In light of The Guardian's recent feature, describing that, "Barely 3% of Britain’s most powerful and influential people are from black and minority ethnic groups..[highlighting] startling inequality despite decades of legislation to address discrimination."
It led me to wonder if there is anywhere in the West where Black people are not discriminated against; especially when - within the country that is often posited as a haven for openness and equality - Canada; it seems to be normal service as ever here, for those who I have spoken to and interviewed.
"Racism in Quebec is still situated within the rivalry between nationalists and federalists, and the argument over who is more tolerant than the other. Every once in a while, the CBC or some news agency - or, for that matter, the Quebec government - has tried to articulate and demonstrate how racist, or non-racist, purelaine Quebecois are."
"Black people and people of colour are forced into having to tell their history - scream their history - and continue to answer and talk back to 'the official organs of communication' that are pumping out propaganda about 'Canada - land of tolerance,' 'Canada - land of no segregation,' and 'Canada - land of no racism.'
Scott Clarke - for more click here
Blackface controversy highlights Quebec's media diversity problem - Dan Delmar (click on link for more)
"It’s disturbing how during this, the first week of Black History Month, some Quebec media personalities are mounting vigorous defences in support of blackface or, as they frame it, freedom: the freedom to continue excluding minorities from a star system that is disproportionally white and Franco-Catholic."