All is well in white Toronto


In­cum­bent may­oral can­di­date John Tory’s in­abil­ity to grasp the ex­is­tence, ex­tent and im­pli­ca­tions of his white priv­i­lege (NOW, Oc­to­ber 11-17) is akin to white Toronto’s in­abil­ity to grasp why fringe may­oral can­di­date Faith Goldy’s views are racist (NOW, Oc­to­ber 4-10). Both are rooted in a con­flict-averse fragility that com­fort­ably mas­quer­ades as prag­ma­tism.

Do you think I’m ex­ag­ger­at­ing? Con­sider this:

A white man, along with his white cabi­net, elected by white On­tario, en­acted a bill that rigs Toronto’s im­mi­nent elec­tion in favour of white can­di­dates. The bill is then struck down by a white man, on the grounds that it vi­o­lated a Con­sti­tu­tion writ­ten by white men.

Alas, more white men later ruled to stay the de­ci­sion (ef­fec­tively re­vers­ing it) so that the two white front-run­ners for mayor could en­joy the “bal­ance of con­ve­nience,” as they vie to lead Can- ada’s most di­verse city. Are you feel­ing de­fen­sive yet?

With the ta­ble now set for him, in­cum­bent may­oral can­di­date Tory need not be both­ered to even leave his house, let alone put forth an idea.

After all, the kids are asleep; the cops are about; the taxes are low; the gas tank is full; and all is well in white Toronto. Alykhan Pa­bani


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