and it's helped fuel the rise of the right-wing, anti-immigration Alternative for Germany party known as the AfD.
New York police officers at the Time Warner Center, Oct. 25, 2018, in New York after report of a suspicious package at CNN. AP/Craig Ruttle

Bombs are part of American political history

Bombs have long been a tool for devotees of the range of fringe American political thought. From anarchists to racists, their methods have wrought havoc – but also have created backlash.
With the imminent visit of Canadian YouTuber Gavin McInnes, Australia could witness an acceleration of organised alt-right activity. John G. Mabanglo/EAP

Why Australia should be wary of the Proud Boys and their violent, alt-right views

Gavin McInnes will be the latest in a string of provocative, right-wing speakers to visit Australia. Each tour pushes the public debate further to the right, with more scope for conflict.
Megyn Kelly appears on the set of her show, ‘Megyn Kelly Today’ at NBC Studios in New York on September 21, 2017. Kelly questioned why dressing up in blackface is wrong. Kelly now says she understands that she needs to be more sensitive. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Invision - Charles Sykes

If you’re thinking of doing blackface for Halloween, just don’t

Many claim the offensive part about blackface is from a long time ago and claim blackface costumes, especially at Halloween, are innocent fun. What could be the harm?
More than 25,000 people voted for Faith Goldy for mayor of Toronto. What does it mean? (Facebook)

The ominous third-place finish of a white supremacist in Toronto

Faith Goldy's third-place finish in the Toronto mayoralty race should not be dismissed. We must be watchful of the potential lessons that other far-right politicians may draw from her campaign.
Civil rights organizations have sued Georgia’s Republican secretary of state for failing to register 53,000 new voters, most of them black. Reuters/Christopher Aluka Berry

Georgia election fight shows that black voter suppression, a southern tradition, still flourishes

Georgia's secretary of state has stalled voter registrations and accused Democrats of hacking. His tactics recall past efforts in the South to suppress black votes, from poll taxes to literacy tests
In a political world, where words are pregnant with moral meanings, language is not innocent of racist content. Here a young man walks in his neighbourhood in Mississauga, ON. Steven Van/Unsplash

‘Thugs’ is a race-code word that fuels anti-Black racism

Toronto Mayor John Tory's use of race-coded words to describe gun violence in Toronto, including "thugs, sewer rats and gangsters," stokes racism and serves to justify policing Black communities.

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