Jean Augustine interview: Racist Toronto Sun button

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´╗┐And of course this was a big-- I think our memories have gone now past
the recollections around the Toronto Sun, and the writers and all the
people who are writing all kinds of things that were considered to be
prejudicial, to be racist and to create or to have stories that created a
lot of tension in the community. And so the Toronto Sun was always viewed
as a racist paper. There are still a lot of people who don't read The Sun
because of that past history. We know some of the people had gone, we know
the Sun has had different editorial positions now, but there was a time
when the Sun was really a cause of concern for people in not only the black
community but people in the sidelines of society. It was in the 70s, the
80s. It was not so much the kinds of stories, it was really the tone of the
stories, the descriptors that would be used-- like the words that would be
used to describe individuals and also the hard line positions that were put
forward in terms of race. So for example the story would be, you know, why
should we have to do employment equity? There'd be all kinds of viewpoints
around that, or in the case of the police shootings and the marches and
things that were happening, how it was reported. Or in the instance of
things that were happening in public housing, how that was reported versus
how something was reported if it happened in another part of town. So there
were lots of-- the Toronto Sun, people were writing, demonstrating, passing
out buttons, doing all kinds of things.