Imagine waiting 200 years for shoes

Strong ballet traditions mean dancers of colour have long gone without pointe shoes that are designed for their skin tone. Tights, as well, remain traditionally pink. In a recent New York Times article, dancer Precious Adams says, “I want to look my best on stage. I’m not colorblind, and I think it ruins the line [...]

Can I Touch Your Hair and other ways to talk to your child about race

It can be harder for a person coming from a place of privilege — white, middle class, unaccustomed to being singled out in a crowd — to know where to start when speaking to their children about race relations. The instinct might be to say, “Everyone is equal. Everyone is the same inside.” But we [...]

Turning the tables on Redskins fans

Joseph, a marketing professional and CEO of We Have Stories, wore a shirt modeled off the Washington team's logo with a few small tweaks: The shirt read "Caucasians" rather than the usual slur, with a white bust in place of the team's current mascot. Tap here to read the full story. https://twitter.com/FredTJoseph/status/1024330451941564416

When did silence become the rule for abortions — again?

You might not have even noticed, how few women are openly discussing their personal experience with abortion any more. Our freedom here in Canada and the protections of Roe v. Wade in the south might have made us complacent. As U.S. Justice Kennedy prepares to retire, abortion rights are very much back in the news [...]

Yes, actually, I am offended

This four-panel meme has been going around social media again. It shows people in various centuries dying of black plague, working 16-hour days, fighting a war, and, finally in the 2000s, sobbing because they’ve been offended. The point seems to be that people can’t imagine real tribulation anymore and haven’t any courage, so they’re easily [...]

Using a person’s name is a matter of respect

It’s a no-brainer when you’re introduced to someone. “This is James. He’s our new IT guy.” “It’s Jim,” he says. You call him Jim, and everyone is happy. It should be exactly this simple when we’re faced with something less expected: “Actually, I go by Rhonda now” or “My pronoun is they.” Told once, never [...]