WEB - Russian Express - Toronto, 12/06/2020 - COMMENTARY, Russian
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Summary Translation: A. Gladkov - The author discusses the anti-police campaign in Canada, and the fact that mass media is circulating demands to disperse the police. Unable to withstand the pressure, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders resigned: an African-American Chief of the service which is accused of racism against African-Americans. However, the author says that Saunders could have left his post much earlier. Chief Saunders could have resigned last fall, when he announced that Toronto is a safe city unless you visit its dangerous neighbourhoods when it gets dark. Probably, Saunders already knew that the gangsters shoot and kill at any time, anywhere, including busy downtown streets. However, his words were also a hidden acknowledgement of the fact that the police were no longer able to effectively ensure that Toronto remains a safe city. Therefore, the author says that the anti-police campaign and comments of some Canadian politicians, including the "top" ones, about the "widespread" racism in Canada, seem completely unacceptable. According to the author, a responsible politician should talk about how fair and democratic Canadian society is, how much it has achieved in the fight against racism and inequality. The author continues by saying that the absence of “systemic racism” in Canada is evidenced by an open immigration policy, by the official multiculturalism policy, by employment priorities for racial and other minorities, and by a desire of millions of Africans, Hispanics and Asians to immigrate to Canada. The author admits that police reform is needed in order to to make its work more effective. But this has nothing to do with "racism." The anti-police campaign does not help the fight against crime. The author says that "this hysteria is contrary to the interests of the vast majority of the Canadian population, who see the police as the last defence against the invincible and ubiquitous armed gangster."
Link to original article: https://russianexpress.net/nid/26226?mid=864
By Lina Katrin
Image source: collage of ethnic media stories
Self-reflection is crucial in times of public unrest, and it is time to look at the facts. The issue of racism is not new, and everyone who says there is no definite answer on whether systematic racism exists in Canada is turning a blind eye to people’s testimonies. In fact, several ethnic media outlets have come forward with opinions on and discussions about the history of unjust discrimination in Canada and repetitive instances of police brutality toward minorities.
On OMNI News: Punjabi Edition, a Punjabi TV program from Toronto, U of T Sociology Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah reminded the viewers: “We don’t have a Canada without the Indian Act, residential schools, and the reservation system. We don’t have Canada without slavery and segregation.” To this day the old system and beliefs influence how employers perceive the potential work ethic of job applicants or how the police decide who they want to stop and search.
Similarly, Annie Lu of Ottawazine, a Chinese web source from Ottawa, said she believes Canadians pay little attention to racial discrimination in their own country. She urged Canadians to take care of their own domestic affairs first and recognize that Black people are suffering due to discrimination. On Mark & Jem in the Morning, a Caribbean radio program aired on G 98.7 FM from Toronto, the hosts provided an example: last fall, an independent study showed a Black person was four times more likely to be stopped by officers.
According to CBC News, since Caucasians are the largest racial group in Canada, they represent nearly half the victims of police violence in the database. However, when taking into account the racial and ethnic composition of the overall population, two distinct groups are overwhelmingly over-represented in these encounters: black and Indigenous people.
It is important to remember that behind each statistic there are real people who suffer from years of oppression. On CIAO 530 AM Punjabi in Toronto, former immigration minister and current Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Ahmed Hussen, said that despite his high-profile position, anti-black racism is a part of his life – and that so many of others. During the interview, he shared that he still gets followed around in stores and has a visceral reaction when police vehicles are nearby.
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan also shared his experiences with discrimination with the Canadian Punjabi Post, a Toronto-based newspaper. He said: “It’s the sort of story Canadians love to boast about: a country so accepting of others that even our most tradition-loving institutions will immediately welcome people of all colours and backgrounds. But it’s not the full story.” Sajjan said that in his early years in the military people were “throwing” power and privilege in his face, showing him the depth of racial prejudice in Canada.
These are just two stories of high-ranking Canadian government officials. What about the stories of countless Black victims who didn’t just experience an uncomfortable encounter with racism but lost their lives because of police violence and negligence? Van People, a Chinese web source from Vancouver, reported the recent death of a 29-year-old African-Canadian woman, Regis Korchinski-Paquet, as the fuse of Canada’s protests. As the tension between protesters and police officers is growing, it is quite easy to identify one of the main reasons for public frustration and calls for defunding the police — ignorance of the existence of systematic racism in Canada.
Fadi Al Harouni of RCI Arabic, a web source from Montreal, reported that although Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec Premier Francois Legault agreed that racism against black people exists in Canada and must be combatted, the two disagreed on the presence of systematic racism in the country. Trudeau said: “Racism towards blacks, systemic discrimination, injustice, it is also with us.” Yet, many officials take Legault’s side. The hosts of Mark & Jem in the Morning specifically called Premier Doug Ford’s commentary on the US protests a “normal blind-sighted ignorance” when Ford said Canada doesn’t have the systemic deep-rooted racism of the US.
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and Stockwell Day, a former MP and a former cabinet minister of the federal government, both sided with Ford on the issue. Van People reported that Day was dismissed and resigned from two important positions within one day after denying that Canada is a racist country.
However, firing government officials and prosecuting police officers who take the lives of black people isn’t enough. The public is demanding a clear change in the system, starting by defunding the police.
Radio host Eric Sifuentes, speaking on Toronto’s CHIN 91.9 FM Spanish program, said that he isn’t against the police but is in favour of other areas of service, which don’t receive the same injection of public funding, such as services for children and sports. When the crime rate rises, there is a call for more police officers, but when the crime rate drops, there is a call to keep the number of police officers up to maintain the rate, according to Sifuentes. Silvia Mendez, another host on the show, said that the police have been receiving too much funding for too many years. They both agreed that in times of budget cuts, police shouldn’t be spared, and Sifuentes doesn’t want his property taxes funding “the most expensive force in the galaxy.”
Just this January, the city of Brampton welcomed the Ontario government’s funding announcement of $20.5 million for Peel Regional Police to increase resources to strengthen community safety initiatives, according to Urdu Times Canada, a newspaper from Toronto. During the announcement, Mayor Patrick Brown said: “I am grateful that Premier Ford and Solicitor General Jones have heard our call for guns and gang funding. This is an important tool that our police require to keep Brampton and Peel Region safe.” This statement creates an impression that there can be no safety unless the police have access to guns. Yet as recent events show, the immense power the funding grants the police can lead to more violence toward people of colour.
Defunding the police means reassigning some of its roles rather than abolishing it. Mark Strong of Mark & Jem in the Morning said that in Toronto, where almost a quarter of property taxes go to funding the police, two city councillors put forth a motion to cut the city's police budget by 10%. The hosts discussed how redirecting some of the funding would reassign certain functions that the police are not performing well, instances where there have been negative outcomes such as violence and criminalization.
For example, in the tragedy of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, the police didn’t take advantage of the Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team initiative that was launched in February of this year, allegedly creating a new approach to first response to mental health crises. Prime News Canada, a Punjabi TV program in Brampton, reported that people call the police in an emergency but now with the Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team, they are supposed to have a social worker and a health care professional with them to help provide people with the right health care. After Korchinski-Paquet's death, there are even more calls for redistributing the police departments’ funding toward organizations that are better prepared to provide essential services.
However, in January this year, Jasbir Shameel, the host of Good Morning Toronto, a Punjabi radio program on Red FM 88.9, expressed an alternative viewpoint, saying that the police budget cuts compromise public safety. Callers also said that increased immigration and migration in the Peel Region, especially in Brampton, is causing more crime in the area. Still, the police have proven time and time again that more funding doesn’t guarantee safety and protection. On the contrary, according to many spokespeople in the community, it gives the police power over people, and such power is often deadly toward minorities.
Racism didn’t start with George Floyd’s death. This issue is deeply rooted in our society, in ways we communicate and treat each other. This issue is ongoing, but enough is enough. What happened to Floyd, Korchinski-Paquet, and thousands of other black people who lost their lives because of police brutality is unacceptable, unforgivable, and measures need to be taken to rewrite the code and change the systemic racism in Canada. Many ethnic media outlets agree that the first step is to review police funding and make appropriate cuts. A caller on Red FM 88.9 Good Morning Toronto bottom-lines the argument: “The police are there to enforce the law and not to deliver justice.”
PRINT - Corriere Canadese - Toronto, 17/06/2020 - COMMENTARY, Italian
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Summary Translation: Joe Volpe - In Canada, being “bilingual” means being able to speak one of the two official languages as well as one’s own. Governments engaged in “nation-building” seem reticent to recognize this fact, except when they are in “campaign mode.” The “third-language” group is second only to the Anglophones in number. Given the immigration policies, it is the only one that is growing. The 2016 Census discovered that 23% of the population communicates in a “third” language. Sixty per cent of ethnic language periodicals have ceased publication, a number that could rise to 90% if the COVID-19 crisis continues much longer. The damage culturally and in terms of lost jobs and activities will surely reflect on senior levels of government.
RADIO - Red FM 93.1 Punjabi Morning - Vancouver, 12/06/2020 - COMMENTARY, Punjabi
Summary Translation: Harjinder Thind - There is talk that the RCMP should be more diverse. Commissioner Brenda Lucki also said that there can be improvement in the RCMP. Initially, the RCMP was a paramilitary force and consisted only of White people, and Indigenous people were not given entry into it. Slowly, different people came to be recruited, but today does the RCMP reflect the population it serves? For example, are the people of colour who live in Surrey reflected in the Surrey RCMP? So this is the biggest issue. Years ago, the decisions made for Indigenous people were made by boards consisting of White people. The population being served should be reflected in the boards. That is why a long time ago, I [the host] started a campaign on this show for employment equity on decision-making boards in British Columbia, such as the Fraser Health Board, where there were no people of colour when its policies would impact a large number of people of colour. Now there is some improvement, but it still is not enough. Now there is pressure for more diversity to be visible in the RCMP. We hope that diversity will increase. It should not happen that people of colour in the RCMP are unable to rise above the position of constable. It should not happen that they do not rise above certain ranks and other less deserving people rise instead.
Peel Police Services Board will take every step to fix accountability and win trust of the people: Ron Chatha - Punjabi
PRINT - Canadian Punjabi Post - Toronto, 10/06/2020 - NEWS, Punjabi
Summary Translation: Chairman of the Peel Police Services Board Ron Chatha says that they can feel the restlessness, fear and anger among a large number of people in North America because of the recent incidents [around George Floyd]. Ron says he wants to assure that Peel Regional Police and The Peel Police Services Board are standing with all those people who are heartbroken and perturbed by the recent facts. He says the board will ensure everyone is accountable for every decision, which will be taken to win the confidence of the people.
RADIO - CHIN 91.9 FM Spanish - Toronto, 10/06/2020 - TALK SHOW, Spanish
Summary Translation: Eric Sifuentes, Silvia Mendez - According to radio host Eric Sifuentes, he has been consistent for years in his opinion regarding de-funding the police. It's not that he is against the police, but he is in favour of other areas which don't receive the same injection of public funding. This includes important areas like services for children and sports, among other things. It's not that we monopolize municipal funding for the police, but in Eric Sifuentes' opinion, funding has been too favourable for them. For example, Premier Doug Ford and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earn less than the Toronto police chief, who earns more than $1,000 per day. Eric Sifuentes asks is this is fair and does this make sense? He sure doesn't think so, and he noted that the police don't want Mark Saunders. This is creating an uncomfortable situation for the police union, which is very powerful. Mark Saunders could have been a police chief who implemented reforms. Radio host Silvia Mendez said that the police have been receiving too much funding for too many years. When the crime rate rises, there is a call for more police officers, but when the crime rate drops, there is a call to keep the number of police up to maintain the rate, noted Eric Sifuentes. The police do a good job, but not all problems in society need to be solved by the police. It's unfortunate what happened to George Floyd but his legacy is bringing about a much needed change in policing. In times of budget cuts, why are the police always spared? Eric Sifuentes is tired of seeing this year after year in Toronto, and sick of seeing his property taxes going to fund the most expensive police force in the galaxy.
WEB - RCI Arabic - 09/06/2020 - NEWS, Arabic
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Summary Translation: Dan Brian, spokesman for the RCMP, confirmed that the police will begin providing some of their members with body cameras, in a move that coincided with mass demonstrations denouncing the police’s aggressiveness. The decision came after the prime minister made a phone call to RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki expressing his desire to provide all RCMP personnel with body cameras while carrying out their duties. Brian said that he does not yet know the cost of the project and who it is responsible for it.
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Filipino Heritage Month 2020: Dismantling anti-blackness is to honour our ancestors and our roots - Filipino
WEB - Philippine Canadian News - National, 04/06/2020 - EDITORIAL, English
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Summary: Ted Alcuitas - The pressure is to be "white." With the many uprisings happening on the streets of North America against white supremacy and terrorism, it is important for us Filipinos to reflect and understand why it is important to stand together with our Black sisters and brothers. Being born and raised in the post-colonial, colonial, neo-colonial Philippines, the experience of growing up was surrounded by the anti-blackness mentality. It is embedded in the Filipino culture. Being ridiculed, bullied, discriminated against, and isolated for having a darker complexion indeed happen not only in the Philippines. Let’s be honest that racism has unfortunately been deeply rooted in many aspects of Philippine culture, in the Philippines and in the diaspora. Most television shows have been donning our screens with celebrities with white skin or lighter skin complexion. We are led to believe that white is beautiful and black is ugly. Such idolising traces back to the unequal master-and-slave dynamic when Filipinos were indentured servants by the European colonial settlers. To date, it is not surprising many Filipino screens and ads are bombarded with mixed-raced Filipinos, ideally lighter skinned and of Eurocentric beauty. The “mestiza” indeed became a category in terms of beauty standards in the Philippines as well. Anti-blackness in the Philippines also angles with being anti-poor. Same here in North America: commercial ads for missionary work and NGOs are bombarded with images of crying and malnourished African-descent or non-white poor children from poverty stricken “Third World” countries. Photo-ops feature non-white poor people for charity and missionary work’s sake by many privileged white people and their groups or organizations. This can also strongly instigate racism and “white saviour” mentalities. For hundreds of years, we were and are forced to believe that whiteness is the superior race. White is rich and black is poor. The idolized images of white-skinned Jesus, Mary, and the Saints displayed in shrines in most Filipino households have led us to believe that white is good and black is evil. As June marks the Filipino Heritage Month in Canada, we indeed are our ancestors’ wildest dreams. Each time we rise against white terrorism and supremacy, against colonial oppression anywhere in the world, we become part of the long continuous struggle of our ancestors. How can we truly honour our ancestors? Black Lives Matter.
WEB - Van People - Vancouver, 05/06/2020 - ARTICLE, Chinese
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Summary Translation: Seven Days Reporter - Since May, the global eruption of protests against police brutality and racial discrimination has cause many parents to face questions raised by their children about these topics. Experts said it is wrong for parents to neglect addressing these questions because they think their child is still too young to accept the truth. It is more common for people of colour to discuss race in their daily conversations. Due to the recent large-scale protests, many white parents are beginning to talk about race with their children. It is important to note that inaction does not mean neutrality. Inaction can be a way of supporting oppression. San Francisco pediatrician Rhea Boyd said starting conversations on anti-racism is a way to become a role model for their children. The author said it is common knowledge that it is hard to change biases after we become adults. It is always the parents who feel uncomfortable talking about these kinds of topics, but children will not have that sensitivity.
Link to original article: https://info.vanpeople.com/?action-viewnews-catid-51-itemid-1082532
By Muskan Sandhu
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
-- Langston Hughes, "Harlem," 1951
The African American dream has exploded. And the smell of its tattered skin is nauseating to the custodians of White privilege.
The cold-blooded murder of George Floyd by the police has proven to be a tipping point. As protests erupt across North America, Canadian ethnic media has come forward in solidarity with the Black community.
Image source: collage of ethnic media stories
Several media outlets shed light on the historically repetitive nature of police brutality and injustice towards Black people. Yvonne Sam of the Caribbean news outlet Pride, published from Ontario, wrote: “Another day in the United States of America; another White cop around; another Black man, face down on the ground; another mournful alert, about failing breath — all translated into yet, another death….For far too long, Black humanity has been denied on American soil.”
Similarly, on the Harjinder Thind Show, a Punjabi radio program aired on Red FM 93.1 from Vancouver, Thind commented that, “if America is burning today”, it is because of the complete denial of justice over the years in the institutional murders of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and the lynching of Rodney King.
The Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha from Toronto pointed out that even though the world is preoccupied with COVID-19, long-standing issues are alive and kicking: “When we thought that there was no room for issues other than the COVID-19 pandemic today, we remember that structural problems may be temporarily hushed up, but they are still there.”
The Canadian prime minister may have had to bite his tongue in commenting on the neighbouring country’s president, but ethnic media outlets have not held back from denouncing, in straightforward terms, US President Donald Trump’s attitude. Vancouver’s Chinese newspaper Van People condemned Trump’s leadership during the pandemic and his prejudice against African Americans.
Eric Sifuentes from Toronto’s CHIN 91.9 FM Spanish program said that the situation is being exacerbated by the inflammatory comments of Donald Trump and some US governors have even asked Trump to please shut up. The Harjinder Thind Show pointed out that the president’s comment, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” is an echo of the statement made by a tyrannical police officer in the 1960s. Indeed, a chilling reminder of the legacy of Black oppression.
The media’s engagement hasn’t been a unilateral one either, and it’s actively participating in the process of introspection necessitated by such events. There is a call to look within their own respective communities and address uncomfortable, unspoken prejudices. Van People noted that “racial discrimination will only be eliminated when all discriminated races come together to fight”, adding that “if Chinese people value their Canadian identity, then they should value peace in the community and say no to racial discrimination.”
On the TV channel OMNI News: Punjabi Edition from Toronto, a Punjabi woman who participated in the protest in Toronto asked, “If we do not support one another, who will support us?” Meanwhile a student noted that: “People should talk with their family members at the dinner table about how we are complicit [in racist attitudes].” The host on the show added that this conversation should start in the school system and “parents should go to the school board meetings and listen to the perspectives of Black parents.”
In a similar vein, Wati Rehmat from Muslim Connect, a pan-Canada news platform for Muslim Canadians, wrote that it is great that the Muslim community comes out in outrage when crimes such as the murder of George Floyd occur. However, the community needs to reflect upon and address its own anti-Blackness and shadeism - “It is a slippery slope from when you regard someone with a darker skin as inferior or less desirable to tragically de-valuing Black lives.” Rehmat’s comments are incisive in the larger context of the deep-rooted desire for a fair complexion prevalent in several postcolonial nations.
The message across diverse media, then, is unadulterated: Black Lives Matter.
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PRINT - Sept Days - Montreal, 04/06/2020 - ARTICLE, Chinese
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Summary Translation: Yan Hong - This article discusses the recent incidents of George Floyd and Regis Korchinski-Paquet and the series of ongoing protests in the US and Canada, as well as the issue of racism in general. The article points out that racism has existed in North America for a very long time, and has a very deep rooted cause. The increasing income gap in between the rich and poor in the capitalist society has further marginalized the ethnic minorities in the bottom class. The COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated the issue of class inequality. Additionally, the ethnic minorities have been largely neglected by politicians because of the current election system, in which the majority rules. The article further points out that the focus of the ongoing protests is still on racism, not on class inequality. The tragedy of George Floyd will not be the last one, and similar protests will happen again.
Link to original article: https://e.issuu.com/anonymous-embed.html?u=7daysclub&d=p699-2020
TV - OMNI News: Punjabi Edition - Toronto, 02/06/2020 - FEATURE, Punjabi
Summary Translation: Gautam Arora - Tuesday was Blackout Tuesday after the death of a Black man in the US. It was a world-wide initiative on social media started by two Black women in the US music industry who decided #theshowmustbepaused. Instead of posting photos and other images, people posted black posts. This was meant to intentionally disrupt the workweek. Simon Fraser University social media expert Sun-Ha Hong said black squares were all one could see on Instagram. This can bring attention to what's going on to people who are not aware because they are not in the same networks. The initiative spread very quickly. Hong said this shows that a lot of people are concerned and a lot of people want to say something in support, but they don't always know how to do it. The black squares are very easy to do, so people feel they can join in. Sp!ce Radio started the 'Raise Your Hands Against Racism' logo. CEO Shushma Datt said they support Blackout Tuesday and Black Lives Matter, but not violence. Amy Go of the Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice said we have to call out racism. Calling for these changes will end up benefiting all Canadians. Fareed Khan of Canadians United Against Hate said he doesn't know what it's like for Black parents to be afraid when their children go out the door and to have to instruct their sons on how to behave if they are stopped by police so they don't get harmed. However, all the different communities understand racism because they have all experienced it. Thousands of Canadians protested last weekend. Amy Go said the systemic change would benefit all of us and is urgent. Anti-Asian racism in COVID-19 calls for urgent action. Anti-Black racism due to police actions calls for urgent action. All these calls for action will only lead to better systems.
WEB - Van People - Vancouver, 03/06/2020 - ARTICLE, Chinese
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Summary Translation: Career Engine - African American George Floyd’s death has led to a series of protests in the United States. Recently, this movement has made its way to Canada. In the video footage, the viewers can clearly hear Floyd crying: “I can’t breathe, please.” Unfortunately, the cop was not moved by his plea and Floyd passed away as a result. The image of a black man being knelt to death by a white cop was too symbolic, it has angered the black community. What should Chinese people do? There are currently two types of trending calls to action. One calls for Chinese people to step up and support the Black community and say no to racial discrimination. Racial discrimination will only be eliminated when all discriminated races come together to fight. Another voice suggests that the Chinese are in a lower class than the Blacks in North America. If the Chinese stands up for the blacks, then who would stand up for the Chinese? This year is the American election, who knows if these protests are organized as a trap? When there is news about the Chinese being discriminated against, the community is always very fragmented. There are two reactions, the Chinese people either speak up immediately or pretend they don’t know anything. The author says if Chinese people value their Canadian identity, then they should value peace in the community and say no to racial discrimination.
Link to original story: https://info.vanpeople.com/?action-viewnews-catid-51-itemid-1081773
Challenging Shadism and Anti-Black Racism in Muslim Communities: Responding to the Killing of George Floyd - Muslim
WEB - Muslim Link - Ottawa, 29/05/2020 - Analysis, English
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Summary: Wati Rahmat - “The beauty of anti-racism is that you don’t have to pretend to be free of racism to be anti-racist. Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself. And it’s the only way forward.”- Ijeomo Oluo, African American anti-racism activist I want to be brutally honest. When a heinous crime like the death of George Floyd happens, we see Muslim community members come up readily in outrage and you see posts crying for justice. This is great and it is what should happen. As I too grieve this senseless loss of life and as George's pleas of "I can't breathe" repeat painfully in my head, I grieve a bigger blight in our Muslim community - the prevalent, deeply entrenched anti-Blackness. No, it's not a leap to link a public lynching to the whitening Instafilters. No, it’s not a stretch to compare all the “Karens” who call on Black bodies for simply existing to you comparing which of your siblings was fairer as a baby. Stop! Anti-Blackness starts with ending adulation of fairness. By valuing fairness, Blackness and shades of darkness are denigrated and looked down upon. It is a slippery slope when you regard someone with a darker skin as inferior or less desirable to tragically de-valuing Black lives. I had to confront my own shade-ism just this weekend. Over Eid, our family had enjoyed a beautiful sunny picnic by the lake. I came home with a darker complexion due to the natural sunlight.
Link to original article: https://muslimlink.ca/news/challenging-shadism-and-anti-black-racism-in-muslim-communities-responding-to-the-killing-of-george-floyd-and-sh
RADIO - Red FM 88.9 Good Morning Toronto - Brampton, 01/06/2020 - News, Punjabi
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Summary Translation: Red FM radio host Shameel Jasvir initiated a discussion over the recent protests in the US and Canada. The callers were saying that what happened due to police action was unfortunate and people from all communities should come forward to condemn such acts and show peaceful protests rather than violence. One caller said that proper investigations should be done before resorting to protests. He gave an example of an old prisoner who gunned down soldiers and was captured by the US. The same person was extradited to Canada and the Canadian government gave him millions of dollars. The caller said that such actions only encourage violence and terrorism. The caller said that the man who was caught by police was doing something wrong by tendering fake currency but when he was caught, he did not cooperate with police, which was wrong. Another caller was of the opinion that racism is not very easy to part with. He said although the politicians are saying and supporting the antiracism sentiments, the fact is that racism does exist in every community to some or larger extent. He gave an example of racism here in Canada and in the Peel region saying students of the Black community are given more detentions and they are held back from choosing better academic subjects. He said that miscreants from all communities take advantage of such violent incidents, like some community members tried to resort to breaking buildings after the protesters held their protests in Montreal. He said the mentality of police is very bad and is very much prevalent even at higher levels in government. If the victim had been a white person then the action of police would have been different. Another caller said that the police is to enforce the law and not to deliver justice. The host said that the Black community needs a powerful leadership. Racism is widely prevalent in each community.