Hi, @TheWindsorStar. I know this is a @nationalpost piece & headline. But have we learned absolutely nothing in the past *20 years* when it comes to national security coverage, headlines and conflating religion with terrorism? This clickbait-y headline is inappropriate.
Although American context, the @AMEJA alongside the @aaja, @sajahq & @NABJ put out great guidance on covering the anniversary accurately and critically:
Even the experts quoted in the piece (shout out to @AmarAmarasingam & @MrMubinShaikh) Calmly lay out what remains issues today, including the concerning rise of right-wing extremism and hate crimes in this country. You wouldn't know it from this headline.
The piece does not reflect on a) the mistakes law enforcement made ahead of 9/11 in preventing such an attack and b) the massive infringement on civil liberties, expanded national security framework, mass surveillance, and shoddy, problematic investigations targeting innocent civ
And jumping to ~now,~ the piece barely glossed over the steep rise in Islamophobic violence in Canada yet manages not to mention the specific attacks on Black Muslim women or the murder of Mohamed-Aslim Zafis, which happened 1 year ago today.

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"You've had opposition politicians speaking at rallies where 'Trudeau for treason' signs have been present... or by sitting down with outlets... by contributing to the misinformation or disinformation problem..." - @supriyadwivedi on @TheAgenda tvo.org/video/the-angr…
"I can show the levels of radicalization are directly connected to the levels of disinformation which are being provoked by these sources of disinformation. It's a really troubling new feature which are making things worse." @VoiceOfFranky on @TheAgenda tvo.org/video/the-angr…
"It doesn't mean, of course, everyone at these lockdown protests is a neo-Nazi. It does mean right-wing extremist groups as well as a whole host of other groups are using these protests to mainstream themselves..." @AmarAmarasingam on @TheAgenda tvo.org/video/the-angr…
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11 Sep
This is a great exploration of the gendered impact of Islamophobia on Muslim women post 9/11: the "racialization" of Islam, media/pop culture (mis)representation, school, friends & more. By Dr. Naved Bakali & Nour Soubani @yaqeeninstitute (h/t @HassamM_) yaqeeninstitute.ca/read/paper/hij…
"Islamic symbols such as the hijab in the case of Noor, despite her ethnic origins aligning with the racialized majority, brought about a situation in which she was marked as contaminating the nationalist space and was told to leave." yaqeeninstitute.ca/read/paper/hij…
"In essence, spotlighting asks Muslim students to explain why other Muslims engage in acts of terror, assuming that they understand the motivations of those who committed them, or that they could speak on their behalf." yaqeeninstitute.ca/read/paper/hij…
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The City of Windsor met with Black leaders in June 2020 following BLM protests and promised ~some~ action. More than a year later, a proposed anti-racism initiative is going to Council tomorrow (on consent!) and well... I have thoughts. A thread: windsorstar.com/news/local-new…
1. This initiative was a result of advocacy from *Black* leaders yet you cannot tell from the proposal. There's little detail on what consulting with Black leaders/orgs looked like.

*You can read the proposal in the agenda for tomorrow. It is item 8.1: citywindsor.ca/cityhall/City-…
2. If, again, this was the result of advocacy from Black leaders, why did this initiative not follow a public bidding process? Why not give the opportunity for a Black community organization or Black-led consultant group to take the lead on this project?
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10 Apr
Hey, county Windsor-Essex peeps, Come get your man. This is a sitting councillor for the Town of Essex spreading blatant racism a year into a deadly pandemic that is not only directing killing people but also harming *many* others as a result of awful xenophobia like this.
This is who to contact at the Town of Essex. I’m thinking the Mayor (lsnively@essex.ca) and Deputy Mayor (rmeloche@essex.ca) should hear about this for sure.
He previously sought the Ontario PC nomination for the riding of Essex. He didn’t get the nomination but this should absolutely be remembered if he seeks the nomination again (or at the federal level).
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9 Apr
Before even diving into the story, I absolutely *love* this photo, @winstarjanisse. What a beauty 🙌🏽 🌉
With respect to the story: I certainly empathize with folks separated from family or having their business out on hold due to the border closure.

I think we also need to acknowledge the layers of who has never had an issue with a border in their life and who has.
I mean, it takes a heck of lot of privilege to not think something is a problem until it personally affects you. Like this dude getting mad only when he was added to a no fly list.
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28 Nov 20
While we wax poetic about Windsor-Essex being one of the "most diverse areas" in Canada, this is what Black students face. We can't address this if we continue to pretend racism doesn't exist in our region.

Thank you @atuwindsor2020 for shining the light here.
"[The frat members] are part of our community & we have to take responsibility for what they did, which was racist, homophobic, etc. And so for [UWindsor president Rob Gordon] to then... push against this, I think is really disingenuous." @Sujith_Xavier cbc.ca/news/canada/wi…
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