Daily Archives: September 21, 2015

6 Questions with Ladies of the 6ix

We continue our coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival by interviewing “Ladies of the 6ix,” a few young Canadian professionals navigating Toronto’s diverse cultural environment: Abeer, Natasha, Yolanda, and Sharob. We explored the differences between American and Canadian social perceptions, the mental process of race and nationality, Toronto slang, regional differences, dating, and the…

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“The Black Guy Did it” Syndrome: Scott Lattin’s False Accusation is Part of American Tradition

It’s an American tradition to make the black body a scapegoat for white criminality. The infamous “black guy did it” syndrome (in this case, “black lives matter”) plays on the fears of all Americans–it’s the quintessential way of dehumanizing blackness–make it a perpetual threat, heighten the racial biases, and exploit it for sociopolitical gain. It’s…

Ta-Nehisi Coates Explores the Enduring Myth of Black Criminality

“There’s a long history in this country of dealing with problems in the African American community through the criminal justice system.The enduring view of African Americans in this country is as a race of people who are prone to criminality.” I’m still reading “The Black Family and the Age of Incarceration,” Ta-Nehisi’s 17,000 word Atlantic…

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