(Background, for those who haven’t been following)
Last updated July 3, 2019
Journal de Montréal/Québec
The Globe and Mail
Le Courant des Hautes-Laurentides
The Stage (U.K.)
Le Figaro (France)
Note: Links are in roughly chronological order, grouped by publication. I’ve included in this list only columnists, editorialists, critics and regular bloggers for mainstream publications, and excluded news stories, letters to the editor, social media posts, interviews about people’s opinions, and invited opinion pieces. Headshots appear multiple times where a writer has written multiple pieces about the subject. I’ve also excluded radio and television broadcast opinions because of the difficulty in finding and compiling them. I’ve probably missed a few — if so point them out in the comments and I’ll add them.
See also: What black people think about Slav
There are as many black columnists represented here as black performers in the show! Oh, Quebec.
Even the Federalist wrote ups piece on the show.
Let’s ask the white people what they think… A quick pan though the images found only two obvious people of color… maybe one or two mixed. Otherwise, it’s a whitewash.
So what you’re saying is that JdeM and Le Devoir are the ones who take diversity hiring seriously.
To be fair, some might be Metis, or even native, though I suspect not.
The Suburban editorial was interesting because he invokes the civil rights movement. But segregation started to break when people decided that whatever the risk, they wanted something better. So Rosa Parks didn’t move, and gave so many people power to act. The lunch counter sit ins were black students at the beginning. The Freedom Rides started as an elite thing, black and white together but after Jim Peck and John Lewis were badly beaten, and a bus burned, they decided they couldn’t continue. That’s when Diane Nash of the sit ins stepped in, worried that a stall might end things, so lots of black students continued it, later white students joining in.
The parallel is that until people can tell their own story, nothing has changed. The show is white people telling a story, and lots of white people saying why it’s okay. Even some people dismiss the fuss, “it’s just another liberal thing”, missing that black people (and natives in other stories) are there speaking up.
One time Sam Steele, not yet a Mountie, went to Red River as part of the expeditionary force. My great, great grandmother’s brother’s house was torched by someone, one of many retaliatory things that happened. The Force provided no protection to the those in the provisional government, even though cousin Louis formed it by convincing people to be a part of it, even when they differed from him. That’s not part of popular history, so much has been erased. Stories have to be told by those involved, part of the necessary rebalance. Maybe then it matters less if white people tell a story or work in native art
It’s SL?V (very easily typeset), not “Slav.” (The upper case is the questionable part.)
Good type and copy: Still never a priority for Canadian hacks, whose degree of knowledge is, by definition, sufficient. (Look how far it’s gotten you!)
Wow, thanks for taking the time to compile this, Steve. The “What black people think about SLAV” is helpful too.
Vanessa Destiné Tabloid (Québecor)