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Yesterday morning Torontonians were greeted with an “insightful” article from Toronto Sun senior associate editor Lorrie Goldstein titled “Roots of gang crime: Absentee black fathers ensure future generations of gang bangers.” In his column the veteran reporter cum pseudo-criminologist went on to list not only the origin and causes of gang and gun violence among Black people in Toronto but also the solution to this pandemic problem.
Goldstein started the article with a racist, patriarchal bang full of bigotry and set the tone for what is to come—an article full of victim blaming and racist vitriol all under the liberal guise of ‘concern.’
“We’re having another spasm of gang and gun violence in Toronto, but of course politicians don’t want to address the biggest cause of it,” writes Goldstein. “That’s the breakdown of the black nuclear family and the reality of absentee black fathers, many of whom impregnate as many willing women as they can.”
The problem is not an eroding social system, rampant poverty, gentrification that displaces and further ghettoizes Black people, a well-oiled pipeline to prison or even a Eurocentric education system with a 40% dropout/push out rate for Black youth. Nope. It’s hyper-sexualized Jungle Bunnies who can’t stop bed hopping not even to ensure a promising future for their youth.
I was actually quite impressed with how many racist stereotypes and Black caricatures Goldstein was able to fit into his 544-word opinion piece. The hyper-sexualized Black female, the Mandingo, the Bible thumper, Black people and their poor money management skills and accidental children.
The piece evolves—or rather devolves—from mere victim blaming to all out criminalization of Black people where ‘gang violence’ and ‘gun violence’ all become synonymous with Blackness (despite the fact that the victim and accused of the daylight Little Italy shooting were both white. But I guess that’s neither here nor there). By blurring the lines of race, crime and violence Goldstein’s piece has serious damaging effects.
This isn’t just selling newspapers to idiots. This isn’t just click bait. This is not just racism for racism’s sake. This opinion piece, and articles like it, have real societal and political implications and influence the way these “idiots” vote in elections. It influences whose bill they support and these “idiots” will decide the fate of these Black people. These “idiots” are the decision makers and hack journalists like Lorrie Goldstein need to be taken down every single time they unleash their racist rhetoric on the city.