By Benjamin Akpan
There are many topics today that make lots of people squirm with discomfort: rape, abortion, sexuality, vaccinations, and of course, slavery. It is a dark chapter in North American history and is practically ineffable in the public sphere. For the longest time, Hollywood has attempted to address the issue of slavery. With the 400th anniversary of slaves in America looming, it is important to evaluate the depiction of slavery in film, and whether these films are even necessary at all.
By Moboluwajidide Joseph
Immigrating to Canada is a choice that is accompanied with a slew of challenges. However, often one of the least well-voiced or described challenges to racialized foreigners, is the sudden phenomenon of becoming part of a marginalized community. It is true that Canada is a largely accepting place relative to its southern neighbour, yet racial parity is still an ideal being striven towards. For myself, as an international student taking up studies in a new place, the question of what it meant to be Black in spaces where it wasn’t normative, was one that I had never even imagined.
By Ellie King
It’s been 400 years since the first Africans stepped onto North American soil and were brought to Jamestown, Virginia. Robbed of their freedom, families and what they called home; African men, women and children were confined by the shackles of white supremacy.
By Amin Fereg
It’s easy to commemorate the legacy of Black Canadians during the month of February, but it’s important to recognize that Black History is too rich for it to be celebrated during Black History Month.
Black history is in fact also Canadian history, and should be treated as such.