Jazz Goldman and I just went to Pride. Jazz is a friend of mine, an ocassional sex partner of mine, a professional cuddler for cuddlist, all about the performing arts, and all about community building.
Jazz and I have in common being some flavor of gender non-confirming and also being mixed race humans. In Jazz’ case, they are a Black Jew, and in my case I’m a British Indian. Very, very different backgrounds, and yet the experience of being a quote “third culture” end quote child has its similarities. Jazz is most importantly a sexuality intellectual. We sometimes get lost on tangents as we both find each other so interesting even when we’re off topic.
Back on topic: did I say we two mixed race, queers of colour were just at Pride?
Well it turns out some queers, especially some queers of colour, have strong feelings about Pride sometimes and we want to present some thoughts that might currently be less common in the mainstream while remaining as polite and kind to current organizers as possible as they still fill an important role or niche – but we’ll say more about that in the podcast.
Jazz mentions Ericka Hart who you can find here: http://www.ihartericka.com/bio/
Resources on Racism in Canada
I mentioned during the podcast that of indigenous youth in custody, the numbers were highest in Manitoba where 92% of the boys in custody are indigenous and 98% of the girls in custody are indigenous though indigenous populations are about 15% of Manitoba’s total population. “In 2006-07, the proportion was 21 per cent. But 10 years later, Indigenous boys made up 47 per cent of correctional admissions and Indigenous girls accounted for 60 per cent.” See: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/youth-incarcerated-indigenous-half-1.4720019
“Among the provinces, Aboriginal adults made up the greatest proportion of admissions to custody in Manitoba (74%) and Saskatchewan (76%). These two provinces also have the highest proportion of Aboriginal adults among their provincial populations at 15% for Manitoba, and 14% for Saskatchewan.” Adult and youth correctional statistics in Canada, 2016/2017 or https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/85-002-x/2018001/article/54972-eng.htm
These numbers are in my opinion so bad because youth incarceration is dropping for non indigenous folks only, which is to say as the situation is supposedly being made better, it’s being made better for non indigenous folks only. That is to say, systemic Racism is having a more observable impact now as we seem to have decided as a society not to treat people like this… unless they’re indigenous.
“They need to be with their families in their communities, surrounded by their culture, in their land, able to speak their language; and we are facing a humanitarian crisis in this country where indigenous children are vastly, disproportionately overrepresented in the child welfare system. We have provinces like Manitoba where there are 11,000 children in care and 10,000 of them are indigenous. This is very much reminiscent of residential schools systems where children are being scooped up from their homes, taken away from their families, and we will pay the price for this for generations to come. We have to change the system.”
https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/85-002-x/2019001/article/00010/tbl/tbl10-eng.htm (Admissions of youth to correctional services, by characteristics of the person admitted and type of supervision program, selected jurisdictions, 2017/2018)
“In 2006-07, the proportion was 21 per cent. But 10 years later, Indigenous boys made up 47 per cent of correctional admissions and Indigenous girls accounted for 60 per cent.”