by Radheyan Simonpillai
Originally publisher: May 31, 2017
By now you must have read the news about the newsmakers, the editors at major Canadian publications who glibly batted around an "appropriation prize" -- the resulting outcry diagnosed by The Walrus' former editor in chief Jonathan Kay as what happens when "identity-politics fundamentalists run riot."
This has been a particularly painful chapter for any minority in Canadian media, watching the gatekeepers in the news industry dismiss concerns that are directly tied to representation and opportunity. Look at bylines to see how disproportionate they are. Look at the news and see how marginalized communities are characterized. And then look at these editors' tweets to see why such voices are so rarely taken seriously. It's not a good look.
And check the fallout: two resignations and a reassignment with sensitivity training at the time of this writing, and large demographics whose distrust in Canadian media has only grown stronger.