Why we need mirrors in literature

by Radiya Hafiza Calls for diversity in literature have been gaining momentum over the past few years but author Meg Rosoff’s comments on Large Fears, a story about a Black queer boy by Myles E Johnson and Kendrick Daye, show why we still have such a long way to go. Rosoff claims “there are not too… Read More

Why is everyone straight?

A Comprehensive guide to diversifiying sexual identification and romantic expression in your writing  by Kayla Ancrum* Whether you like it or not, everyone is not straight. Everyone is not either a boy or a girl. And everyone is not sexual. Though that may be upsetting or confusing to hear at first—like learning the earth is round… Read More

Walls of Whiteness

by Sara Ahmed It has been heartening to witness a heightened concern with race and higher education. An increase of concern helps to expose the lack of previous concern. But is it a welcome exposure. We have had articles in the mainstream media reflecting on the extraordinarily low numbers of black (especially black female) professors… Read More

Does Canada damage black people? | Part 2

“When You’re Strange” by Zetta Elliott  PART II I felt like a stranger in my family—and in my country of origin, Canada—long before my father ever spoke those hurtful words. Orville Douglas is a dark-skinned, gay, Black man and no doubt his experience of discrimination in Toronto is informed by his identity, his personality, and—I suspect—his… Read More

Does Canada damage black people?

by Zetta Elliot “When You’re Strange” Last semester I was displeased but not surprised when a student raised her hand at the end of class and asked how I felt about my hometown’s crack-smoking mayor. Rob Ford is ridiculous enough to be quickly dismissed, but another controversy emerged from Toronto last fall that was deeply… Read More