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Unpacking the knapsack of race privilege

Photo: phossil/Flickr

This article, first published in 1999, was taken from rabble.ca's vaults in time for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21.

It's several weeks after Black History Month; have you checked your racial awareness recently?

My own awareness received a sharp and exhilarating little jolt when I read an article by Dr. Peggy McIntosh in a journal published by the National Association of Women and the Law.



Black in Latin America

A few years ago a group of us went on a visit to "Ile de Gorée" -- the island was a sunlit 20-minute ferry ride off the coast of Dakar, Senegal. When reaching the shore, my first impression was that we had reached a tropical oasis: brightly coloured pink, brown and yellow buildings, children running along the dock, and vendors selling carved, rotund, wooden hippos. Within a 15-minute walk we came to a church and the guide informed us in elegant French, "In 1992 Pope John Paul II came here and asked for forgiveness."

Women's economics

| March 14, 2012

Palestinian citizens of Israel face systematic discrimination

January 18, 2012
| The 1.4 million Palestinians who are citizens of Israel face discrimination on par with African-Americans prior to the civil rights movement.
Length: 14:24

Older workers need jobs too: End workplace age discrimination

Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm


OWN Co-op, Meeting Room
115 The Esplanade St. Lawrence Neighbourhood
Toronto, ON
43° 38' 52.134" N, 79° 22' 18.9012" W

Age discrimination is prevalent in the workplace; many older workers are unable to remain in the labour force or to re-enter it because of age prejudice. As early as the age of 45, individuals are being identified as 'older workers'.

'Will I ever work again?' - a sentiment echoed by thousands of qualified, experienced, older workers. Out-of-work older individuals find it harder than other adults to become re-employed, experience longer spells of unemployment before finding another job, and experience greater earnings losses compared to their level of earnings prior to their unemployment.

When age discrimination does not appear to generate the same degree of moral outrage as other forms of discrimination - IT'S TIME TO BE OUTRAGED.

Pamela Palmater

Justice Minister Vic Toews' wilful blindness to the ongoing 'crisis' in justice system

| November 26, 2011
Progressive Voices

Canada, still colonial

July 21, 2011
| We speak with Dr. Hayden King on Stephen Harper being named honourary chief of the Blood Tribe, Canada's residential school system, the annexation of Six Nations land in Caledonia, and more.
Length: 28:56

Court challenges gay judge's decision

A retired judge and his sexual orientation will be the subject of a court hearing June 13, 2011 in San Francisco. The suit does not have any earlier legal precedent. Backers of the case call it simply a conflict of interest, while opponents fear the precedent could be an unsafe one. Post resource - Legal hearing to determine if gay judge had conflict of interest by Newsytype.com.

Proposition 8 ruled unconstitutional


Canada's Colour Coded Labour Market

April 12, 2011
| Grace-Edward Galabuzi tells Redeye that racialized Canadians face systemic discrimination in the workforce. Galabuzi is co-author with Sheila Block of a new report based on data from the 2006 census.
Length: 14:06
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