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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