Rant from Rabble: Do Black Lives Matter in Canada?

As events in Ferguson, New York, Oakland and beyond unfold, many Canadians have been quick to distance ourselves from the systemic racism that has plagued the U.S. since the times of the transatlantic slave trade.

With most Canadian historical accounts selectively highlighting the Underground Railroad, we overlook the history of enslaved Black people within Canada, de facto prohibition on Black immigration from 1896-1915, displacement of communities from Africville and Hogan’s Alley, made-in-Canada segregation laws, foreign policy from Haiti to Somalia, and pervasive institutional and interpersonal anti-Black racism…

  • kkruger71

    You know what? As a present to myself and my blood pressure, I avoided the temptation to click on a link to rabble. Merry Christmas to me!

    • New Centurion

      I did…I’m not allowed to dream of a “white” Christmas anymore 🙁
      Harsha Walia (@HarshaWalia) is a South Asian activist and writer based in Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish Territories. She has been involved in grassroots migrant justice, feminist, anti-racist, Indigenous solidarity, anti-capitalist, and anti-imperialist movements for over a decade.
      Calling all cisgender beta males put your balls in a jar: Harsha is quite the catch!

  • UCSPanther

    I don’t know what these people are smoking, but it needs to be outlawed and pronto!

  • DonaldDouglas

    These Rabble goons are idiots, lol!

  • luna
  • Minicapt

    “… history of enslaved Black people within Canada …” unfortunately, no-one referencing this ever gets around to describing how this situation functioned. Apparently “The Book of Negros” was a figment of collective imagination. And Governor Simcoe never legislated an official ruling against black slavery.
    Black lives in Canada matter only to the extent that they can be used by the enemy to create hostility toward normal society in Canada.


    • Clausewitz

      Slavery in Canada was outlawed at the same time as William Wilberforce outlawed it in Britain, since Canada was nothing more than a colony at that time. It was totally ignored in Canada due to the fact that the only history of slavery was from Native tribes during their wars pre European engagement.

      • Minicapt

        1795, in Upper Canada, eliminating it in stages over 25 years.


  • Ed

    Victimology envy

  • minuteman

    If blacks in Canada want their lives to matter they have to top acting like animals. Read the Toronto Sun, or I imagine any other big city news paper and you will see that black are over represented in the violent crime stories way out of proportion to their numbers in the population. If we kept statistics I think you would find that our crime numbers are as racially lopsided as the US’s The only “comforting” part is that as more and more diversity kicks in I have notice a lot higher “mohammad quotient”

  • jayme

    I know many black radicals in Canada feel Affirmative Action does not go far enough.

  • But it says “BIACK” on the sign.

    • simus1

      Using the lower case “l” among all the other capitals was no doubt thought to be “a brilliant striking out by the masses against an oppressive white patriarchal construct seeking to hold them in bondage, blah, blah, blah.”

      • Except lives has a capital L.

        • simus1

          And a (converted to?) lower case “i”, plus capitals “VES” at lower case height.

          Fine products of the ON Ed system(?) doing their best.

      • Besides, how do we know it’s not a capital I?

  • “Liberal white guilt” is what happens when leftist white politicians have too much time on their hands. Leftist white politicians are always unhappy about something.

  • New Centurion

    Africville what a laugh!
    I’m from Dartmouth and “Africville” is THE focal point of Negro grievance. Whenever something happens involving blacks, “Africville” manages to find its way into the conversation.

    To be blunt, Africville was a shithole (no one from Africa lived there). It was garbage dump, a ghetto, open sewers, bad water, disease, crime ridden, poor education the whole shebang. The population was “displaced” and re-located to an affordable housing project on Gottingen Street to make way for the A Murray MacKay Bridge in the late 60’s. Naturally, and in short order, the affordable housing project became a ghetto too (and why wouldn’t it? you’re just putting the same people with the same worldview in a different house). I could never understand the romanticism blacks attached to a dump. Of course the government was eventually browbeaten into issuing the “Africville apology” along with a compensation package for 4 + million. This just legitimized the whole “Africville industry”. When I grew up there were areas just outside Dartmouth, Preston being one, with a large population of blacks; you just didn’t go to as a white (even the cops where reluctant to go) because of black crime.