‘What Am I Missing?’

From New Zealand:
“My dad divorced my mum and married a lovely Maori lady.

“They started a new family. I now have half brothers that are Maori.

“Yet, some Maori tell me I should be thankful Maori let me live in their country and that I should be paying Maori rent, and that NZ belongs to Maori.

“Apparently, I should be OK with my half-brothers owning our local beaches, foreshore, and seabeds and I should go cap in hand to my own brothers asking for permission to access my local beaches. Apparently, my half-brothers should own my drinking water, too, because their skin is a little browner than mine.

“I don’t understand this. I thought we were all supposed to be equal and colour blind. What am I missing?” Continue reading “‘What Am I Missing?’”

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‘Race-Coloured Glasses’

The primitive habit of viewing and classifying oneself and others according to skin colour is becoming more and more mainstream in Canada.

A recent manifestation of this racist worldview’s acceptance was the listing of “Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (To Everyone)” as one of Ottawa’s ‘Hill Times’ “Best Books in 2016”:
https://www.hilltimes.com/2017/01/03/hill-times-list-best-books-2016/91612

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It also was a Finalist for the 2016 Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction, and
a ‘Globe and Mail’, ‘National Post’, ‘The Walrus’, ‘CBC Books’, ‘Chatelaine’, ‘49th Shelf’, and ‘Writers’ Trust’ Best Book of the Year winner.
http://www.harpercollins.ca/9781443441438/brown

Continue reading “‘Race-Coloured Glasses’”