Black Lives Matter Toronto

For many, Black Lives Matter is an American movement about an American problem. Not according to Black Lives Matter UK, however, who insist that, “the struggle is global.” One of these struggles, apparently, is climate change. Last week, Black Lives Matter’s UK chapter chained themselves together on Britain’s London City Airport runway—shutting the airport down…

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Black Lives Matter, and the Self-hating, White-washed, Uncle Toms.

In an apparent attempt to reveal Killer Croc’s actual skin colour known to audiences—the character’s entire body is covered by crocodile Skin—Suicide Squad portrays Killer Croc as a character who really likes BET (Black Entertainment Television); effectively suggesting that Killer Croc likes BET—he must be Black! Accidentally, the film’s director, David Ayer, made what I…

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Black Lives Matter and Martin Luther King’s Dream

When American police officers killed Alton Sterling and Philando Castile several weeks ago, their deaths marked the 124th and 125th occasion at that time that a Black person had been killed by American police officers in 2016. Alarmingly, in the four weeks since their deaths, an additional 13 black Americans have been killed by police…

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My Father

I’ve come to accept that I am probably never going to meet my father. I know that I am probably never going to shake my father’s hand—or give him the most awkward hug in history. I am never going to get to ask him the questions I’ve been wanting to ask since I was old…

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Black Lives Matter and The Atlantic Slave Trade

I was ten years old when I attended my first class in Montreal as a new immigrant to Canada. Sometime into that class, the Quebecois teacher asked me for the English translation of a French word, supposedly to assess my level of French. I answered him, and in what would serve as a preview for…

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Do All Black Lives Matter?

In Matthew 7:1-5, Jesus Christ said: “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own…

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Why I Do Not Support Black Lives Matter

In an article for The Feminist Wire, Alicia Garcia, one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter, wrote: “Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.” Alicia Garcia’s description of the Black Lives Matter movement is crucial. When I write that…

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The Justification Project

This past Friday, I joined other members of my church and that of other churches within Toronto for a multi-church Good Friday service. It was a fantastic night of joyous singing, eager sermon listening, and memorable fellowship with old and new friends. However, it was also one of the rare Friday nights when I wasn’t…

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America Is So White

According to several studies, black Americans make up only 13% of the American population. Contrastingly, white Americans make up 62% of the American population. Which effectively makes white Americans the racial majority and black Americans a racial minority in America. What is the significance of that? Well, if you’ve been following entertainment news lately, you’ve…

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New Year, Same Me

We are now several days into 2016, and the new year has already confirmed what I knew would be true at the dawn of the year. The new year is accompanied by natural disasters like the earthquake in India and Bangladesh that killed 13 people. Cancer and other illnesses continue to sicken and kill more people. The…

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