Anti-Black Racism 101: Stop Canadiansplaining

Chelby Marie Daigle

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-splaining: a combining form extracted from mansplain, and meaning “to explain or comment on something in a condescending, overconfident, and often inaccurate or oversimplified manner, from the perspective of the group one identifies with

So what is “Canadiansplaining”? It is a word I just made up to describe some recent experiences I’ve had. It’s like Whitesplaining but I have experienced it from both White and racialized Canadians who are not Black or Indigenous.

Since the rise in media attention given to Black Canadians organizing around Black Lives Matter I have had to listen to a lot of “Canadiansplaining” when I have spoken up about my own experiences of anti-Black racism in the presence of some White folks and racialized folks who are not Black or Indigenous.

This usually entails them making me aware of how even though Black folks in Canada are subjected to…

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Twitter Goes Wild Over Usain Bolt and Andre De Grasse’s Olympic Bromance — TIME

Usain Bolt has done it again and Twitter is absolutely loving it. The world’s fastest man grinned his way over the line, once again, Wednesday night in the men’s 200-m semi-finals. But right alongside him, and flashing a big smile back, was Canadian Andre De Grasse. De Grasse closed in on Bolt towards the end…

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WHEN THE SYSTEM WORKS

SERENDIPITY

A couple of nights ago, Garry and I watched an episode of “The American Experience.” It was part two of two and it focused on Lyndon Baines Johnson, Selma, Alabama … and the passage of the Civil and Voting Rights acts.

This is American history, but it’s also part of our personal histories. Those were titanic times. Garry was already a working reporter. I was finished with college and out in the real world.

We remember. It was a very big deal. It was a massive shift in our culture and the reality in which we lived. It was the consummation of centuries of racism and oppression plus decades of the ongoing battle for equal rights — still a work in progress. Of wondering, doubting, if change was even possible.

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After John Kennedy was assassinated, Johnson, a traditional Southern politician who had never shown any special liberal or progressive leanings, came forward and decided…

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