It took an American magazine — TIME — to blow the lid on Justin Trudeau’s 18-year-old blackface secret, and now we learn from a British newspaper, The Telegraph, that our prime minister was lying to us even as he staged well-acted apologies.
During his first apology to reporters on his aircraft, Trudeau gave the impression that he dressed up in Aladdin at an Arabian Nights theme party at the school where he was a teacher.
However, The Telegraph reports that far from being a costume party gala, the event was a “black tie” dinner.
“The invitations had said it was “black tie”, with an “Arabian Nights” theme in the form of belly dancers and Middle Eastern music. More than 500 guests showed up. All the men wore tuxedos. Except Mr. Trudeau,” the Telegraph report said.
One guest told the British newspaper, “We were taken aback when he walked in, but it just didn’t seem to register with Justin. … It was not OK.”
NOTE: We’ve all heard his statement. Now the unsaid truth:
As early as 1997, while studying for his B.Ed. degree, Trudeau had to go through class exercises in racism and privilege as part of his “Sociology of Education” course.
He revealed this in December 2016 while answering a question about racism and white privilege at a boisterous gathering of Elementary Teachers of Toronto. Trudeau boasted he was fully aware of the nuances of privilege and racism way back in 1997 or even earlier. He said: “When I was doing my B.Ed. we had a class called Sociology of Education and it was exactly around all that [white privilege] and I remember this exercise where as a class we generated a list, a binary list in terms of pairs in terms or power dynamics; white vs non-white, male vs female, straight vs LGBTQ, all the way down the list … I realized that of the 20 pairs on the list, I was on the power side on 19 of the 20. … So, it was an extraordinarily powerful wake up call for me. Like it or not, whether we like it or not, I was given a power and a voice that I did nothing to earn, that I did nothing to deserve.”
Trudeau told the teachers, “I ended up writing a reflection, a free-verse style reflection of being a straight white male. The essence of it was that if I am lucky, and I am lucky, then I have a responsibility.”
Apparently, between 1998 and 2001, Trudeau forgot his free-verse, and ended up putting on blackface at a black-tie event.
I also wonder where Trudeau was when on May 4, 1992, a demonstration in Toronto, protesting the dismissal of charges against Los Angeles police officers who were filmed beating Black motorist, Rodney King, erupted into violence and vandalism.
My daughter is younger than Justin Trudeau, but she was aware of racism at the time. As president of her school union she rallied the predominantly white students to stand up against anti-black racism. Where were you at the time Justin?