We Pivot: An Easy Test of Cultural Appreciation Not Appropriation, Oluo 11/18

Chapter 10 of Ijeoma Oluo’s deeply valuable So You Want to Talk About Race focuses on the how to appreciate culture instead of appropriate it. It debates whether white people can/should rap. It’s not about Vanilla Ice versus Eminem or … [Read more]

We Pivot: The “N” Word Debate Is Over, Oluo 10/18

Chapter 9 of Ijeoma Oluo’s awesome So You Want to Talk About Race focuses on the debate about whether various people can/should say the “N” word. When I watched Dear White People on Netflix, I saw a sublime example of … [Read more]

We Pivot: Canada’s Secret School-to-Prison Pipeline, Oluo 9/18

Chapter 9 of Ijeoma Oluo’s awesome So You Want to Talk About Race focuses on how systemic racism in institutions like school create a recipe for failure for non-whites. This is one of the largest comprehension divides for Canadians trying … [Read more]

We Pivot: Not Being Defensive About Racist Police Brutality, Oluo 7/18

Despite the statistics that police treat people of colour and indigenous people more unfairly and brutally, a reflexive defensiveness exists to discount that experience. When people who aren’t white complain about driving while black, etc., is our initial impulse to … [Read more]

We Pivot: White Men Need Intersectionality Expertise, Oluo 6/18

Intersectionality needs to become the most understood word as we wind down this decade. I’ve been thinking that for a few years now, but chapter 5 of Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race deeply reinforces that. My … [Read more]

We Pivot: Entitlement Mapping 101, Oluo 5/18

Fresh off of chapter 3 of Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race, we now enter the check your privilege chapter. This is a critical chapter to ensure that as we delve into the rest of the book, … [Read more]

We Pivot: Inevitable Race Conversation Mistakes, Oluo Day 4/18

I love chapter 3 of Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race. It reminds us that our human/race arrogance is a deep impediment to making a difference in the world. Francesca Ramsey, whose voice is spreading more widely … [Read more]

We Pivot: The Racism-Power Intersection, Day 3/18

Let’s get into chapter 2 of Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race! It’s been hard in recent year to talk about reverse racism, which I don’t believe exists. Racism is prejudice based on race, but there’s always … [Read more]

We Pivot: Oluo, Race, Class and Priorities: Day 2/18

Chapter 1 of Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race is called “Is It Really About Race?” In the debrief of the 2016 election, many folks have concluded that if we paid more attention to poor white people … [Read more]

We Pivot: So You Want to Talk About Race, Day 1/18

Ijeoma Oluo’s new book is out: So You Want to Talk About Race. I first encountered her writing in Medium and was quite gripped by her wisdom. So I pre-ordered her book and started it today. Every day for the … [Read more]

The Canadian Progressive: Trump may have emboldened hate in Canada, but it was already here

While many Canadians often associate the continuing rise in white supremacist hate in Canada to US President Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric, the right-wing extremist movement was already “alive and well” in Canada, “with more than 100 active groups and well over 100 reported incidents of right-wing extremist violence in the country between 1980 and 2015.” ...

We Pivot: Horgan Insults Delgamuukw with the Site C Debacle

20 years ago yesterday came the Supreme Court’s Delgamuukw ruling, ensuring that this “Canada” recognizes pre-existing aboriginal sovereignty, especially in BC where virtually none of the land was ever ceded to the British Crown. This is a pathetic day for … [Read more]

We Pivot: Louis C.K.’s “Victims” Didn’t Put Vancouver Animators Out of Work

We need more from the CBC. And the Canadian Press. “Sexual Misconduct Claims Against Louis C.K. put Vancouver Animators Out of Work” was the initial headline of a Canadian Press wire piece that the CBC ran, which has since been … [Read more]

We Pivot: Men Steal Women’s Due Process

I didn’t think this up, but it’s been gnawing at me for years and many times in recent months with all the sexual predators being outed…with still millions more to go, I’m sure. Should there be consequences to these alleged … [Read more]

We Pivot: The USA Is Disconnecting From Reality

The US government is a deranged, terrorist state. There is a broad epidemic of people throughout America with damaged mental health who are unhinged from reality. That people are trolling Las Vegas shooting victims, calling them frauds, that the shooting … [Read more]

The Canadian Progressive: Anti-semitism, racism and other old white supremacist prejudices die hard

Anti-semitism, racism and other prejudices are on the rise in most established democracies. Still, silencing white supremacists on the Internet is counterproductive. It would only lead to more senseless acts violence similar to those perpetrated by Anders Breivik and Rhodesia-inspired Dylann Roof. The post Anti-semitism, racism and other old white supremacist prejudices die hard appeared ...

The Canadian Progressive: New NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh battles racism in Canadian politics with love

Jagmeet Singh, a martial artist, Sikh lawyer, and newly-elected leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party (NDP), uses love to challenge racism, Islamophobia and white supremacy in Canadian politics and society. The post New NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh battles racism in Canadian politics with love appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

We Pivot: Trudeau’s Empty “Yes We Can” Moment

Obama’s “Yes We Can” mantra made many question, yes we can do what exactly? That was its brilliance. He became whatever to whoever. Trudeau’s commitment to a national inquiry on murdered and missing indigenous women has become the same emptiness, … [Read more]

The Canadian Progressive: Silencing white supremacists on the Internet breeds more racist violence

Silencing white supremacists on the Internet would only lead to white feelings of persecution, paranoia, white genocide conspiracy theories and acts violence similar to those recently perpetrated by Anders Breivik and Rhodesia-inspired Dylann Roof. The post Silencing white supremacists on the Internet breeds more racist violence appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Can peaceful grassroots activism stop the white supremacist movement’s embrace of violence?

The threat of white supremacist terrorism is a constant in U.S. history, writes Shane Burley, author of the forthcoming book, Fascism Today: What It Is and How We End It. The post Can peaceful grassroots activism stop the white supremacist movement’s embrace of violence? appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: No, I Won’t Stop Saying “White Supremacy”

According to Robin DiAngelo, a former Associate Professor of Multicultural Education: “Naming white supremacy changes the conversation because it shifts the problem to white people, where it belongs.” The post No, I Won’t Stop Saying “White Supremacy” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Mental illness the go-to excuse for white men committing acts of terrorism against people of color

The label “mental illness”, when referred to white men who’ve committed acts of terrorism against people of color, downplays racism and elicits sympathy for the bigoted murderer, argues Zenobia Jeffries, YES! Magazine’s racial justice associate editor. The post Mental illness the go-to excuse for white men committing acts of terrorism against people of color appeared ...

We Pivot: Feminism and Intersectionality, LIVE!

Feminism, intersectionality, activism in a world spinning out of rationality? Need to some grounding, inspiration and joy? Want to see the woman who invented the word “intersectionality”? Here’s what should be on your plate tomorrow night at 730pm PST! Tony … [Read more]

We Pivot: Community First, Deportations Second?

Residents were upset that the president who promised to deport undocumented immigrants was rounding up undocumented immigrants in order to deport them. “I knew he was Mexican, but he’s been here so long, he’s just one of us,” Debra Johnson, … [Read more]

We Pivot: T$$$p and His Cabinet Are TRYING to Trigger Us All

Like a 3-year-old trying to bug siblings and parents to receive ANY kind of attention, T$$$p and his cabinet are on a distraction campaign to trigger people to flip out so that we’re distracted from their agenda of deconstructing America … [Read more]