Opinion: Police solidarity wristbands are disrespectful

It’s no secret that we live in times of heightened tension. It seems nearly all sides of the socio-political landscape nowadays have some form of unwavering opinion bubbling just below the surface, just waiting for the right moment for outrage. One of the more perplexing and complicated conflicts in recent memory has pitted civilians against law enforcement. Unfortunately, thanks to numerous high-profile shootings and deaths of racial minorities at the hands of the police, public confidence in police has swayed. In response to public opinion turning against them, the police have created their own activist movement, Blue Lives Matter, after two NYPD officers were targeted and killed on-duty. Closer to home, Toronto cops are no longer welcome in uniform at […]

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Review: Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give

This novel is a very relevant and important piece of contemporary fiction. Angie Thomas’ story was inspired by the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and her characters are a powerful portrayal of racism in the modern Western world. The novel follows the main character Starr as she confronts police violence, discrimination, and racist rhetoric. At 16 her childhood friend Khalil is murdered by a police officer. Although he was unarmed, he was classified a threat. The news identifies him as a gang member and a drug dealer, but the community repeats he was wrongfully murdered and protest his unlawful treatment. This is where the novel becomes interesting. Thomas beautifully and powerfully captures the haunting confusion Starr falls into as a […]

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Letter: Left and right need to respect each other

I think it’s safe to say we are living in very divisive times, politically speaking. Today, it’s a problem that members of both sides of the political spectrum are absolutely revolted by the other, and nobody seems to be listening to the other side at all. Instead, we seek to take away a person’s right to express a different opinion by labelling them—whether it be as a social justice warrior, a “libtard,” or saying that someone is racist, sexist, or homophobic. I was presented a good example of this the other day. As some may be aware, Toronto Pride recently voted to ban police from marching in and being involved with the organization of the annual Toronto Pride Parade. This […]

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Letter: Identity politics take away from social issues

The separation of the white working class from identity-based coalitions has been about as rough as it can get. Entire countries have been claimed in the divorce, and the infighting doesn’t ever seem to stop. The liberal establishment has decided to play these politics and shame workers if they express their opinion without first “checking privilege.” This censorship has consumed liberal identity and poisoned the appeal to outsiders. Social media is the public forum of politics now, and it’s a surreal joke that all one has to do to get torrents of hate and death-threat messages is express an opinion on the internet. But it’s not just trolls attacking feminists typing “make me a sandwich,” it’s liberals who will deny […]

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Commentary: ‘da Kink in My Hair preaches friendship and self-love

“Whatever makes you happy makes you beautiful.” This is what salon owner Novelette tells her customers in the 2001 play ‘da Kink in My Hair. Set in a hair studio, this production tells the story of seven women who have unique perspectives on life, love, loss, and everything in between. The studio is a place where these women talk about their experiences and share their joys and sorrows. Audiences see characters from all walks of life finding strength in each other’s stories, and illuminating what it means to be a woman, and a black woman in particular.  Novelette, portrayed by playwright Trey Anthony, acts as a mother figure, offering advice and courage to each of her clients, all the while bringing […]

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