I Am Afraid

“No, I am not afraid to die—it’s every breath that comes before.” The Oh Hellos I do not know when or where I’ll take my last breath. But I do know where I’ll be after I draw that last breath. My last breath on earth will be my first breath in heaven. This is why…

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Black Lives Matter and the Gospel

I recently came across a response to my Black Lives Matter and White Privilege article by a writer from CultureWarReporters.com. And though the writer, Evan, is critical of my article, I actually really enjoyed his response. This is, of course, not to suggest that I agree with Evan’s conclusions or assumptions—which he humbly admits as…

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Black Lives Matter and White Privilege

Black children in Toronto represent 8% of the city’s youth—yet, Black children make up 41% of the city’s foster kids and 40% of its High School dropouts. And though, Black Canadians represent only 3% of the Canadian population, 10% of the nation’s prison inmates are Black. In America, only 47% of Black students graduate from…

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Black Lives Matter, Keith Lamont Scott, and Brentley Vinson

By now, you probably know about Keith Lamont Scott. You’ve probably seen images of his lifeless body on the ground. You’ve probably heard the devastated voices of his grieving family members. By now, you probably know that Keith Lamont Scott was killed by a police officer last week in Charlotte, North Carolina. However, you are…

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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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