Month: July 2020

EMANCIPATION DAY

Some have used “apocalyptic” language to describe these pandemic times.  If we understand the root meanings of such terminology, then I would agree; that is, apocalypse is a fancy Greek-based term for “revelation,” for pulling back the curtain of illusion to see what really lies beneath the surface. These are not “the-end-of-the-world” times, but this …

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Why Remember?

The other day, I was having a conversation with a friend about race relations in the US and the call for reparations for slavery and its ongoing economic impacts. During that conversation, my friend asked, “Did we ever have slavery in Canada?” I replied, “Um, I think so… yeah, I’m pretty sure we did. Hmm… …

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Another Emancipation Now

August 1 is known to those of us formerly enslaved and colonized by the British as Emancipation Day. In Ontario, where I sat down to write these words, August 1 is a civic holiday and it is called Simcoe Day. It is named after Maj-Gov. John Graves Simcoe the founder of York, (later Toronto) and …

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The Commemoration of Emancipation Day through the lens of a Theology of Resistance.

The peoples of Transatlantic societies were captured and brought against their wills to the Americas. The movement of the peoples of Transatlantic to the Americas was from freedom and civilisation to bondage and Christianisation, via the Atlantic sea. This movement was an inversion of the biblical Exodus paradigm of liberation.The Exodus paradigm is from oppression …

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Say “Yes” to the Date.

The success of the Haitian Revolution in 1804 unsettled European enslavers across the world. That enslaved Africans had the capacity to defeat one of Europe’s most formidable military units and take hold of France’s most lucrative economic source could undo the entire slave edifice that spread across four continents and several islands. By 1807 the …

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Remember August 1st

Yes, slavery occurred in Canada! Slavery occurred both in the time of the French and British, and the history of this country is intertwined in the practice of African enslavement.  From as early as the 1620’s slavery began in New France and it continued after the British took control.  Slavery came to an end in …

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