‘Socially-Sanctioned Racism’

Clowning in blackface at public events shows the depths of systemic racism in Canada, says the chair of the Senate human rights committee. “I didn’t sleep very well last night,” said Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard (Independent-N.S.), an African-Canadian and former professor at Dalhousie University’s School of Social Work. “It weighed heavily on my mind. I felt a sense of hopelessness.”

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