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14 Things We Wish African-Americans Knew About Black Canadians

A boot is something you put your foot in, not something we say.

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First and foremost, yes, Black people exist in Canada. All of Canada, not just Toronto.

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Believe it or not, we don’t all know Drake personally.

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And we do more than “run through the 6ix with our woes.”

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No one from Toronto actually referred to Toronto as ‘the 6ix’ until Drake recently dubbed it the new name of the city.

We thought 6 was just the number that came after 5.
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We thought 6 was just the number that came after 5.

And the term ‘woe’ was actually first used by Toronto rapper Devontée.

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Now that we’ve got the Drake topic covered, let’s move on.

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No. It’s not. We love him, but it’s time to move on.

Blacks from Nova Scotia are the descendants of freed African American slaves.

And while racism may not be as blatant here as in comparison to the US, Canada still isn’t a kumbaya racial utopia. Slavery and slave rebellions took place during the 18th century and Black Canadians still face a great deal of discrimination today.

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We’re sometimes envious of the solidarity among African Americans. There’s a huge divide among Black Canadians as many of us immigrated to this country from Africa and the Caribbean.

We have yet to establish a solid ‘Black Canadian’ identity, and instead often stick to our native cultures.
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We have yet to establish a solid ‘Black Canadian’ identity, and instead often stick to our native cultures.

But on a brighter note, we’ve given you guys some amazing athletes.

Look at Andrew Wiggins, being all NBA rookie of the year swaggy.
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Look at Andrew Wiggins, being all NBA rookie of the year swaggy.

And no, it’s not a myth. Canadian women are beautiful.

That’s only two…
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That’s only two…

There’s more to Canada than Caribana.

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Tribune Bay Beach, BC

But when you come down for Caribana and pronounce ‘Toronto’ with the second ‘t’, we know you’re a tourist.

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It’s pronounced as ‘Torono.’

Yes, there are obvious differences between Canada and the US, but it’s not a totally different world. We’re literally a hop, skip and a border away.

So come visit and see for yourself!
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So come visit and see for yourself!

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