JORDAN B. WRIGHT

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In the diverse streets of Toronto I believe difference is something to be proud of and celebrated, however, it has been a means for discrimination and injustice.

As a white person I do not know what it feels like to be discriminated against for the color of my skin. I walk through the world with this privilege every day.

I have experienced racism through how the people I love in my life who are black have been treated and how some of them are seen as black, never as white, even though they are mixed race. Lawrence Hill discusses this issue in his novels Any Known Blood, The Book of Negroes, and his memoir Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada

We continue to embrace subtle means to define people by dint of their blood purity, or by degrees of mixture. It still influences the way we talk when we describe our neighbour as half black and half white, or our co-worker as one-quarter Irish, one-quarter Japanese, and one-half Nigerian. How quaint. How exotic. How ludicrous. Human identity cannot be arithmetically quantified. You cannot break down blood into discrete racial parts. Each time we try to do it, we reveal the very looniest parts of our hearts and minds. And we open the door to mistreatment and injustice.
— Lawrence Hill

When walking through Toronto, Ontario, Canada, it is important to remember that this was the home for First Nations people long before anyone else arrived. I use the term First Nations for lack of a better word in English. First Nations is a highly political term as it excludes Métis, Inuit and mixed identities. There is no politically correct term other than in mother tongues such as Cree, Inuktitut, Ojibwe or many of the other indigenous languages which are at risk of surviving due to lower populations speaking them. There are currently over fifty aboriginal languages spoken in Canada. 

Our Canadian history of colonialism, Japanese internment camps and slavery must be acknowledged. For those wanting to adopt First Nations homeland as their own Woodworth speaks of practices which might recover and reconstruct traditional identities as Indiginous people host.

In this reconstructed and renewed relationship we might all correct and model a way to address the destructive patterns of colonization which have contaminated relationships among peoples all over the plant over the past several hundred years.
— Woodworth

Some people believe Toronto has become a city which prides itself on multiculturalism, however as said by Mannette:

Multiculturalism is racism multiplied.
— Mannette

It is obvious when Olivia Chow runs for mayor and is subjected to racism by the public and the media there is much work to be done.

Andy Donato Toronto Sun Cartoonist published a portrayal of Chow with slanted glasses

Andy Donato Toronto Sun Cartoonist published a portrayal of Chow with slanted glasses

Because I am Chinese-Canadian, I must be a communist and have slanted eyes and glasses … and since I am a woman, I must be inferior and therefore not good enough for the job of the mayor so I must rely on my deceased husband so it is both racist and sexist.
— Olivia Chow

As a musician and someone who believes in Olivia Chow I organized an event last year to encourage people to support her.