The write time
Writer, broadcaster, journalist and activist — Toronto’s Desmond Cole has moved the debate forward with his intelligent writing and passionate commitment by Ron Johnson
Five years ago, Desmond Cole filed his first story on police carding. After a contentious battle, Toronto Police Service ended the practice of obtaining information on individuals (disproportionately young black men) obtained during random stops, but it has nonetheless kept the data. Cole took things into his own hands last month when he disrupted a Police Services Board meeting demanding the information be destroyed. It was another step in Cole’s remarkable journey from journalist to one of the city’s leading activists. So when he resigned from the Toronto Star, it represented the loss of one of the city’s most exciting young voices. So we tracked him down to see what happens next. about white supremacy being a force that, I think, is an overarching philosophy of what it means to be Canadian. People are losing jobs and being held to account over racism. Maybe the time of excuses is coming to an end? I don’t believe that it’s ending. First of all, we need to acknowledge the reason the [Write magazine] editor lost his job and the reason school board trustee Nancy Elgie resigned is that the people being attacked, black and indigenous people, put a tremendous amount of labour into disrupting, rebelling and fighting back. It is clear this would not have happened without them.