Sunday, April 16, 2017

ABCD: Is the legalization of marijuana in Canada steeped in racism?

Hell yes.

There are the local arguments that I've seen about race, incarceration rates, and possession of marijuana.

But I look at this globally and with a North-South lens.

All this big companies in Canada are going to make piles of money on the production and sale of weed.

Meanwhile, you've got the Caribbean, with the perfect growing conditions (literally can grow weed like a weed), and no one is having conversations about the global trade in marijuana.

This could be a form of reparations.

Open up the trading routes for weed from former slave states in the Caribbean, tax the shit out of it.  Meanwhile it creates jobs (and an entire economy) and pumps money back in the region.

This could be a mini sugar revolution.

ABCD: Why do Black people like pit bulls so much?

Because they are fantastic dogs.

The same reason why the vast majority of knowledgeable dog owners love them.

Loyal. Athletic. Trainable. Relatively healthy breed. Good size.

ABCD: Why do Black people like talking about race so much?

We don't.

We just have no choice.

ABCD: Why is crossfit so expensive?

Simple:

White people don't want Blacks to dominate the sport.

Imagine if golf or gymnastics were cheaper?

ABCD: Why don't more Black people play hockey?

A lot of folks will use the economic argument that hockey is too expensive compared to sports like soccer, athletics, or basketball.

Which is true. There is no secret that Blacks are lower on the socio-economic ladder than Whites.

But there's something else that mainstream society, particularly in Canada, doesn't want to admit:

Hockey is pretty damn racist.

In fact, I would argue that hockey in Canada is the prime of example of "hidden" racism in our country.

Check how our national sport is actually a colonized appropriation of an Indigenous sport (lacrosse).

Check how violence is a "part of the game" - again, how physical, ideological, and systemic violence is embedded in the fabric of Canadian society.

Check how exclusionary and class-based the game is. From rink fees, to skates, to rep and traveling teams. Hockey is about exclusion and not inclusion. Again, if you look at our society that is the norm.

(Sidenote: Check how sexist the game is. Ask any girl or woman if they are treated equally in this sport.)

And then we have PK Subban.

I can't wait until he retires and speaks the truth about how this country has tried to stereotype and exclude him for being better than the good ol Canadian (White) boy at his own game.

ABCD: Are Black people in the Americas worried that Trump will start WWIII?

No.

White people have been at war with Blacks in the Americas since the 16th century.