White men abstain | The Journal of Montreal

Dear readers of Montreal Journal and Quebec magazineI love you.

As you know that I like to point out the slippages of political correctness, you regularly send me mind-boggling examples that you collect for me.

Every week, I discover new examples of positive discrimination in the cultural milieu.


A reader who is a SOCAN member musician sent me a copy of the email he received last week announcing the awards presented during the year.

1- Canadian Black Music Award. This award aims to celebrate the outstanding works of black music creators with Canadian citizenship and was created in response to the high-profile racial tensions that have plagued the beginning of 2020 as well as the problematic invokes of systemic racism in our societies.

2- Indigenous Songwriter Award. The award recognizes artistic excellence in the work of an Indigenous songwriter in Canada and is an important part of the SOCAN Foundation’s efforts to encourage, celebrate and promote Indigenous music creators.

3- Elles de la Musique Award, aimed at spreading and supporting Canadian music creators in the music community who identify as women and want to take their music to the next level.

So if you are not black, not female, not indigenous, bye bye, sayonara, no award you can apply for.

On the cinema/television side, a reader is now sending me this press release from INIS. “Students in the Mixte program carried out their intensive six-month training on Monday during which they explore several genres and audiovisual formats, from documentaries to fiction series.

  • Listen to the Durocher-Dutrizac meeting broadcast live every day at 12:45 p.m. Going through QUB-radio :

This training is offered through the Netflix Bra, and is restricted to racialized people, people who identify as visible minorities, and people from Indigenous backgrounds.”

Finally, another reader informs me that the Canadian Association of Journalists offers mentoring to emerging journalists BIPOC (this acronym includes Black, Indigenous, People of color/Blacks, Natives and people of color). This mentorship (which aims to read the donor’s advice on building a large network of sources) read is offered to Noor Javed, a veiled woman who covers municipal politics in Toronto.

Several things hit me…

Do you need to self-identify as a woman to submit your candidacy for a prize reserved for women?

Is it enough to self-identify as a visible minority for the benefit of the scene?

Seoule a minority woman can give professional advice to a minority professional?

What message do you think this sends to young men who have dared to be born white?


But where has “living together” gone if organizations and institutions have spent their time assigning us an identity? To reduce us to a single aspect of our personality? And to lock us each in our little “community” where we will only be in contact with members of the same “community”?

Women on one side, men on the other? The “BIPOC” on one side, the Whites on the other?

One last question: if it doesn’t matter who can self-identify with a minority identity for the benefit of interesting internships, training or jobs, why don’t we all take the opportunity to self-identify? with me oppressed minority?

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