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CHANGED PEOPLE CHANGE SYSTEMS

As we have passed the halfway point of 2020, what a year this has been so far. First there was coronavirus. The whole world had to make major adjustments. We were told to keep our distance from each other. People had to self-isolate to keep others healthy and safe. The wearing of masks is now…

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74,825

74,825 days. 205 years. That is how long the trans-Atlantic slavery existed in Canada (and the former French and British colonies). 74,825 days. I have been thinking about that number as I remember and mark Emancipation Day in 2020. My first thought was, “yes, yet that’s a long time ago, surely there have been more…

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EMANCIPATION: WHEEL AND COME AGAIN

I approach Emancipation from a tangent. In their incisive work titled Éloge de la créolité/in praise of creoleness, Jean Bernabé et al. aver a dual exteriority for Caribbean peoples. Exteriority is an outward looking disposition of the collective cultural psyche that seeks validation from external sources. The enslaving trade, colonialism, socio-cultural mechanisms economic arrangements of…

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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 Impact of Emancipation in Africa

As I was getting into my fourth year of my theological training in St. Paul’s United Theological College, (now St. Paul’s University Limuru, Kenya) in 2002 I felt that I needed something to challenge me. Otherwise I would have been so bored as many of my classmates who were much older than I, and had…

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