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The sorry state of Canadian civil liberties: Recasting ‘Uncle Tom’ as civil rights hero

In All on 2014/11/20 at 21:13

by Sam Boshra

Racism in Canada finds fertile ground online: Joanne St. Lewis case is just one that shows how internet easily spreads racist message
— Terry Reith and Briar Stewart, CBC News November 12, 2014

A well-intentioned CBC initiative to shine a light on racism in Canada has gone awry with this story on Ms. Joanne St. Lewis, a University of Ottawa professor. The story neglects to specify what provoked a fellow professor to direct a racial epithet at her in the first place: Her disingenuous efforts to discredit a report on systemic racism at the university, on behalf of its (then) all-white executive. Contrary to the story’s premise, Ms. St. Lewis is no civil rights hero.”


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