(1) Katy Perry foolishness at the AMAs this past weekend
I still fail to understand what makes cultural appropriation okay in the minds of celebrities – especially after that Miley Cyrus “We Can’t Stop” fiasco. These celebrities need to stop exploiting cultures other than they’re own solely for the purpose of capitalist consumerism – instead of engagement in an intellectual process about gaining knowledge…
(2) Incredibly poignant article about Canada’s delusions of not engaging/supporting acts of racism
This article is basically addressing Orville Llyod’s article in the UK Guardian which discussed why he “hates being a black man” in Toronto. Ish was deep. Unsurprisingly, Llyod initially tried to pitch the article to Canadian newspapers/radio-stations – but no luck. Apparently, his perspective wasn’t worthy of a news feature.
Rachel Decoste, of the Huffington Post, then used that article to delve into Canada’s lack of failure to address issues of racism within its country. Instead, it chooses to hide behind the veneer of an increasingly questionable conception of multiculturalism and universal tolerance/acceptance. So over this BS. Decoste made a fantastic point when she stated:
“It seems that Canadian broadcasters prioritize reporting on
Somali drug dealersBlack criminals and athletes over all other portrayals of Black citizens. It seems we only exist during 28 days in February. Condemned to media hibernation during the other 11 months of the year, Black Canadians are forced to go abroad — to the U.S. and the U.K. — to watch and read of the stories which remain untold.”
When I read that, all I could think was “Preach!”. Decoste hit the nail on the head. While Canadian authorities wage a virtual war on black male youth, largely in urban city-centers, we are forced into silence by the Canadian media. Ish had me wondering if I’d ever sing “Oh Canada” again.
peace and blessings,