Unpacking Peggy McIntosh’s Knapsack,White privilege theories dark secret

written by William Ray [White Privilege is] the unquestioned and unearned set of advantages, entitlements, benefits, and choices bestowed upon people solely because they are white. Generally white people who experience such privilege do so without being conscious of it. —Peggy McIntosh, quoted in the Racial Equity Resource Guide The concept of ‘white privilege’ was popularized... Continue Reading →

The lesson the NDP desperately needs to take from the Ontario election.

What we don't need to do as a Party, or party supporters, is to start attacking Ontario Conservative or Liberal voters as "deplorable's" "alt-right" "fascist" or any of the rest of the hyperbolic hate fest. The "us and them" dichotomy of virtue signaling, identity politics helped Ford win Queens Park. Wynne's Liberals approached social issues with the arrogance that has disastrously been in fashion on the left. Anyone who questioned any part of the agenda was labelled as a "fascist" "alt-right" or "something-phobic". This is not progressive politics and it is not in line with core NDP policies of inclusion and respect for all. Debate and education, not hate and derision. It also did more than any one single factor in electing Doug Ford, we made progressive politics a place of shame and division, fear and recrimination. Tommy Douglas wanted us to persuade the other mice of what was actually in their own interest not belittle, and attack them with operatic rhetoric. One is a winning strategy, one clearly, is not.

Truth and Capitulation; A Canadian Colonizer’s prayer for the next 150 years

"We can, if we have the wisdom, light a fire in this place and time, so bright and clear that it will be seen by all the children of man. Many of whom still huddle in darkness and misery in every corner of the earth. Let our actions be a blazing beacon of hope in a world of Donald Trump and YouTube beheading videos. Let us be the example to our children of what is possible for humanity when people of reason and good will work together in good faith."

Dharavi slum tours and poverty tourism in India

Great Journalist . I had the privilege to work with Adam Bemma briefly at CUTV Montréal. The work he does in Africa is amazing.

Adam Bemma

At Mahim Junction in Mumbai, India interviewing two Canadian tourists on the Dharavi slum tour. At Mahim Junction in Mumbai, India interviewing two Canadian tourists on the Dharavi slum tour.

‘Slum tourism’ exists in many parts of the world and draws huge numbers of visitors, seeking to get a glimpse into the lives of the urban poor. But is it a modern version of a curiosity show or can it really help the community?

I put this story together while backpacking through India in early 2015.

This story aired on DW WorldLink June 12, 2015.

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