Hiwot Adhanom couldn’t believe what she was hearing from two co-workers conducting a hiring process for a public service job.
Her colleagues were attempting to determine who might meet the job criteria’s preference for Canadian citizens.
“The first answer is ‘I guess we can tell by their name’,” Adhanom said she overheard them say. It wasn’t until they saw her nameplate that they stopped to think that Canadian citizenship means more than that.
It was not her first experience with racism in a workplace. At another job, a manager at a retail store who hired her nonchalantly told her how she was “not anything like all of the other black people who come in here looking for work.”
“She saw nothing wrong with that, she thought she was paying me a compliment by insulting me and every other person who happens to be black,” said Adhanom, one of dozens of people who lined up behind microphones Saturday to tell their experiences to Ontario’s political leaders.
The anti-racism directorate is attempting to come up with a strategy to address systemic racism within government. The meeting is the last of 10 public consultations held across the province before it comes up with a policy, which is expected to be released in the spring of 2017.
“Hey, relax, guys. Trump can’t actually cause World War III.”
“Well, apparently the man couldn’t be taken remotely seriously as a presidential candidate, let alone win the GOP nomination and, eventually, get elected POTUS.”
Ah, but this is where we’ve ended up.
I rule out nothing at this point. We live in Bizarro world.
Dark times all around but there are still people out there who love you
Do not hurt yourself, do not hurt others, get help, talk to someone, anyone. Humanity has survived before and we can do it now if we all just support each other. My country and my people let me down and endangered my life but there’s nothing I or anyone else can do about that so let’s try to spread the love that is so clearly lacking.
Dunking on the “Blacks for Trump” woman and a Carmilla shoutout is the kind of glorious content we have to look forward to when networks finally stop hiring only straight cis white dudes to host late night shows. Please.
I’m so sorry America
I’m sorry for the lgbtq+ community
I’m sorry for poc
I’m sorry for the muslims
I’m sorry for everyone who is not white/straight/christian/cis/male
I’m really sorry
I’m so afraid for you
I hope you to be ok
Stay safe please
Desmond Cole and others are giving a much needed reality check on the hashtag #WhatyoudonotknowaboutCanada (which is largely filled with dismissive Canadian stereotypes aimed at US Voters wanting to flee to the ‘utopia’ that is apparently Canada).