Anthony Morgan
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Born to parents of Jamaican heritage, Anthony Morgan is a bilingual Canadian who was born and raised in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Currently based in the GTA, Anthony enjoys thinking, publicly speaking and blogging about Canadian social and political affairs, Caribbean diaspora politics and the politics of Canadian multiculturalism. In the summer of 2013 he authored The Universal Charter of Media Representations of Black Peoples . The Charter was drafted as a tool for public education and awareness on the impact of the media on Black lives and experiences, as well as a tool for community organizing and advocacy against all forms of anti-Black biases and racism in the media.

In addition to holding an LL.B and B.C.L. from McGill University, Faculty of Law, he holds an Hons. BA from the University of Toronto in Ethics, Society & Law.
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How Canadian Media Enforce a Black Male's Self-Hatred

(21) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 8:12 AM

Recently, the online version of the British national daily newspaper, The Guardian, published an article entitled "Why I hate being a black man." The article is by the black Canadian poet, essayist and documentarian, Orville Lloyd Douglas. Judging from the flurry of online comments, brother Douglas' lament of...

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Where's the Justice in Calling a Lesbian a Man?

(18) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 6:21 PM

Systems don't suddenly fail; either they're originally built to fail in a particular manner, or (more commonly) a total failure of a system is the result of multiple small, but unchecked failures that build up over years, decades, and sometimes even generations. The challenge is to be vigilant and willing...

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How the Trayvon Martin Tragedy Would Have Looked in Canada

(103) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 9:08 AM

In the wake of the July 12 verdict exonerating George Zimmerman of the murder of unarmed teen, Trayvon Martin, I've read, overheard, and been directly confronted with adamant assertions that a tragedy like this could never happen in Canada. "Forget the Stand Your Ground laws and the not guilty verdict,"...

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How French Immersion Got Me Out of the 'Hood

(24) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 12:31 PM

In a recent op-ed by Margaret Wente, The Globe and Mail's favourite lightning-rod commentator offers her take on what's behind the growing popularity of French Immersion in Canada.

Wente spends the article trashing the program and ultimately suggests that French Immersion should be rolled back to the...

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This African-American Refugee Found Freedom In Canada

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 5:02 PM

"Canadian Judge Frees North Carolina Negro"

The above is the title of a New York Times article published on March 3, 1922. The "North Carolina Negro" being referred to is Matthew Bullock. This is his story:

In 1911, Canadian Prime Minister, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, passed the following Order...

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How a Black Man Saved Queen's University

(5) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 5:40 PM

This story is written in honour and recognition of a Canadian hero: Canada's first black university graduate and our country's first black lawyer, Robert Sutherland (1830-1878).

Gifted scholar, distinguished debater and noble philanthropist, Robert Sutherland, a native of Jamaica, became the first known black student to graduate from...

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Canada's First Black MP Leaves an Important Legacy

(2) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 6:11 PM

Notwithstanding Canada's collective commitment to the value and promise of multiculturalism, most black Canadians continue to live out their experience in this country consciously and unconsciously trying to grapple with a single question: "Am I a Canadian who happens to be black, or a black person who happens to be...

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The Black Canadian Activist Who Was Never a Citizen

(10) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 6:11 PM

Canada has lost one of its fiercest, most uncompromising, contentious and passionate pursuers of justice and equality, Mr. Charles Roach. On October 2, 2012, Roach passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer. He was 79 years old.

A Renaissance man, Roach was a former reservist...

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Does Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Have a White Saviour Complex?

(20) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 10:49 AM

The City of Toronto's Mayor, Rob Ford, recently took to the regular radio segment he hosts with his brother, Doug.

This time, it was to defend himself against allegations that he has been using city-funded resources (cellphones, cars and staff) to manage his youth football...

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Does This Nova Scotian Premier Hate Black People?

(66) Comments | Posted July 14, 2012 | 8:28 AM

Lights. Camera. Reaction.

"...Nova Scotia Premier, Darrell Dexter, does not care about black people."

As hyperbolic as that statement is, dumbfounded à la Kanye West was my initial disposition after reading articles I recently came across chronicling a brewing controversy in Nova...

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That Gangster Could Be the Next Bill Gates

(3) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 1:10 PM

Urban gang activity is pillared by economic poverty, but the permanence of such activity is sanctioned by a poverty of ideas.

In a speech recently delivered in Westminster, UK Member of Parliament and Chair of the London Gangs Forum, Chuka Umunna, shook conventional assessments of urban gangs by...

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An Africentric School Will Teach the Community Too

(2) Comments | Posted June 3, 2012 | 4:17 PM

Within the mythology of our public consciousness "the 'hood" exists as being little more than fear-inspiring epicenters of urban crime, violence and poverty. In fact, when we think of what it's like in the 'hood, often our collective imagination conjures up images of that scary side of our cities where...

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Canadian Citizenship -- What's the Queen Got to Do With It?

(100) Comments | Posted June 2, 2012 | 1:00 AM

To many individuals and families around the world, Canada is rightfully regarded as a resettlement destination that offers immigrants and new Canadians a range of freedom, choice and opportunity that only a relatively small portion of the world's population is privileged enough to take for granted.

In becoming new...

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What's Wrong With Affirmative Action? Ask the CBC

(32) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 1:03 PM

In a recent article, Rex Murphy characterized affirmative action as "an inequity in itself," "hollow" and "false." In his usual stern-faced, firm and finger-wagging manner of analyzing the issues of the day, Murphy makes some excellent and interesting points.

Though I don't entirely agree with his assessment...

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Rob Ford is Shooting Crooked on Gun Control

(3) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 3:25 PM

The truth hurts. In fact it stings most deeply when it cuts at one's tender liberal sensibilities. Toronto City Councillor, Gord Perks, learned this first hand on Wednesday during a Toronto City Council debate that saw his and the City of Toronto's position on gun violence inadvertently exposed...

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Our Health Minister Plays Race Card, Democracy Loses

(6) Comments | Posted April 26, 2012 | 2:34 PM

During Monday's Question Period, MP Dr. Carolyn Bennett asked Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq to explain "why (the Minister's budget) cuts target the population with the worst health outcomes in Canada, the aboriginal people of Canada?"

Usually this question would be taken as a normal part of the...

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Leonard Austin Braithwaite is Dead. Do You Even Care?

(2) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 12:13 PM

As I write this, my heart is still heavy from learning about the death of a Canadian hero: Leonard Austin Braithwaite, C.M., O.Ont., Q.C., who died in March of this year. My heart grows heavier still as I realize that it is through this article that most will come to...

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Where is the Black Outrage Against Williamson's MLK Remark?

(20) Comments | Posted April 10, 2012 | 1:24 PM

While delivering a speech in support of the Senate's recent vote to scrap the long-gun registry last Thursday, Tory MP John Williamson stood up in the House of Commons and with the supportive cheers of a number of other Conservative MPs, triumphantly proclaimed, "Free at last, free at...

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La grève et les minorités

(39) Comments | Posted March 28, 2012 | 1:23 AM

Ça fait maintenant plus de cinq semaines que la grève étudiante a commencé au Québec. Force est de constater que le mouvement a grandi à un point tel qu'on le nomme le « printemps érable» dans certains cercles. Ce que les étudiants font est important et louable, mais en tant...

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