Black Lives Matter

Activist William Lex Ham, left, and Wanda Mosley, Senior Coordinator in Georgia at Black Voters Matter, speak at a Stop AAPI Hate Rally in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., on Saturday, March 20, 2021. Stop AAPI Hate, a group that tracks anti-Asian violence, said it had received nearly 3,800 reports of hate incidents since mid March, 2020, around the time that the Covid-19 pandemic seized the U.S. More than 500 of those came in the first two months of 2021. (Nicole Craine/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

Black and Asian solidarity against racism is powerful. But it is not the solution.

Alicia Lue: ‘Reliving and assuming each other’s traumas will not dismantle white supremacy. The onus falls squarely at the feet of our shared oppressors.’ 

Wes Hall (Courtesy of Kingsdale Advisors)

How Wes Hall is attacking racist systems, starting at the top

The Torontonian—who grew up in a tin shack in Jamaica and went on to establish a top shareholder advisory firm—launched the BlackNorth Initiative to nudge social change starting in Canada’s boardrooms

People march with those who claim they are members of the Proud Boys as they attend a rally in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in support of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

‘I feel ineffably sad… it’s so clear how much they hate Black people’

BLM-Canada co-founder Sandy Hudson on the riots at the U.S. Capitol and how anti-Black hatred has been permitted to grow in political strength without consequence

Ravyn Wngz (left) in Toronto and Sandy Hudson in LA. (Photograph by Dimitri Aspinall; Photograph by Nikk Rich)

‘Courage and truth’: What Sandy Hudson and Ravyn Wngz hope to see in 2021

The Black Lives Matter activists have a discussion on what needs to happen next after a devastating but also inspiring year

Why the ideal of meritocracy only deepens inequality

Harvard professor Michael Sandel argues the Western world has ‘outsourced our moral judgment to markets’ and wrongly assumed that ‘the money people make is the measure of their contribution to the common good’

A woman carries sage as people take part in an "abolish the police sit-in" in Toronto in June (Carlos Osorio/Reuters)

What we’re seeing in 2020 is Idle No More 2.0

Pam Palmater: A much larger and more powerful movement than the last, led by Black and Indigenous peoples and supported by millions of Canadians

A woman embraces her son during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in St Louis, Missouri (Lawrence Bryant/Reuters)

How the nuclear family structure was forced upon present-day Black families

Andray Domise: This structure not only eroded the modes that Africans had long thrived on and carried out in their tradition, it drove the production of social and environmental ruin

Dumba takes a knee during the U.S. national anthem, flanked by Nurse, right, and Subban. (Jason Franson/CP)

Is the NHL’s ice age of racial non-progress finally ending?

Image of the Week: Matt Dumba’s anthem-kneel kicked off the playoffs—and an uncharacteristic flurry of self-examination

Ravyn Wngz is a member of Black Lives Matter Toronto (Jalani Morgan)

‘As a queer, trans and Afro-Indigenous woman, I believed that I could never be a representative of Black liberation’

Ravyn Wngz: On July 18, Black Lives Matter Toronto held an art demonstration that involved painting and stencilling three racist statues in pink. To me, the colour pink represents life—vibrant, bold and free.

The Torotno Raptors team bus in Florida, posted to Twitter on July 9th, 2020. (@Raptors/Twitter)

What Americans tend to get wrong about racism in Canada

Matthew Amha: NBA star Draymond Green’s ill-informed comments about Black Lives Matter in Canada have inspired a broader debate about the Black-Canadian freedom struggle

Police arrest an African-American protester, whose face is bloodied following a confrontation with police, during an anti-Vietnam War protest near 14th street in Manhattan, New York City, New York following the Kent State shooting, May 7, 1970. (Stuart Lutz/Gado/Getty)

How armed police officers on campus have become a ubiquitous part of American college life

Angela Wright: Over 100 American universities have contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense. This has allowed universities to procure grenade launchers, armoured vehicles and military assault rifles like the M-16.

Hal Johnson (Photograph by Brianna-Roye)

Hal Johnson: ‘Yes, there is systemic racism in Canada’

For my entire life I’ve had to conform to society in order to succeed. I’ve become a chameleon. Change will happen when the people in power are no longer afraid to put people of colour in key decision-making roles.