Growing up, the athlete was portrayed as shallow, unintelligent, and unconcerned with the affairs of the world. This has never been the case with Black athletes, so why are white sports fans continually surprised? We talk to Donnovan Bennett from Sportsnet about the implications and stakes surrounding the activist athlete.
Guest: Donnovan Bennet, Sportsnet Host, Writer
Why do Black artists in this country have to leave home to find their fame? And why are we only happy to claim them after they’ve already made it somewhere else? How can we offer better support to our artists early on and what can we do to help our Canadian artists stay in Canada and still find global success?
Guest: Dalton Higgins, Author
Most Black people show up differently depending on the world they’re in—from life at work to with friends to at home, there’s often code-switching at play. And, since Canada is so multicultural, young Black people are commonly subjected to a simple two-letter phrase: “white-washed.” On the surface, this seems trivial but deep down, to be “white-washed” means something much bigger than simply seeming white. What does this phrase really mean and how does respectability play a role in daily Black life?
Guest: Sajae Elder