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Category: Colonialism

NFL Backtracks After Penalizing Player For Brief Muslim Prayer

The National Football League has another publicity gaff on their hands and the season has barely begun… Looks like it’s much easier to be a practicing Christian in the NFL than it is… well… to celebrate any other faith. The NFL has responded to the referee’s call saying that “Officiating Mechanic is not to flag player […]

An Article on Shonda Rhimes Rightly Causes a Furor

A follow-up piece has been posted on The New York Times Public Editor Journal about the article written by Allesandra Stanley on Shonda Rhimes, of which the first line contains this phrase: How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman. Public Editor Margaret Sullivan has begun an internal investigation into the piece’s editing process, and has […]

The New York Times, Shonda Rhimes & How to Get Away With Being Racist

It’s great to be a black woman writing angry black women … so long as they fit your angry black stereotypes? Jezebel hits it on the head with writer Kara Brown’s response to The New York Times article by television journalist and critic Alessandra Stanley. In a New York Times articles that points out the successful career or story running […]

Iggy Azalea and a Culture of Appropriation

Anita Majumdar’s Candice Paskis may have her work cut out for her if she wants to top Iggy Azalea in the cultural appropriation race. It’s disturbing when the another culture is fetishized for what Iggy describes as a “fantasy” music video. “Fantasy” it may be, but your cultural appropriation is not fantasy, it’s blatant. /EMH Originally published […]

Racism is Alive and Well in Toronto

torontoist posted this fantastic article written by Rima Berns-McGown today, focused on how racism is still pervasive in our society and especially here in Toronto. Coming from a small town, I have to say that if it’s thought that racism is still alive and strong in our major city centres, you don’t have to look far to […]

What is Cultural Appropriation?

What is cultural appropriation? A fantastic tedx Youth Talk from Ann Arbor that focuses on the cultural appropriation perpetuated in pop culture. Aaliyah Jihad kills it in her explanation, exploration, and suggestions around the difference between cultural appropriation and cultural exchange. /EMH ———-    

Why a Bindi is Not Cultural Appropriation

There have been a number of concerns around cultural appropriation, specifically concerning the use of the bindi. After Selena Gomez’s appearance at the MTV Awards in 2013 and the outcry from Hindu leaders there were some serious accusations about cultural appropriation thrown around on social mdia. In this blog post, published by The Huffington Post, […]

Selena Gomez Bindi: Hindu Leaders Demand Apology For MTV Movie Awards

An oldie, posted originally in 2013, but a goodie when it comes to cultural symbols and whether or not the adoption of them in pop culture is cultural appropriation. Selena Gomez is certainly not the first pop star to use a bindi, specifically, in her performances (e.g. Madonna, Gwen Stefani), but that is not a […]

I Don’t Want A Colourblind World

Tanisha Taitt, a Toronto-based theatre artist and educator, wrote this fantastic piece on her blog, The Bodhichitta Bowl, in August 2014. In it she  points out the difficulties of the term “colourblind” and what the impact of that is for people of colour, and specifically for Black people. Instead she calls for a colour-kind world, […]