Novel Thomas

About the Author Novel Thomas

Novel is a well-respected columnist and a foundation member of the CONTACT team. He graduated from Concordia University’s English department. His writing is insightful and thought-provoking.

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THE GEORGE FLOYD EFFECT…

Novel THOMAS I have never heard so much talk and discussion about race and racism, descriptions like racialization, racialized peoples, minorities and whatever other terms white people have coined and injected into eve-ryday vernacular to describe nonwhite peoples. Something’s brewing… Could it be the “Change…” Sam Cooke lamented in his 1965 song? These days white people, not all of them, just those with a conscience are run-ning for cover (the brave ones are speaking up) as people/victims of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds with historic generational unresolved grievances perpetrated over centuries (by generations of Europeans in the process of colo-nizing, …

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SOLICITING THE SLAVES: THE POLITICAL JIM JONES SYNDROME

They’re still taking the slaves for granted as they peddle opportunistic political goods… [It’s true!] Oftentimes we hear the term Black people are not a monolith. Which is perhaps why in the black grouping some are fractious, ethnocentric, flag-waving nationalists, hence invariably malleable and easily manipulated.Generational evidence attest to, and continue to prove that. Hence our perennial disunity; divided we continue to fall, are falling… Our lack of cohesion continues to prove that we’re pliable, easily manipulated and pawned… Here’s evidence. I’m not a loyal CNN viewer by any stretch, but in my home CNN consumes a vast amount of …

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FOR WHATEVER IT’S WORTH

Black History Month means different things to different people Novel THOMAS It’s customary at this time of year, the month of February, for the mainstream media to cease the occasion by letting us hear and see that they too are doing their part to recognize Black History month. As such, throughout the radio and television broadcast day BHM-oriented happenings are allotted the duration of the month to promote audible and/or visual vignettes to emphasize that the subject of Black peoples’ (still marginalized) history is ultimately everybody’s. And much like Black lives… it matters, so it will not be allowed to …

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2020

Lots of talk, yes, but does anyone care, is anyone listening…? With all due respect to the civil rights icon, anyone and everyone born in the decades of the 1940s to ‘70s, all now 50- to 60- and early 70-something year-olds, should be quite familiar with him, and to varying degrees well-schooled in his historic socio-political exploits… [Before continuing, let me hasten to add that several years ago I was in the presence of a group of Black people, including a Black gentleman who at the time was in his late 70s, and was being interviewed about growing up in …

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Still Much Work To Do

ON THE CUSP OF BHM 2020 Monday, January 20 was the celebration of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. Actually, his official birthdate is January 15, 1929, but in America it’s recognized with an official holiday, in some states reluctantly so. His race and what he championed in his lifetime wrankled many, and by extension his legacy continues to dredge up ill feelings, anger… And in some places there’s still push back as political power brokers still deem the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr persona unworthy of an official national holiday. If he were still alive the Rev. Dr. Martin …

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A NEW YEAR, SAME BATTLES…?

Perhaps… But ‘vigilance’ remains the operative word as people go about the business of making a difference in the community in their individual way. So the ‘year-that-was’ is now that: over. Those so inclined celebrated by rounding out the ‘teens’ decades when the clock struck midnight and the ‘long hand’ ticked its way into 2020.’ No more whining years, just hard numbers going forward into the third decade of the 21st century. Doing my ‘end-of-year’ reflection one thing stuck in my mind, the dogged determination of one Kenrick McCrae, who had been in an ongoing fight with the Montreal police …

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CHRISTMAS: THE TANGIBLE SEASON

Call it the “other season.” None of the others compare. It’s cold, but truly is “the most wonderful time of the year.” Seasons and seasonal celebrations be damned, none of them has anything on Christmas. It’s not an official season per se (as the four annual seasonal ones), but anywhere from December 24 to January 1st or 2nd of the next year, which one can even refer to as the ‘overlap season’. But one can say with little or no argument that it’s the best, most wonderful time of the year. One can even call it the “happy season.” Because …

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It’s Still About Consulting For Meaningful Results

SIGNATURES TO ENGENDER CHANGE? Call it a pre-Christmas gift from the proverbial Black community; I’m talking about twenty thousand or so signatures on a petition (in the works since last year) which was finally submitted to the city of Montreal ostensibly to bring attention to the perennial issue of systemic racism in the various departments that constitute the administration’s daily business, not the least of which is the SPVM, the police. Not only is the petition intended to illuminate the police and their questionable interactions with certain groups, proverbial “visible minorities”, especially Black people… males, it’s also about the invisibility …

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DISAPPEARING US?

Just Conjuring Food For Thought…Novel Thomas There I was last weekend doing domestic, but necessary chores. And as normally is the case whenever I’m doing mundane stuff my mind was roaming and racing with thoughts from the trivial to serious matters of social import. In the process the perennially troubling one of policing in Montreal and how it impact the Black community, more specifically why the police continues to harass Black males in particular came to mind. I know… I know… It’s sounding like Christmas so there must be something pleasant to muse on. Nevertheless… We now know that there’s …

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THE CHERRY-GRAPES FLAVOUR HAS SOURED

No More Flashy Saturday Night Outfits on CBC – For Now I am no hockey fanatic by any stretch; but there was a time when I did watch hockey – a lot, but never played the game. In my younger years I looked forward to weekends, especially Saturday night. It meant tuning in to CBC television for Hockey Night In Canada; a bunch of us (old school friends) regularly got together to enjoy games featuring les Canadiens de Montreal while chomping on pizza and guzzling some brand of beer. It was a nice time to be a hockey fan back …

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